Our child has a death-wish

Our little monkey is into everything, at lightening speed. It’s like someone jammed his fast-forward switch on. He’s our crazy baby!

Recent wilful attempts at self-harm (albeit unwitting) include –

  • trying to launch himself off the changing table in his efforts to get hold of anything from the table-tidy pockets;
  • an unbending determination to get hold of the shampoo bottles at the end of the bath, despite there being no grip on the porcelain, resulting in repeated hair-raising crash-slides back down into the tub;
  • a new obsession with pushing his highchair away from the table with his hands, then getting his feet up and pushing some more, making his chair teeter backwards in an alarming fashion (though I don’t think the design would actually allow for it to tip over);
  • a lack of interest in pulling himself to standing on anything that looks vaguely soft, safe or padded. Only hard surfaces appeal, preferably those with sharp corners;
  • dog bothering;
  • cat tormenting.

Our bookshelves and DVDs, our TV and PVR – nothing is safe.

People – we need to baby-proof and we would love to know what worked for you.

We’re both firm believers in learning from experience and we’re equally sure that we want BB to learn about HOT, DANGEROUS and CAREFUL and GENTLY and NO, to up his chances of surviving non-baby-proofed places, so we’re not looking to turn our house into a sterile padded cell, but we would like to minimise the risk of serious or fatal injury, natch!

Ideas?

vee xxx

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6 responses to this post.

  1. oh will be stalking this post waiting to see what people say!!
    W is in a testing phase as well and he laughs when I say things like, “no” or “softly” or “don’t touch”. Just asked about this on the IVP because I am totally at a loss as to how to effectively discipline.

    um..sorry- just took over your comments..

    so far baby proofing over here is not going so well.

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  2. Oh, my, sounds like you have Jo. 🙂

    We’ve made use of super yard gates to keep the perimeter of the living room (i.e. bookshelves he could climb, stereo equipment, T.V.) off limits. They look like this: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2266978

    Then, honestly, we just followed his lead (which means we now have a lock on the toilet….).

    I am not sure if this is exactly the advice you are looking for. We didn’t go all out baby-proofing all at once, we just battened down the hatches as the destroyer showed his proclivities.

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  3. Little J keeps showing us what we need to baby proof or put locks on (tv cabinet, food pantry). We have turned the CD shelves backwards and put covers on the outlets. We like to have one area of the living room safe so we can go to the bathroom for a minute, but so far we have not had to put up any baby gates. He has learned to climb the stairs and can’t go down yet, but he will learn and we will be with him until he does.
    Our latest challenge is that he bites things when frustrated. We will have teeth marks in everything!

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  4. Posted by docgrumbles on February 13, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I wish I had tips! JAG has been presenting many of those same heart-stopping moments for us!

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  5. Posted by scarredbellybutton on February 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Ummm, we keep dining chairs upside down still, because he climbs on them then rocks on them dangerously or climbs onto the table.

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  6. Posted by Jen M on February 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Our plan has been to super baby-proof one room and put baby gates in it. That way we can all relax a little when our kiddo is in there. The other rooms we have to pay closer attention to him and follow him around to be sure he’s not getting into things he shouldn’t. I agree with the above comments that it’s a process and that BB will show you what you need to babyproof. Different kids are into different stuff and some are more curious/adventurous/accident-prone than others. You’ll be fine and so will he!

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