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post #21 of 27
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Aren't the first 4 and key like $30 or something?
I aw some in the tp - maybe you can get some cheaper ones second hand?
post #22 of 27
My dd is 27 months and has always showered and bathed with me; there's no way I could leave her alone to do it- she'd hurt herself in some way for sure and I'd have no idea what happened! :-p But maybe you could shower together? We always have tub toys handy. :^D
post #23 of 27
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DS (28 mo) managed to get a paper cut on his penis; hit the dog with a book; colored on the sheets with a crayon; colored on the shower door with same crayon (crayon is now in shower on shelf); dumped my contact lenses on the bed; and erased half of DD's dry-marker book work while she was rescuing my contact case...

What is your fail-safe, TV-free way to get a quick shower?!?!?!

I can't lock him in the bathroom with me because there even more dangers lurking in the low drawers and cabinets.

We're new at this... help!

My son is 28 months too and I have never used TV as a way to keep the kids out of the way while I shower or do anything else. I just close the door so they have to stay upstairs, i.e. within hearing range. If it gets really quiet I jump out immediately!

Toddler-proofing is an ongoing process, there's always something more that we didn't think of. The main thing is that he can't manage to hurt himself or destroy something (or someone) important.

I think some crayon marks here and there every now and again is probably part of life. Apparently paper-cut penises is, too (although we have never had any yet), it sounds hard to avoid, unless you want to classify paper as dangerous and insist that kids are always fully dressed. The dog can probably handle a book or two.

As for contact lenses I haven't really found a good place to hide mine. For some reason the case is extremely interesting! And I'm sorry for my poor laptop that is missing half its keys (and the remaining ones have been painted with red nail varnish), because they don't sell replacement keyboards for that model anymore.
post #24 of 27
My kids are 2 and 3. We've had everything you can possibly imagine happen, including a trip to the ER when my daughter (then 2) got into a bottle of medicine. (High locks went on all cabinets after that).

You just kind of learn to put things up high, lock whatever you can and shower REAAALLLY QUICKLY. I have a box of toys in the closet and will pull one or two out for my son (2) if he follows me in.
post #25 of 27
How about taking a bath instead of a shower? My dd is 2.75 and when I need to bathe and dh is not available to watch her, I just take a bath, she normally plays right next to the tub so I can keep an eye on her and get clean at the same time. Only downside is dd will throw all her bath toys in with me, but its all good.

Shay
post #26 of 27
My kids hate showers so for a long time, I skipped showers and had baths with them whenever I needed one (I bathe every other day and do "spot hygiene" daily ). I figured out that I could wash my hair by holding my baby on my stomach while dunking my head backward underwater for rinsing. Fortunately I can often have showers by myself now, but I think that my showers must be much shorter than yours given what your ds got up to during that time .

disclosure: we are not tv-free, but we don't use tv to deal with personal hygiene issues
post #27 of 27
I have the best luck putting a toy like DS's Little People garage and cars or castle/knights in the bathroom. He can easily play w/ a toy like that for 15+ minutes and that way I can put it right in front of the door so I know where he is.
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