What have you done/will you do to baby proof your house/apt?
We have done nothing and now that my crazy baby is a crawler I spend my whole day chasing her around keeping her out of cords, appliances etc.
What do you do with cords on stuff that stays plugged in?
We've rearranged a few things awhile ago to hide cords behind things or to just move stuff to areas where DS doesn't go (or shouldn't go if we're watching him lol). So like the TV scooted a few inches (it's no longer centered) but now the plugs and cords are completely blocked by it. Our lamp cords in the living room go behind the couch now (so the lamps are in a slightly different position than they were). We moved where we keep the laptop charger and phone chargers (DS has discovered he can reach my dresser from our bed which included grabbing a cup of water *sigh*). In the living room I put out things I don't mind DS playing with (like a tissue box with reusable tissues and a couple of light weight wooden boxes).
As soon as DS figures out how to pull up, I know I'm going to have to move my iPod dock away from the stereo system and remove our nice heavy coasters (walmart 4 for less than $2 coasters here we come!) and picture frames. Oh and DS loves pulling off books off my bookshelves. I've just put old books that I don't care as much about on the bottom.
The only true child proofing we've done is put those outlet covers on.
Oh, we do have something like this in his room. I recently moved Adien's furniture around so he can play in there more. I had to remove his pretty flowing curtains.
We have our down stairs baby proofed for my business but nothing upstairs. Downstairs most of our cords are behind big furniture items and not reallly within reach. Upstairs I need to put up a gate and outlet covers in Odin's room.
As far as cords go you can get them rolled up and secure them with some velcro stips to get them out of the way. With DS1 we just kept telling him those were 'no touch' and it was never a problem. Granted he didn't crawl till he was like 9-10 months and had a pretty good grasp on the idea that something was off limits at that point. We actually put up very few things and didn't use outlet covers on most things when he was little now that I think back. He just didn't get into that much stuff.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
We've done pretty much what Jackie has done. It took quite a bit of rearranging because our office is also our living room. All our cords are now neatly behind things. I bought some outlet covers but I hate them. Everything I plug into them falls out really easily. I'm looking for something better. I pretty much removed everything I don't want her getting into and replaced it with stuff she can mess with. We have a big toy box in the living room now so I can easily scoop up toys when she's done for the day. I have some cabinet latches that need to be installed. Oh, and I put the dogs' water bowl out in their run instead of on the kitchen floor.
The den is where both of our computers are and where I spend a good deal of time so this room needs to be safe for her. Unfortunately, 2 desktop computers means a lot of cords. It seems that no matter how much bundeling and tying up I do she always figures out how to get them and yank on them.
Yeah, I saw that in your DITLO and I was thinking to myself that Teagan would be all up in that in about 2 milliseconds. We have a big corner desk that has a back on it so it's pretty easy to hide cords behind it. Perhaps you can put a board (or just a cardboard box) behind the desk to create a space to hide things.
I rely on my 2-yr old alarm, which means Lily will come running and tell me anytime Lucas is getting into something he shouldn't be. LOL
Seriously though, I've done like the others and tried to place cords, etc. behind other things like the couch, desk, and toy box. And I've put a layer of pillows in front of the entertainment center to try and keep him off of. Which he can now pull up on, but it still keeps him from banging his head on it I guess. And I put the coffee table in front of the brick fireplace to keep him away from it, and also put a blanket over the brick, just in case he gets to it anyway.
The cats' food and water stays in the kitchen. And I don't let him roam around the kitchen, so it's pretty safe for now. Lily ate some catfood once, and she's still okay. For real though, I really want to get a baby gate and gate off the kitchen, but I have yet to find one that is long enough to cover the entire entry from my dining room to my kitchen.
I'm no help. I was broker than broke when my oldest was this age so we didn't have anything she could get in to LOL! DS didn't crawl or walk til later so he got a good handle on being told no, don't touch before he was able to get into things too bad. I pretty much just have outlet covers which my kids have never tried to touch the few we have open anyway, cabinet locks on the cabinets with cleaner in it and I put the blind cords up on the top of the blinds. That's pretty much it. The dog food will be interesting, hadn't thought about that yet. I'm sure she'll eat a good handful now and then and probably splash some of the water now and then, but luckily mine doesn't seem to be a mover like the rest of the board so I'm hoping to be able to avoid much of that like I did with DS. My BFF had an early mover and a monkey at that, he's into everything! I feel for you guys with early movers!