After four kids, we gave up baby proofing long ago...
We should be experts, but we have had an inverse reaction and with each new child the quality and quantity of baby proofing has deteriorated.
This brings me to:
What not to leave out on the counters available to small children.
Perfume, lotion, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, make up, nail polish, baby powder and the winner is Green Paint.
My children, especially my five year old son and three year old daughter love to mix and stir and dump any viable substance they can get their hands on.
I wrote a little poem that explains it better:
Michael poured the green paint
and Madeline rubbed it on her arms
and rubbed it on the dog
and rubbed it on the walls
and they laughed and laughed together
at the green world.
Don't follow my example! I would hate to have to admit how many messes I have cleaned up due to being lazy on the baby proofing front.
Today is WFMW and Rocks in My Dryer has some great tips for what doesn't work in raising kids and families!