Childproofing Checklist Before Your Baby Arrives Whether it’s finding a class in infant CPR or choosing a car seat, there’s a lot to think about even before your child is born. Where to begin? Use this checklist to make sure you’re prepared to welcome a newborn into your home. For more about child safety, see the complete guide to all our safety articles, FAQs, and other features, including two other safety checklists: Before Your Baby Crawls and Toddlers and Beyond. AROUND THE HOUSE Carbon monoxide Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors if you use gas or oil heat or have an attached garage, and check the batteries twice a year. Fire prevention Install and maintain working smoke detectors; check monthly. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Plan a fire escape route. Keep nightlights away from curtains and bedding; use cool nigh lights that don’t get hot. First aid Assemble a first-aid kit for babies. Post emergency numbers next to your telephone. Poison control Put childproof locks on all cabinets containing poisons, glass, and sharp objects. Lead paint If paint is flaking or peeling, have a professional remove or seal it. Furniture Cover sharp furniture edges with padding or bumpers. Put nonslip pads under area rugs that don’t have nonslip backs. Water safety Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius). Use an infant bathtub with contours or other features that make it slip-resistant.