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Inexpensive, quick and easy childproofing tips this holiday season

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Whether you are traveling this holiday season with little ones or having them visit your home there is one item that should still be on your to do list, and that is childproofing. It can be quick and easy and only requires very little expense and effort but one which will certainly add to the holiday spirit.

Duct tape and or clear packing tape should be first on your list. It can be used in a number of different ways such as to cover electrical outfits in a grandparents home or in a hotel. You can use it to bind together cords, to tie up blind cords and any other cords or plugs that may be just hanging around.

Big rubber bands are perfect for child proofing many cabinets and dressers. Grandma and grandpa may keep a few things in the dresser you may not want your little one to get their hands on, and that cleaning crew underneath the sink needs to be kept away from little hands. The big, heavy duty bands can be found at most home improvement stores. Can't find them? Get crafty and twist tie chenille craft stems (pipe cleaners to some) which are available at most dollar stores.

Invest in a pet gate. At many stores it's available for approximately $15. It folds flat and can fit in a large suitcase or lay flat in the back of your car or van. Use it to block off the bottom of the steps in your friends and family member's home to make sure your little one doesn't go exploring or possibly take a tumble.

Pack 'em up or move 'em out. Do you have beautiful and expensive knick knacks lying around? Now's the time to put away your beautiful decorations that may just be too tempting for little hands. Not only will it save you the heartache of trying to replace it but it will also save many child from getting hurt as they try to pick the pieces up.

This holiday season our mantelpieces and fireplaces are beautifully decorated, but with that comes curiosity and wonder by our little ones. Use a decorative throw or blanket and the duct tape folded over double sided to protect your wee one from hard knocks.

With these simple, quick, easy and inexpensive holiday child-proofing tips maybe you can spend more time saying "Ho Ho Ho!" instead of "No, No, Oh NO!"

Happy Holidays from your Houston Family Examiner



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