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Do you need a professional baby-proofer?

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Baby proofing services have been around for decades to assist parents and grandparents in making their home baby proof. The question is should you hire a professional or do it yourself? There are pros and cons for both. Below is a list for each:

Baby Proofing Service Pros/Cons:

  • Good option for time-strapped parents or the un-handy
  • They can recommend good safety products 
  • They do all they grunt work
  • They install things properly for your conditions
  • They get it done all at once
  • Can be expensive
  • May have to wait for an appointment
  • There may not be a baby proofer in your area
  • They may upsell or oversell you on items you may not need
  • Scare tactics may be employed by less scrupulous providers

Do It Yourself Baby Proofing Pros/Cons:

  • Less expensive
  • Most items are not very difficult to install
  • Install items on your own schedule or as child matures
  • Buy only what you need, when you need it
  • Good option for people who are handy or can use tools
  • You have to figure out which products to buy for your home
  • You have to install all the products yourself
  • Can take more time

The other thing to consider is whether you are handy or not. Safety gates and cabinet safety latches can be time consuming and difficult to install if you cannot use tools, don't have any tools, or can't follow instructions. It ultimately comes down to your personal preferences.

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