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post #101 of 108
I had no idea how much there was to baby-proofing until I worked in the hardware department of Hechinger's! OMG! They have pads, locks, and covers in every shape and form - and for everything! Lock the VCR, tie the TV to the wall, lock the fridge, lock the toilet, cover the outlets not it use, cover the outlets that ARE in use, on and on it goes.

I would say I selectively baby-proof things. The main living area has a nice baby gate there and we keep that keep very baby friendly. As for the rest of the house, we have some outlet covers in places where the kid *might* be able to get to without us noticing (behind the dining room table, behind the dog's crate) and those are the outlets we don't use anyway. We also have a gate at the top of the steps and bottom - although the bottom one doesn't do a whole lot for the kid (he climbs under it) - it does keep the dog down stairs

I don't know anyone made it out of infancy. Put a kid in a room with 1000 appropriate toys and they will find the ONE thing they shouldn't play with! A screwdriver, a nail, a battery, a fork... you name it!

Every family has to risk assess their space and decide what needs to be protected and to what extent.
post #102 of 108
I think babyproofing gives a false sense of security. We use babygates and a couple cabinet locks to keep him out of things but that's about it. We have a few outlet covers. Probably should pick up some more, but most of the uncovered ones are in use. I did have a conversation w/ my ds1 about sticking things in outlet ... pretty much that if you put anything in there besides a plug, fire will shoot out and consume you. I think I made my point... However, it's harder to explain it to a 17 mo old.
post #103 of 108
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Originally Posted by Pod4One View Post
I had no idea how much there was to baby-proofing until I worked in the hardware department of Hechinger's! OMG! They have pads, locks, and covers in every shape and form - and for everything! Lock the VCR, tie the TV to the wall, lock the fridge, lock the toilet, cover the outlets not it use, cover the outlets that ARE in use, on and on it goes.
There's something along the lines of 10,000 different "safety" devices for a child for sale in BRU right now. It's a multi billion dollar business.

And you're made to feel like a "bad mom" if you don't own a vast majority of them. And then it perpetuates into "well, we must NEED them because they're for sale". Really, the companies are brilliant. Supply and demand.

But 10,000 different safety devices today? How did ANY of us make it to be old enough to have our own children???
post #104 of 108
Before I opened a daycare I didn't baby proof either...except to lock up medicines and put cleaners in a high cabinet. I just taught my kids to leave things alone. I had lots of knickknacks and breakables out too BUT when I'm taking care of other people's children more caution is needed, so my house is now babyproof. I'm considering giving up doing daycare before this baby is born because I'm not sure I want to raise her in an environment to feels artificial to me.
post #105 of 108
I don't babyproof that much, but I do what that child needs. My older 2 just weren't really troublemakers as a baby (I use that term in a joking way!) They really just didn't get into much. My third, on the other hand, is into everything, and needs more babyproofing (I should get around to that since she's crawling, pulling up and cruising now). I have outlet covers but some are missing now and I have the cabinets where there are hazardous stuff locked.
post #106 of 108
I don't go crazy on babyproofing, but I did put some things away and rearranged other things so he couldn't get access to potentially dangerous objects or things I do not want broken. I do have cabinet locks under my sink (yucky compost and garbage are magnets to him!) and a lock on my stove and dishwasher, and I do have babygates but most of the time they're open anyways, he's been going up and down the stairs by himself for months now.

My DS is a major adventurer/explorer, he'll get into anything and everything and bring things to you you've forgotten you ever owned. I don't want to be following him around and redirecting him every five minutes, I want him to feel this is his space too to do in as he wishes, so I've made it as kid-friendly as possible. He does know what "no" means so if we go somewhere else he'll listen mostly when I tell him to stay away from something, but at home I want everyone to be relaxed and mom and dad not to have to worry about what he might be getting into. Works great for us!
post #107 of 108
i think it really depends on the person maybe she follows her kids every move like Ive seen some parent do. whatever the case no matter what you say she wont change you just have to hope shes paying attention all the time.
i however have outlet covers, locked my sink cabinet, and did have a gate or 2 in my children's young years. i don't think its worth the chance.
post #108 of 108
When I just had one kid, I didn't babyproof much because I was always with ds. With dd (who is very adventurous) I've done gates on the stairs, outlet covers and cabinet locks. I also teach her what's dangerous, but I figure it only takes once for a baby to get seriously hurt so it's not worth the risk.
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