Now my youngest boy is 4 and all of their toys fit through the opening of a toilet paper roll. This time around, baby proofing may involve moving and not taking anything with us.
Months before the baby was born we banned all Legos from our family room. I’m still finding pieces in every crevice. I think I may just have to teach the baby to digest them.
My baby is only 3 months old right now but I’m already dreading what is going to happen when she discovers that movement is possible. She rolled over for the first time last night and while my kids were cheering her on I had to suppress an urge to wrap her up in a swaddle and make her stop.
So I’m faced with an imminent baby proofing challenge.Here’s what we’ve done to get started:
Teach the Why
A few months ago my kids didn’t understand why anyone would put a toy in their mouth. They told me our baby would be smart enough to do that. Within a few weeks of bringing the baby home, my youngest came up to me and said, “Mom! Babies really do put things in their mouth!”
Yep, welcome to reality my boy.
Now that they understand the reason for baby proofing, my kids are working on changing habits and getting better about keeping their small toys out of reach.
Create a Place for Everything
One of the biggest challenges of keeping any toys off the floor is that they need to have a place to go. Stock up on storage containers that seal tightly enough a baby can’t open them and label them clearly. Place baby-friendly toys on lower shelves and things with small pieces higher up.
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Create a Safe Zone
We’ve banned small toys from our living area. So far it isn’t working but I have high hopes. Kids generally miss things when they “clean up” so creating an area where no small toys are allowed makes it easier to keep babies safe.
Get on Baby’s Level
Many things that are a hazard to a crawling baby aren’t visible from our viewpoint To really see what your baby can see, get down on their level. Crawl around and look for anything that could be dangerous if your baby reaches (or tries to reach for) it. Older siblings will love this step and can help you keep an eye out for new hazards as they pop up. Don’t forget to anchor tall furniture to the
How do you babyproof when you have older kids?
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