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October 04, 2007



Even though that time was nearly 17 years ago, I can so well remember what you are going through right now. Right down to the "finally finishing something I knitted" part. And I think the crowding is worse now--people seem to think you need SO many bulky objects to parent a baby (you don't--you are their favorite baby carrier and toy!).

Baby proofing is interesting. You get it all set up to where it is fine, and then the baby has the nerve to age and be able to do a new thing (pull himself up, for example) and you have to start all over again. Then you realize you have all sorts of baby proofing you no longer need, still hanging's a constant state of catch up. Parenting is a real learning experience, let me tell you! (Learning still, and they are 16 and 14.)


Now you know why people move to larger houses when they have children!

Re child-proofing: As I recall, when my kids were small, almost every room in my house had a baby gate on it, even the bathroom, and all the cupboards had baby-proof latches except the one with the plastic containers - great entertainment on the kitchen floor (and quieter than pots and pans) while mom cooks dinner.

Hope sweet baby James feels better soon.


Hahahha..."that was my brain exploding". I don't have any advice, really, since I don't have kids yet, but I just wanted to let you know I thought that was funny.



My tip is - get some good shelving and place objects out of reach. That way you can still see them but baby can't reach. One of my kids was a grabber and this worked for me.It does get easier, I promise!


Hmmm, there's 2 ways of thinking about it. To baby-proof your home by putting everything out of reach; or, to teach baby not to play with your stuff, rather with his own. ??? Parenting is a mix of both I think. Hang in there! If it were easy, Baby James would have come with an instruction book.

As for the walls closing in... move! Kidding. Sell or donate the unused baby items, de-clutter, go for a walk outside....

Laura Y.

I know a lot of people will disagree with this, but we've "babyproofed" the absolute minimum (plug covers, latches on cabinets with dangerous stuff, and gates on the stairs and back door). The rest of it is all training. Our 17 month knows not to grab things off the end tables or TV stand (even though she can reach), but she also knows that anything on the coffee table is fair game, which means mom and dad have to be careful not to leave the full mug of water on the coffee table (ask how I know -- it only took once). We also are not big on making sure every little thing is put away, so her books and toys are always out for her to play with -- we have two areas with the rubber mat thingies, you know the ones with numbers and letters that go together like a puzzle, and she's really good about keeping her books and toys in those area. Keeping her toys available means she's not so tempted to play with my toys. But, that's what works with my kid. All kids are different, of course -- they key is finding what works for you without making yourself insane. I insisted that my husband move all the stuff Becky grew out of to the garage as quickly as possible. Of course, he's going to have to move it all back in next month for New Baby, but at least it hasn't just been sitting in the living room this whole time.

B. Rickman

Lauri Y is right!

Not only do you keep precious curios out of reach...but you must teach!!

My husband and I kept firearms, china, crystal and the like not so much out of reach, but secured. We knew that sooner or later, they were going to get in the cabinet...inspite of all out locks, latches, exc.

The firearms were locked away but the kids knew they were there. We trained them as to what they were for and what they were not for and enforced rules!!!! My kids have never gotten into my china, crystal or things were the rules were include our firearms.

They also knew about the stove,(which we can't lock away) hot water in the sink, and other dangerous things we just can't lock away.

Communicate with your child and make doable, enforcable rules. Have consequences when those established rules are broken. If James knows that daddy will enforce the rules if he touches daddy's pottery wheel, then he will learn to respect you, your property, and his safety. He will understand that there will be a time, when he is older, when he may have the privelege and responsiblity of handling daddy's pottery wheel, crystal, stove, exc....


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