Josh and I don’t have much in the ways of baby proofing devices. In fact everything we have was given to us. Here’s what we have –
The gate, give to us by my in-laws, switches locations in our home. It is either placed just before the kitchen or the entry way. Keeping them out of the kitchen is a requirement of Josh when he is cooking dinner. Things get hot in there (yes, my man cooks!) and when girls are in there they often make it an obstacle course of bowls for Josh to maneuver around.
The other location keeps them out of both the kitchen and the entry way. This great when I’m cleaning the floors, as well as when the girls decide that teething on shoes is their favorite thing to do. I’ve also just started leaning the gate against the kitchen cabinets they are not allowed into. This I do so my girls can play in the other kitchen cabinets and be very entertained, but keep me from standing guard the whole time. Our cabinets don’t have knobs…
One more note about our gate – It doesn’t fit well when blocking the entry way and too often is pulled on top of someone so we generally just have it blocking the kitchen. It is also a great form of exercise as we have to jump over it, because it is not a walk-through gate.
But, since there are still many things kids can get into that can cause them to fall or hurt themselves, we’ve come up with other solutions that cost us nothing!
1. Keep the doors shut to rooms you don’t want them going into. These rooms include the bathrooms (because our girls have drank toilet water before and climbed into the sink), our bedroom (“Thanks for reading our journals, and ripping our scriptures!”), and the computer room (“thanks for pulling books off the shelves and flipping the switch on the power-strip”). Also, keep things on door knobs that prevent them from being opened.
2. Push in the dining room table chairs so no babies can stand on the table.
3. Put the coffee table snugly next to the couch, chair, and wall so they can freely climb and rarely fall off.
4. Keep pillows off the couch because they bounce babies off when jumping.
5. Store the stroller in the guest bathroom so no one pulls it on top of themselves.
6. Keep the playstation on top of the entertainment center and leave the drawers empty (more so they don’t get into our things).
7. Keep the wipes on top of the entertainment center so babies don’t eat them.
8. Keep everything pushed to the center or back of tables and counters so babies do not reach them.
9. Make sure when unloading the dishwasher, you put the knives away first!
10. Keep the diaper pail in a bedroom they aren’t allowed in (or get a diaper pail they can’t get into, aka NOT a diaper genie). For the reason why view this previous post.
When Josh and I effectively execute these baby proofing methods, we stay much saner. What methods have you used to prevent your little ones from hurting themselves, as well as getting into things they shouldn’t be?
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