Originally Posted by 1littlebit
how do you guys not baby proof? like for your own sanity? DS's idea of a good time is opening every cabinet with in reach, pulling everything out of it and dragging it around the house, collecting anything electronic and dumping it in the toilet. we baby proofed out of sheer frustration.
Maybe i have no sanity to save?
My babies LOVED opening cupboards and pulling stuff out. They still do. I don't mind a bit. Around the age of 12-18 months, i also taught them how to put things back IN to cupboards. And no, they are 2 and 4 now and still aren't buying the fun of that.
So i let them dive into cupboards, they've gone into every one in the kitchen, looked at stuff, smelled, (tried to) pour, etc. Now that they are 2 and 4, I think the thrill is completely gone. They know where everything is, and mostly what it does.
I babysat for many many years and even as a 12 yr old babysitter, I was known to a group of parents in my town for having the ability to completely head off tantrums and also to get kids to sleep. Back then, that i am aware of, at least in my town, we didn't even have cupboard locks or outlet covers. Childproof caps were JUST starting to come out back then. I think i have a good ability to let kids be curious and then let them know what we shouldn't be fooling around with. My kids are actually VERY aware that outlets are dangerous to the point where I think they actually might be scared of them. They will NOT go near them. I think its because everytime I use one, I tell them "now Mama has to be very careful, because this thing can make BIG Owwa." When it comes to what little chemicals under the sink (which all do have childproof caps, but thats besides the point), as soon as I have heard that door open, my ears and eyes are alert - I watch to see what they are looking for and what they try to take out. They ask me what it is, and I tell them and say it burns the skin and can make Owwa. I tell them, we use it to clean X, and then I might even open it and have them smell it so they can see its really nothing for them. Then i ask them if they want to see a spray that KIDS can use, and I make them a spray bottle of water and say "this is the KIDS cleaner - do you want to use it to clean your chalk board?"
Now, I know this works. I know by the way my kids now talk about that cupboard. They think its boring, and not for them.
As for the other cupboards, pots and pans, etc - yeah they have ripped through those. I think its fun to see what their imaginations come up with for each thing that they find. My daughter found a sealing ring for my jars and calls it her "Sleep Ring" and claims when she can't sleep, she will put it on her wrist and it should make her tired.
The benefit to that of course, is when I ask them "do you guys know where the egg cups are?" and they point to the right cupboard.