Tips and tools for babyproofing your home while your baby is crawling or your toddler very capable of opening doors.
However, once the baby is older (12 months+), learning limits is important as it is impossible to baby proof every place (Grandparents’ house, neighbors’ house, or hotel) that you ever visit with your baby. I once saw two well-behaved small kids who remained near their parents while we adults were chatting. Their dad said ever since they were one year old, he and his wife would say “eeeeeee” (like a malfunctioning robot) if they tried to reach for something they shouldn’t (like the stove) or leave the living room when they weren’t supposed. Now he just gives them this look and they stop heading the direction they aren’t supposed to. He said imposing limits early on was key.
In general, open space should be free of clutter and furniture if possible. For example, move the end table in the hallway that may be knocked down or move the dining room table towards the wall. When you babyproof your home with these items mentioned, you will be more relaxed while watching your kids, instead of running after them to prevent them from opening every cabinet and closet.