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Old 03-27-2004, 07:19 AM
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Childproofing

What's the weirdest thing you've ever had to childproof?

I feel like we are living in Full Lockdown Mode. I have a 2 year old, an 8 year old and a 12 year old. So the Big Kids have lots of things they don't want Little Brother getting into!

We had to put the stereo IN the playpen to keep him out of it, though he has recently learned to climb in

I'd love to hear some clever ways people have childproofed without making the house feel like a prison for themselves and their toddler. My little guy is so interested in getting into stuff that he hardly even plays with toys anymore. It's much more fun for him to climb, grab, hide, and otherwise get into stuff he shouldn't.
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Old 04-13-2004, 02:51 PM
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Oh poor Barb...

When I had my own CPR training business, one of the services I offered was a "crawl-through" of a client's home to point out the childproofong needs, from the kid's eye level. Try going through the house on your hands and knees, and seeing what looks "enticing" from Luke's angle.

Someof the more creative childpproofing tasks I have had to do was to move everything to the upper kitchen cabinets.. ( I mean everyting) except for tupperware and some smaller pots and pans and a wooden spoon.....

I just let the little one have free reign of the cabinets.. it was no use otherwise.

We also installed plexiglass doors on our entertainmment center, ( after screwing the whole unit to the wall..)

We put velcro straps on the fridge door and the toilet seat cover.

I still have some of my more valuable seashells, coral pieces and crystals in storage.. I just never got them down from the attic after the younger one was grown...

You can't do much to discourage their curiosity.. It shows how tryly brillieant they are.. Just give them access to their own "stuff' and protect everything else with as much hardware as your life will allow... It's only for another 24 months or so.......


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Good luck with this!!

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Old 04-13-2004, 05:30 PM
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Val, I think EVERYTHING looks enticing from his angle.

We got a lock for the fridge. So he pulled up a chair and opened the freezer Now I have a little bungee cord holding the freezer door to the refrigerator door.

Today he pulled up a chair, climbed onto the countertop, and started getting glasses out of an upper cabinet

The stereo has been unplugged. Now we just use a little "boom box" that is on a high shelf. He figured out that if the little OPEN/CLOSE button doesn't work, he should check & see if the power button is on!

He knows how to turn on my laptop AND CLICK MY ICON to start it!! I will have to get DH to password protect the thing.

He thinks my PDA is a Game Boy.

Being short myself, I am running out of places to put stuff that I can reach but he can't!
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Old 04-13-2004, 06:04 PM
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Had to put the sewing machine away: went downstairs one day to find a ENTIRE spool of thread wound around the basement.
Dd also was found instant messaging her older sisters friends a couple weeks ago. She can type her name but still can't write it yet. These kids are too smart for their own good.
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Old 04-14-2004, 04:32 AM
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Oh Barb.. you have a very bright and precocious boy there.. sounds to me like it's time for full-day pre-school..(and while you're at it , start that college fund.. Harvard is up to about $55,000 a year now...!!!)


Julia did things like that.. I didn't know she could think that way, untill at about 15 months, I came out of the bathroom to find she had pushed her rocking horse up to a kitchen chair.. the chair up to a the kitchen counter.. then walked accross the counter to the stove top and was stacking up the burner grates to climb to the upper cabinets where the Devil Dogs were kept, as I found her... Lord knows I was thankful nothing was hot on the stove.

I just took her everywhere with me for a looonnngg time. It was very hard to not leave her out of my sight. But zI just gave her a task to do no matter what I was doing.. she was beside me ... Eventually I began to loose my mind... That's when I put her in full day pre-school. Six hours of freedom for me... it was worth the price of tuition. (Tuition was tax deductible as childcare expenses too) ...

I also joined playgroups and The Mothers' Center for adult support time... I ALSO found a child psychologist, and a speech therapist ..because she needed that for her tantrum problems.. She was very bright, but had a speech delay.

After we took care of that she was far more managable ...

So all in all ..( althought I try very hard to block those years from my memory) I DO remember how hard that was.. and I can reassure you that this too shall pass.. ( but it passes much more smothly with the pre-school enrollment process )

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