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The Best Tools for Baby Proofing
Whether you’re preparing your home for an infant or getting ready for young visitors, baby proofing is an essential step to keep children safe, your things protected and your mind at ease.</br></br>But, there are a lot of different options out there in terms of baby proofing items – some of them more useful than others. So, what are the essential tools to get your home ready for crawlers and toddlers?</br></br><strong>Baby Gates</strong></br></br><a title="Safety Gates" href="https://www.atgstores.com/hardware/safety-equipment/childproofing-safety/safety-gates/" target="_blank">Baby gates</a> are the simplest and most effective way to keep little ones out of rooms or spaces they aren’t supposed to be, and are easily placed in doorways or halls to keep kids in or out of different areas.</br></br>It’s also a good precaution to use baby gates on stairs to ensure children don’t tumble down them, or climb up in the first place.</br></br>There are a few types of gates from which to choose, such as retractable designs and models that integrate a swinging door. Other choices include extra-wide baby gates to accommodate double doors, or flexible styles with multiple panels that can be added for unique configurations.</br></br><strong>Door & Window Locks</strong></br></br>While gates keep children from getting into different areas within the house, it can be important to make sure that the exits are covered, too. <a title="Latches" href="https://www.atgstores.com/hardware/cabinet-hardware/latches/" target="_blank">Door latches</a> and <a title="Window Latches" href="https://www.atgstores.com/hardware/window-hardware/window-latches/" target="_blank">window locks</a> can help protect small children from accidental falls or unsupervised outdoor excursions.</br></br>It’s worth noting that you don’t always need child safety latches for windows and doors. For most applications, a standard door or window lock mounted high and out of reach should suffice.</br></br><strong>Drawer & Cabinet Latches </strong></br></br><a title="Childproof Latches" href="https://www.atgstores.com/hardware/safety-equipment/childproofing-safety/childproofing/type/latches-%26-locks/" target="_blank">Latches</a> for cabinets and drawers can be an invaluable part of keeping kids away from potentially dangerous or messy items such as cleaning items, pet supplies or hygiene products.</br></br>A few strategically placed latches or locks can keep children safe and give you peace of mind. Most drawer and cabinet latches are designed to be permanently installed by screwing them to cabinets to keep even the most curious toddler out.</br></br><strong>When to Baby Proof </strong></br></br>Once you’ve established what needs to be installed, the timeframe for installation is the next important factor to consider.</br></br>The best time for baby proofing, of course, is before the need arises. Locks and gates are preventative measures that should be installed before children are mobile enough to get into trouble. The important milestones for mobility are when children crawl, <a title="Babycenter" href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-crawling_6501.bc" target="_blank">around 7 to 10 months</a>, and when they start to walk, <a title="Babycenter" href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-milestone-walking_6507.bc" target="_blank">anywhere from 9 to 17 months</a>.</br></br>Everything doesn’t have to be restricted at once. It can be done on a rolling basis as baby grows and can access more spaces; however, many find it easier to childproof everything at once. But, you know your child and your home better than anyone so use your best judgment and take precautions as you feel they are needed.