|For a mobile baby I have a couple of questions: how could you make the common areas completely safe? Was yours an oral baby? If so, how could you completely keep the common areas free of anything "mouth-able"? Or did you just not worry about it?
I think "completely safe" is an individual perception. For me, it meant having a space that was easy to assess visually with a glance. Even knowing it was baby proofed, I always took a careful look around the area if I was stepping out of the room, just as a matter of habit. I did this when I was in the room occassionally too, if I felt the need. (I want to say here that every accident ds had, he had standing right beside me. Sigh.). Knowing he was in that oral stage (and he was), I never had him out of my sight for more than a minute~the time it takes for a quite bathroom trip or to grab the phone~Heaven forbid he did find something, it would take him several minutes to really choke, and I think I had an internal "timer" that reset whenever he was out of my sight (regardless of who walked, or crawled, away), and it never failed me. After a minute I had to get him back in sight, for my own peace of mind. I think this changed when he was about 2 and a half or 3. At that point we had a little system that has evolved over the years, where I call out "Beep" and he says "Beep beep!" which is a nice way to reassure yourself when they get " too quiet", that they are not having a problem or stuck or choking or anything else a parent can suddenly fear has happened. He does this to me too. Sometimes I would here a "Beep!" and I'd call out "Beep beep!" from wherever I was in the house. He really liked that!
[QUOTE]Did you have older children also at the time? If so, did you just make sure that their stuff stayed out of the common area? [QUOTE]
No, he's the first. So experienced advice will have to come from someone else. I will say though, I think the above approach would still work. I think most families have to do something like this with a baby in the house, and older siblings learn to keep lego's and other small things in their own room. But that is where the visual assessment comes into play~I wouldn't ever assume the other children remembered~and if I keep the common area free of clutter, I should be able to see at a glance if the baby is safe. I would probably be doing this kind of re assessment regularly when I was in the room too, if I had other children running in and out.
I think you will agree blanket training doesn't offer any protection from this either. An older child can just as easily drop a lego on the blanket with the baby, as they can drop it anywhere else in the room.
|Also, it sounds like even when you were out of the room, you were still in sight--baby could find you. How would you do it if this were not the case?
Neither house had bedrooms or bathrooms in sight of the common area. In one house they were off a hallway. In the other, the bedrooms were off the common area, and the bathrooms were accessible only through the bedrooms. The kitchen had a view in both houses, which did help. It was possible for the baby to follow me anywhere though, because all the homes were single level.
Are you talking about a two story home? I need an example of how it wouldn't be possible for the toddling baby to find you. If it's a two story home, I'd set up "camp" on the ground floor, gate the stairs, and wait until the baby was asleep or in an agreeable mood to come along, before I'd spend a period of time up there.