You may have studied up on natural聽baby products and which baby monitors are hackable, but once your little one becomes a full-on mobile part of the family, everything you know about keeping your child safe changes. Baby gates go up,聽cabinet locks get聽installed, and soft corner cushions are stuck on every coffee table and pointy edge within baby鈥檚 sight. These are some of the more common baby-proofing elements that are easy to spot and tackle right away, but there may be a few that aren鈥檛 as聽noticeable. Take a look around your house, and see if you need to nip these five (often missed) problem areas in the bud.

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1. Mount or completely secure heavy items to the wall.聽Once a wobbly toddler really nails walking, climbing is the next big thing. Toddlers love to climb up onto anything that is scalable. This could聽include something as innocuous as a couch, but it may聽also include bookshelves, entertainment centers, flat screens, dressers and anything else that looks like a fun climbing wall to the young and curious. This is easily remedied with a quick trip to any big-box home improvement store. All of聽your heavy, and potentially tippy, furniture can be fastened to the wall with mounting kits. Also, many stores will either offer a service or refer you to a provider to do the work for you!聽To learn more about tipping dangers and young children, check out the US Consumer Product Safety Commission鈥檚 resources on the topic.

2. Keep hot or heavy items away from the table, stove or counter鈥檚 edge.聽This baby-proofing tip includes a behavior change for the big people in the house. Toddlers are big on trying to reach up as far as they can stretch to investigate what鈥檚 overhead. By simply pushing cups, dishes and the handles to pots and pans away from your toddler鈥檚 reach, you minimize the risk of injury from a falling (and possibly hot)聽item.

3. Install childproof locks on ALL the drawers and cabinets from the countertop down. You may think your toddler can鈥檛 reach the top drawer where your chef knives are stored, but kids grow fast! You may find out just how far they can reach the instant they get hold of something sharp and dangerous. Save yourself the anxiety attack, and take the time to put child locks on all the drawers and cabinets from countertop level down.

4. Secure electrical cords and keep them out of reach. This is a tough one with laptops, tablets and cell phones charging 24/7, but it鈥檚 a good rule of thumb to keep these cords out of baby鈥檚 reach. This becomes an even more dangerous hazard when cords are connected to heavy and unstable聽appliances or lamps. To keep your kid safe, create charging stations that are in closed-off rooms or up high, or make sure to thread dangling cords behind furniture or into cord-hiding boxes.

5. See the world from your baby鈥檚 eye level. There are many things that could be included on this list, such as poisonous houseplant removal, window locks, toilet locks and more. But to truly create a safe environment for your tot to explore, it鈥檚 easiest聽to get down on your hands and knees to see what the world looks like from their level. Look for shiny objects that can lure your child toward something unsafe. Check for dangling cords, tempting toilet bowls full of splashy water and anything else that might invite your little explorer toward danger. To keep yourself up-to-date on all things safety, check out the National Safety Council鈥檚 site for tips on everything from the dangers of button batteries to drowning prevention.

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