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Have you joined the growing demographic of young Canadians buying their first home or condo with a baby in tow? Congratulations! Now that you’ve found a starter home in a great neighbourhood for you and your growing family, you’ll be facing the next challenge: babyproofing your new home to keep your little one safe. Make sure you pay special attention to these hazards.

Choking or Strangling Hazards
Keep items small enough to choke on out of reach. Remember, even small pieces of food can be hazardous, so make use of your vacuum to keep them out of your little one’s reach. Tie back cords on blinds securely and avoid electrical wires that are easily accessible.

Chemicals and Toxic Substances
Keep anything that could be chemically harmful out of reach or in a locked cabinet. This includes cleaning supplies, medication, cosmetics or bath products. Make sure alcohol or cigarettes are not accessible either.

Large Items That Could Overturn
Babies are curious by nature and have been known to climb on furniture. Make sure none of yours are near a window or otherwise precariously places. Fastening bookshelves and dressers to the wall is a good way to avoid toppling hazards.

Sharp Edges and Electrical Outlets
As babies learn their way around the home, bumping into things is bound to happen. Ensure furniture or cupboards with sharp edges have padding to avoid accidents. While you’re at it, block off electrical outlets with safety plugs or covers.

Spaces That are Off-Limits
Sometimes there are spaces that are not possible to baby-proof. Block these off with secure safety gates to ensure your little one doesn’t end up where they shouldn’t be. Don’t forget to block off the bottom and top of staircases too.