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Kimberly Mitchell, Child Safety Expert and “professional childproofer”, recently wrote Childproofing 101 to offer parents tips on childproofing a home…beginning as early as pregnancy.
Mitchell’s got some great ideas for new parents…yet when I read her article, I can’t help, but recall a hilarious scene from Baby Mama movie where adoptive mom-to-be, Kate (played by Tina Fey) childproof’s the toilet seat long before baby’s even arrived…and pregnant Angie (played by Amy Poehler) struggles to unlatch the toilet seat lid in time to relieve herself. Failing that, she ends up going in the sink.
We’ve done some babyproofing with our son. We have rubber bands around the cabinets that are accessible to my son. However, when the rubber bands are off, he helps secure them back on–obviously they were better at keeping him out of the breakables when he was younger.
We also used child-proof gates to keep him out of the bathroom…definitely a safety concern. I still use a gate on occasion at the office to keep him from wandering behind the front desk and turning the computer off.
Although I think child proofing is a good idea, I do think it can go overboard.
I have a curious child who wants to explore his world.
However, if there are certain things that are off limits, I’d rather make that clear by explaining it to him, and enforcing those boundaries with discipline. My son understands when he’s not supposed to touch something or open something.
I can’t child-proof every place we visit, so I’d rather train my son to be obedient to prevent him from wandering across the street or out of plain view, and to prevent him from opening cabinets and drawers when we visit other people’s homes.
Although I can’t be everywhere at once, I can teach my son to listen and obey–far more effective and longer lasting than most child-proofing products on the market.
What’s your approach to child proofing? What’s been most successful for you with keeping your child safe?