Babyproofing: Eliminating Potential Baby Hazards

Greg Golbert / Seattle Times

Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times

Dennis and Elizabeth Chen were looking for a happy medium. They wanted to make their home as danger-free as possible for son Ethan, but not turn it into a bare, stripped-down space where baby has free reign. The Chens called in babyproofing expert Mike Bost of Fort Mill, S.C., for help.

‘I want my child to have some sense of `no,’ ” Elizabeth Chen said.

Bost agreed. ‘But let’s do create a `yes’ environment” in part of the house, he said, so the couple won’t be saying ”no” all the time. Consider treating one entire room as a big playpen, he said. “There is a balance.”

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