Congratulations! You have a baby on the way! Kisses! Hugs! Cigars! Pink! Blue!

OK, we got it out of our system. As you can tell, we love babies at Mr. Handyman but we also know how much work goes into raising one.

Before the bundle of joy arrives you know it's time to start baby proofing your house. Not sure where to start or what to do? We're here to help. Read our top six ways to get ready for baby:

  1. Get some new perspective. If possible, get down on all fours in each room of your house to see what could be within reach for baby. Have a lot of knickknacks and thingamabobs on lower shelfs or tables? Might be time to put them in a box or on the highest shelf.
  2. Don't cut corners. Cover them! Take a good look at your furniture. Are there any corners or edges that look a little on the sharp side? Consider investing in baby corner guards to protect from potential cuts and scrapes, especially when baby is learning to walk.
  3. Bolt it down. We all have that one piece of top-heavy furniture that you dread moving when rearranging the furniture or moving to a new home. For the unsteady, top-heavy furniture we recommend keeping the cabinets and drawers shut and bolting some pieces into the wall. When baby is learning to stand or walk, he tends to grab a hold of anything in sight to yank himself up.
  4. Fence off dangerous areas. Prevent baby from an accident by fencing off potentially hazardous areas of the home like stairwells. Invest in safety gates that actually bolt to the wall. These are considerably more secure than pressure gates.
  5. Cover electric outlets. An obvious one but needs to noted. Covering electrical outlets can prevent curious baby from a potential shock.
  6. Prevent pinches. Door stops and holders can help prevent baby from potentially pinching fingers by doors that frequently swing open and closed.
  7. Check the beeps. It should already be on your home's maintenance list but be sure to check all the fire alarms in the home and consider investing in a fire extinguisher for the kitchen.
  8. Lock it up. Protect baby from harmful chemicals that are stored under the kitchen sink, in the laundry room, bathroom, garage, and other places in the home. Invest in child proof locks for cabinets to prevent curious baby from a potentially fatal accident.

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