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Bobby Brooner – Maryland

Baby Proofing Montgomery

Bobby Brooner is the President of Baby Proofing Montgomery in North Bethesda, Maryland, providing services throughout the Washington, DC region. Bobby and his father, Bill Brooner, started Baby Proofing Montgomery in 2008. Bobby has worked full time for Babyproofing Montgomery since 2013 and became a Certified Professional Childproofer in 2020. Prior to that, Bobby was a handyman specializing in residential remodeling.

What do you enjoy about being a Professional Childproofer?

I enjoy working with my hands and figuring out solutions to complex challenges. As a quick problem solver, I have helped clients navigate many unique circumstances on where to install a gate in any given space, or how to keep young children away from dangerous areas. I stress the importance of anchoring furniture and remind clients that no amount of babyproofing replaces direct supervision.

Do you have kids?

Yes, I have two daughters that were born in 2010 and 2015. Being a parent with children similar ages to my client’s children in the past has helped me relate to them on a more personal level and now that my kids are a little older it gives a good measure of experience that I can convey to clients for when they are out of the “baby phase.”

How do you stay up to date with the best products and best childproofing techniques?

I have developed relationships with other childproofers with whom I share ideas and advice. In addition, I attend the industry’s biannual conferences hosted by the International Association for Child Safety and I’m a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

What are the main reasons people choose to work with you, rather than do it themselves?

I like to say I make it easy for my clients. Many of my clients are working professionals who may not be very handy. They are often impressed with how efficient yet thorough I am, telling me that what I did in one day would have taken them all the weekends of an entire month. A large portion of my business has come from referrals from previous clients, and many clients have called me when they are moving to help take everything down in the old house and then redo the new house.