Like abbeyd, we have a gate at the bottom of the stairs, outlet covers, and rubber bumpers on the edge of our kitchen table. Our major furniture is anchored to the wall. We had a gate in front of the tv stand for DS2, and I think we're going to bring that back. We've got some sharp counter corners that the boys are just now tall enough to run into, so we'll probably get some more rubber bumpers.
As for your brick pillars, @ buttercup, I guess you could wrap them in some sort of padding, but I'm not sure that's worth it. I don't think it'll be a major problem, but I guess anything's possible.
We have outlet protectors, a gate at the top of the stairs, and foam corners on coffee tables. With DD we tried putting gates up to keep her places, but she would literally scream, and shake the gates non stop until we moved them, so we gave up on keeping kids contained.
Personally, I would wait and see how interested your DS is in the pillars. Not that that is the right thing to do, but unless he has a big interest in pulling up on them, I am not sure that they would be a big issue.
What have you done to make your house safe? How do you keep them contained?
My kid has finally decide to crawl today.
Do you have a brick/stone fireplace? How are you protecting them from hitting their head when they pull up.
We have brick arches in our living room. Any ideas on how to keep him from falling into those? We still have some time until he walks. They make me nervous.
My MIL has sooo much brick in her house. She got those foam puzzle piece things and covered the fireplace with it. For the brick in the middle of the room she took some pool noodles and cut them to just be on the corners. It looks kind of silly, but all of the brick is in the main room that the kiddos play in.
We recently went through and anchored all of our bookshelves and free standing cabinets to the wall. Just doing that made me so happy that we bought a ranch because childproofing is exhausting!
Post by creepyeyeball on Jan 24, 2017 15:56:55 GMT -5
We had a brick fireplace for 1-4 and used a bumper kit from TRU on the edge. It lasted through all four and we never had an injury.
None on my kids would ever sit in one of those octagon containment thing or play quiety in a pack and play. So we just babyproof and put gates at the stairs. I also put a gate at the bathroom door when my older two were babies, because I worried about them falling in the toilet. That doesn't work now with potty trained older kids who need quick access to the potty.
We have an entirely different set of issues in this house. We heat 100% with a woodburning stove, which is obviously not safe for curious babies. I am fortunate to have a lot of little helpers, so if I need to turn my back for a minute they have all been trained to protect the baby from the woodstove, stairs, or anything else that could hurt him (stray Legos and game pieces on the floor are my biggest fear).
But to be honest, the safest place for him (and what I did with sll the others) if I'm not in the room to watch him play, is on my back in the Ergo. He spends a lot of time there - while I cook dinner or do school with older kids - if I don't have backup in the house to keep an eye on him.
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