Has anyone out there put up their tree and then decided it was a bad idea due to similar reasons I may have mentioned above?
Thanks for your advice on this. MDC moms are so AWESOME!
We decided that we need to teach him not to play with the tree, because if we go out to other people's houses during the season, he needs to know not to play with their tree, as well.
Last year, when he was 2, ds did not knock down the tree. We put only paper ornaments, stuffed animals, and ornament like baby toys on it. Then he could take off ornaments and put them back on as much as he wanted to. Usually I had to collect ornaments at the end of the day and put them back on.
When he was one, we tried putting a round plastic child fence around a real tree, but he would just push the gate right up to the tree. That was a ridiculous scene. We were constantly trying to keep him away from the tree and ornaments. We're smarter now, except for the tree falling over thing.
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We'll be either putting it on the 8 people table or putting it into a play pen or barricading it behind chairs. The presents we won't put out until christmas Eve.
Ornaments that he can have will go on the bottom of the tree incase he gets climbs onto a chair.
He'll be 16mths.
This year she is fascniated by the ornaments, and many have been broken.
Next year I plan on doing dough ornaments and stringing popcorn(something she can help with). I kind of wish we hadn't put up a trree, but it's a good learning experience for us.
Next year, when we move to our new (much Bigger) house I will go all out with decorations and teach him to not touch. Just not in the mood for Christmas this year.
DH said "No" to ds grabbing the lampshade last night, and ds said "yes". He's only 16 months old. I wasn't ready for outright defiance at 16 months (or 11 months!).
Leaflady~Thanks for the links. I read the 1st pages on both of those threads. I'm not sure if they ended up discussing the tree and toddler situation though. :
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Last year, monkey wasn't mobile and big sis just played with the unbreakables on the lower branches. Monkey's curious and resourceful... yikes.
So I got a cheap 4.5ft tree from Michaels (only 19$!!!) and put it on our kitchenette. We have a condo so it worked out really nice. I put a Christams table cloth on then the tree. I also put the tree skirt (I have an antique lace one) undertneath the tree. I hopeing to get the presents udner sometime this week!
BTW I use that gate to protect DD from various hazards and for a while I used it to contain the toys. It was open and she could go in and out, but she would play in it with her toys. For months after I moved it the toys remained inthat area...
I decorated the garlands with our ornaments, and had enough to choose a theme for each garland. One is handmade felt and cross-stitched ornaments, one is angels and stars, one is ornaments from travels, and one is all nativity ornaments. I normally LOVE our tree, but this was fun!! (And out of reach!)
the baby has taken most of them off.
it is a 4 foot tree (fake).
it does NOT even get close to falling over.
you can put the bigger lights on it, they get kind of hot, and the baby will not like to touch them. (we have small lights, and our baby leaves them alone, but i have used bigger ones in the past to keep my older son from bothering them.)
i doubt a fake tree on a stand would fall...
don't use glass ornaments though.
We're going to put our tree up this weekend and use some of the wonderful ideas from all these cool mamas! Hopefully we don't need to buy a super gate. But if we do it will come in handy!
Thanks everyone for sharing your tips! I'll let you know next week how it goes with ds and the tree!
Must be odd though because more people who come over are like "She leaves the tree alone? She leaves the presents alone???" Maybe girls are less "Xmas tree climbers"?? than boys?
But we do have the mother of all tree stands and that helps me feel confident that it will not tip. I don't think dh could pull it over if he tried. Got it at a fancy nursery. It is a huge metal bucket (18" high") with four legs that fold down (and screw into place). The legs go out two or three feet in each direction. It is all welded, very heavy, and has huge screws and I cannot imagine how it could fall. Another plus is it holds a lot of water....