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babyproofing ideas

post #1 of 55
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I wanted to start a place for how people are planning to deal with mobility.
I'm kindof figuring out as I go but not sure about doing a whole room. I'm clearing everything out into one room which will have all the clutter. . And my bed probably needs to go on floor ,& I have my diapering stuffIin there so I'm thinking of getting a babygate&keeping it in hallway or in my closet or maybe a shelve?
What about heaters? We're used to hanging out on the carpet upstairs &downstairs is next to the kitchen but the floor is cold &hard. I'm thinking if getting yards of fabric &securing it down. I don't want my baby to be confined to our pack n play &shes too heavy. I hope she will like the floor . What kinds of things do people keep for them to discover? Do they bash into walls&corners or what?
post #2 of 55

We will put the electric outlet covers in, and cleaning supplies up out of reach. That about sums up our baby proofing. We don't have any clutter, as clutter makes me feel very uncomfortable. Our baby has been playing on our cold hard floor for oh, about six months now. :) He doesn't seem to mind. Most babies of my acquaintance really like to play with kitchen-ey type things, bowls, scoops, tupperware, etc. A cabinet full of those things that are baby-safe might be nice to have.

post #3 of 55
We tether big furniture and cover electrical outlets. I'm like resque and don't have clutter so it's not an issue. I'm not big on too much baby proofing. They will bang their heads sometimes... It's part of life! smile.gif
post #4 of 55

Tethering big furniture YES. Thank you, that's so important.

post #5 of 55
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Originally Posted by -Resque- View Post
 

Tethering big furniture YES. Thank you, that's so important.

My son is a climber and I am SO paranoid that something will tip on him. ;)  Otherwise I might never have thought to do it! 

post #6 of 55
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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post

My son is a climber and I am SO paranoid that something will tip on him. wink1.gif  Otherwise I might never have thought to do it! 

Now I want to look up tethering. II'm thinking securing table &couch to wall? I also have a little bench..if it doesn't stay in one place tethered(?) I guess it isn't babyproofed. I also have an old school coat hanger , so I guess maybe it could live on the stairs behind a babygate? That covers all my furniture.

Do you keep the whole room open to the baby? What about rugs by front door ? We have polluted soil so I try to keep everything on the rugs. Is there a cheap easy way to barricade? Probably not.
post #7 of 55
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Originally Posted by -Resque- View Post

We will put the electric outlet covers in, and cleaning supplies up out of reach. That about sums up our baby proofing. We don't have any clutter, as clutter makes me feel very uncomfortable. Our baby has been playing on our cold hard floor for oh, about six months now. smile.gif He doesn't seem to mind. Most babies of my acquaintance really like to play with kitchen-ey type things, bowls, scoops, tupperware, etc. A cabinet full of those things that are baby-safe might be nice to have.

I strongly dislike clutter too. I tried so hard &have been getting rid of stuff since pregnancy. Its depressing to put what I have in one room but its actually going to fit for once!& the other room will look nice if I can just get this fine tuned.
post #8 of 55
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What if the pack n play is in my babyproofed room? Is that furniture too I assume? I guess I could take aparr&put back together as needed ? Or try to push it against the wall&couch?
post #9 of 55
I can't imagine your table and couch are likely to tip over! Bookcases and tall dresses and the like, worry about. Coat rack, possibly. Pack and play should be safe too.
post #10 of 55
And honestly, we have all cold hardwood floors. There are throw rugs in places, or I put a comforter on the floor. She doesn't seem to mind. And we cut down on dirt because we take our shows off when we come inside.
post #11 of 55
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So I think I actually have to start cleaning the floor. I usually just vacuum.
I feel like my baby is always a little cold if on the floor. But yeah, it's a bit unpreventable for cold hard floors. I think of her little fingers getting too cold so I put her in the pack n play instead . I get cold on the floor. I do have a comforter we tried but of course its not big enough. My kitchen is much colder too. Maybe as she moves more she'll warm up★
post #12 of 55
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If my bed is 2ft high , is that still "on the floor"? I'll measure it &see. It needs to be moved off its frame but still has a thick mattress& maybe 6inch foundation which we really need. Its currently against the wall only at the head of the bed. I can put it length wise but then she can still get out of the head. I use my body pillow at the head now. If I try to corner the bed, we'll have heaters in rhe way. I guess thats an idea for spring.
I am also thinking of trying to put the bed length wise and keep it away from the wall to create a little crib if I can figure out how to block the end of the bed to the wall, as long as she cant climb over&hoping sshe'll sleep there or at least have a new spot.

Is this part of bumping heads is part of life? I don't know which idea is best.

Is securing the arms reach to the bed a good idea for putting diaper change stuff? Everything is currently on a little fold table that must go. Its really just my bowl that i fill at the sink with warm water . And wipes&few supplies.I put her in the armsreach hoping she wont learn to get out or carry her to get the water but its getting too heavy. Then i i put the bowl there and its behind me as i wrangle with her. I keep the basket of diapers on the floor.Not the best set up! I feel so stiff hobbling around. Maybe if i get exercise changing on the floor will be easier. I have a changing pad thats curved.. I also have my pail on the floor in there because I changed on the bed or armsreach. If I shut the door it will be too hot so I guess I will start with one gate. Maybe the pail can go on the other side of it. After I change her I can use a little pail to dump into it that I can keep somewhere?? Just thinking out loud in case someone has a better idea

Oh &what about heaters that are hot to touch? Just supervise ? I want to make it so I can be cooking & not have to supervise. And upstairs be able to leave her in the bedroom alone.
Anyone use a crib just for this purpose? I don't want to have to get one. I am just imagining my baby getting faster&faster though.
post #13 of 55
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What to do when I'm sleeping &she wakes me up by grabbing my nose greensad.gif? At first when she wakes she's still but after so long she gets out of the covers, unless she kicks them off us both in the night. Maybe I need bigger swaddling blankets.
post #14 of 55
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I was about to post in family safety but felt embarassed. Its kindof a babyproofing thing since I'm putting it all in one place. Maybe I'll even show it to my partner. Carseats...my partner had our carseat on top of the trunk of our car! way back in the summer when the baby was small. I saw him & immediately ran out telling him how that's not safe, wondering why he wouldn't notice!? Every time since I've reminded him after he almost did it again. I always bring out the seat and then bring her which is easier for me. But when I walked into the Dr s office & he had her on a table in the carseat, I cant stop thinking about how bad of an impression that it &unsafe. The table was low &she was in a quiet mood but STILL. I'm so afraid of what the people who worked there thought&what theyll do. Isnt that such a big no no?!. When I came in I couldn't believe he'd done it again, that simehow in his mind this was different than the top of the car. Wobbly carseat all the same.
post #15 of 55
We just started baby proofing too! And my baby has also learned to love the cold hard floor, though I should say we keep the apt generally in the 70-72 range.

My plan, generally speaking, is to baby proof her room as much as possible since she is on a floor bed in there alone at night.

For the rest of the house, I am keeping her either fully supervised (no multi tasking during free roaming play) or when I am busy, in a pack and play. I don't want to anchor everything here and lose my deposit before she's at all close to being truly mobile, and I have no idea what to do about my plants.

Any thoughts about plant care? Big ceramic pots on the floor mostly, though there's a few easy to tip over plastic ones too. We don't really have windowsills.


IF she manages to get super mobile really fast, I plan on setting up a large baby gate in the corner of the living room. I got 2 of these fence-like playpen things on amazon that make a HUGE play area, like 8x8' I think?
post #16 of 55

Hereweare, you only need to tether large pieces of furniture that are likely to fall over if she uses them to stand. We'll be tethering two tall bookcases. There's no need to tether the couch or table.
I wouldn't worry about your bed that much, just put some pillows/rolled up towels around her when you're not in bed with her. I'm not sure what to say about your diaper set up, as we have a change table. Maybe look into getting a cheap one from IKEA? you can keep it downstais. I think having a pack n play for times when you can't supervise her is a great idea. As for the carseat thing, yes, leaving on the trunk was not very safe, but in the doctors office where  (I'm assuming?) he was right there was fine. 

post #17 of 55
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I miss my plants. I had them for so long &somehow neglected them during pregnancy &let them dry out &die. I was so hot I left the shades shut. No ideas on what to do though. Can they be moved anywhere they might not be as happy?
post #18 of 55
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Originally Posted by rainbownurse View Post

Hereweare, you only need to tether large pieces of furniture that are likely to fall over if she uses them to stand. We'll be tethering two tall bookcases. There's no need to tether the couch or table.

I wouldn't worry about your bed that much, just put some pillows/rolled up towels around her when you're not in bed with her. I'm not sure what to say about your diaper set up, as we have a change table. Maybe look into getting a cheap one from IKEA? you can keep it downstais. I think having a pack n play for times when you can't supervise her is a great idea. As for the carseat thing, yes, leaving on the trunk was not very safe, but in the doctors office where  (I'm assuming?) he was right there was fine. 
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Originally Posted by rainbownurse View Post

Hereweare, you only need to tether large pieces of furniture that are likely to fall over if she uses them to stand. We'll be tethering two tall bookcases. There's no need to tether the couch or table.

I wouldn't worry about your bed that much, just put some pillows/rolled up towels around her when you're not in bed with her. I'm not sure what to say about your diaper set up, as we have a change table. Maybe look into getting a cheap one from IKEA? you can keep it downstais. I think having a pack n play for times when you can't supervise her is a great idea. As for the carseat thing, yes, leaving on the trunk was not very safe, but in the doctors office where  (I'm assuming?) he was right there was fine. 

I feel like I need a more permanent solution to bed sharing.
What are other people doing? Do your babies not try to mive so much or are other people better at "trapping" them than me? She'll go on her knees like shes getting ready to climb a mountain.

When you get up&the baby is awake, what do you do, babywear? I put my pack n play in my room so I can go pee
I used to be able to trap her but after a fall I am too worried. I'm putting my bed closer to the floor tommorrow if the movers come. I read about a pillow palace? Lining the floor with pillows? I imagine the baby bouncing off them &gettinghurt. If I could think of a way to keep the pillows in the right places.
How do I get over this hump of her not learning how to crawl off the bed safely?
And what about when she crawls so fast ?

But I still have heaters in my room. She hasnt gone for them yet thankfully.


Anyone getting outlet covers? I think I'll get MothersHelper brand since its so popular but some say spring loaded ones are better for toddlers.

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post #19 of 55

we do a lot of floor time, if I have to pee I just leave him on the floor. He can't move that fast yet. 
As for bed sharing, when we do (which is rare), hubs usually isn't in the bed, so I just put a pillow on that side and then me on the other. 
She's not going to bounce off the pillows, that would only happen in Looney Tunes. 

post #20 of 55
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All this is having me think of using the pack n play or getting a crib for her bed. This is what I was worried about, if she didn't want to change where she sleeps. ....Got bed on floor today but it feels awkward. I will try putting her next to the wall but only my half of the bed has the head of the bed with my body pillow against a wall then the other half it can fall off. Maybe I should put the body pillow in the middle, behind me going down my back. But shes used to sleeping in my armpit&jumping with her feet on my curled up legs. Sometimes I wake &find her pushing her head on the body pillow when it was at the head against the wall almost like a sleep association. I gurss I better check out some ideas on how to transition her. I dont think she'll like it but what can I do?
For now should I really just put my couch cushions on the floor where she may fall? What if the wall behind the head of the bed has a heater, like 2ft away? If she won't bounce I guess its ok. I feel irresponsible though, like she wont be safe enough :/
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