Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but every parent will tell you it's a lot of work. And once your baby actually starts sleeping and you think you have a little bit of breathing room they will start walking. Walking is a big step and you mustn't let the feelings of pride and joy cloud the next task: child-proofing. By that point, you will have accepted that you can't be looking over them every second of their lives, but you can do your best to protect them from all potential dangers. So here are the things you will want to consider:
For a new person, every corner of the house is a new discovery. Your baby will want to look everywhere and touch everything. It is very important not to limit them, but you can do your best to make sure that everything that is within reach is safe. You probably already put safety covers on all of the outlets when they started crawling, but now you have to consider countertops, cupboards and all sharp edges that they can come in contact with. Put softeners on all edges like counters, tables, walls and anything else you can think of. Sure, you can buy some from the store, but why do that when you can make your own out of pool noodles? Just cut them up and fit them on all surfaces. Show your child around when you are with them and let them touch things with your supervision. This way, they won't be as inclined to go around exploring when your back is turned.
When your child first starts walking, they are not nearly as stable as you might think. In fact, they will need to hold on to something to stabilize themselves for quite some time. At this point, it's crucial that everything they can hold onto is sturdy and heavy enough to support them. So take away all of the chairs that can easily be pulled over, make sure that all of the cupboards and standing bookshelves are packed with something heavy on the bottom so that they can't be tipped over and make sure that all shelves are secured so that your toddler can't open them when they latch onto the handle for support. Make sure that you place a soft rug in the room where they spend most of their time, because learning means falling and you will want them to have something soft to land on.
Your child is still very young and you most likely don't want them running around unsupervised. Spending time with them in those areas might take away the itch of the unknown, but the only way to be safe is to have good doors that can be locked. Locking away the tools, expensive plates, the bathroom or the dining room will give you peace of mind when you are not around your child. You should also invest in window handles that are baby-proofed and simple locks for all of the drawers and closets you don't want them getting into.
Your child's first steps are more than just a picture for their baby album and a video to send to their grandparents; it is a skill they will be using for the rest of their lives and one that has to be nurtured and encouraged. If they fall, help them up and explain that everyone once fell when they were learning to walk. Creating a safe space for them to learn is vital for their development, and your own peace of mind.