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7 tips for baby-proofing your home theater

Few things are as irresistible to children as expensive electronic equipment. Blinking lights, buttons just begging to be pushed, dangling cords waiting to be pulled – what’s not to love? Before your toddler manages to reprogram your cable box so that all it shows is "Dora the Explorer" in Mandarin, check out these tips for baby-proofing your home theater.To this list, I would add the dummy re

Few things are as irresistible to children as expensive electronic equipment. Blinking lights, buttons just begging to be pushed, dangling cords waiting to be pulled – what’s not to love? Before your toddler manages to reprogram your cable box so that all it shows is "Dora the Explorer" in Mandarin, check out these tips for baby-proofing your home theater.

To this list, I would add the dummy remote. My 1-year-old has been grabbing for remotes since he could independently move his arms, and he’s neither fooled nor amused by brightly colored toy remotes. So we removed the batteries from an old remote control, and he can push the buttons to his heart’s content. And a good general baby-proofing tip is to get down to baby-level and crawl around the floor -- you'll probably find some hidden hazards (and if you're in my house, a bunch of dust bunnies).

What are your tips for baby-proofing? Share your best ideas in the comments, please!