Babyproofing Basics: The Top Hazards in Your Home
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Use safety gates at the top and bottom of all staircases in your home. For the gate installed at the top of the stairs, attach it to the wall. Do not use any gates that open like an accordion and have large openings, since a child's head and neck can get stuck. Only use gates that close with a secure latch; do not use a gate with a pressure-type opening.
Also, keep all stairs and staircases clear of clutter and other household objects to avoid any trips or falls, and install handrails for your little one to hold onto as you supervise his first climbs up and down the stairs.