There are so many hazards in your home it's a miracle a baby makes it through their first few seconds when left by themselves let alone a lifetime. Baby proofing your home is not only a necessity it should be required by law. A baby doesn't know better, but an adult does, and as parents you should take the precautions to do all that you can to make sure you're not bringing your newborn child home to a death trap.
You should go through your house before your child is born and baby proof it. Don't wait until the last minute or until the child is born to do so. Baby proofing your house is going to be a huge task and chore, and after birth, nobody's going to want to do that amount of labor to make the house safe. That's a dangerous compromise to make, and no parent should compromise the safety of their child; take care to baby proof well in advance to the date of birth because you never know when the child might just decide to pop out.
Some common baby hazards include cabinets, drawers and doors, which can all easily be run into by a newborn baby while you're carrying it or if they are rolling around on a blanket. You'll want to put latches on your drawers to ensure a child can't pull them out once they're old enough, and you might consider putting up soft bumpers on sharp corners to prevent a cracked skull when your son or daughter takes the corner too quickly. If you store chemicals under the sink, take them all out, clean out the under part of the sink and store the chemicals far above the reach of your child.
If you have trinkets and other breakables on countertops and tables, store them higher up. It would be very easy for your child to break it not to mention if you break it by accident while holding your child. You could easily let go and drop your baby. Stairs should be gated off both at the top and bottom regardless of whether your child is in the home, this prevents them from being able to go up or down at their leisure. Electrical outlets should have plastic protectors on them at all times when not in use; this stops your child from sticking their fingers or something else into them and getting shocked. Secure electric cords to furniture and bundle them up in such a way that it would take quite some time for a child to pull at them.
These are just some of the ways you can baby proof your house, and they are the most common ways to keep your child safe. Take the time to investigate further and secure your home to ensure maximum safety for your newborn or toddler. That's the only way to prevent something horrible happening to your child, and if you don't take the precaution before it's too late, you'll never forgive yourself.