If you wait until the baby is already crawling, then it's an emergency,'' says David Spigelman, owner of Wonder Years babyproofing service.
Emergencies are what babyproofing products, such as cabinet latches and safety gates, are designed to prevent.
Parents who are really on the ball start babyproofing before the birth of a child, but many wait until the baby is 5 to 10 months old.
Strommer started with basic babyproofing such as latches on cabinets and earthquake safety measures like bolting furniture to walls.
Lawrence Menzer, a Van Nuys pediatrician associated with Valley Presbyterian Hospital, offers this advice to parents babyproofing their homes: ``Get down on the child's level and you'll have a better sense of what they see.
In her own house, the ER nurse said she doesn't have every babyproofing mechanism.