The most popular word in our house right now: NO!
Our current age-appropriate (8 months) tactic is saying a firm “No” and relocating and/or distracting Avery away from the “No” zone.
His favorites right now are:
- attempting to chew on the door stoppers screwed into our trim
- opening the drawers in our end tables to see the pretty batteries (!)
- spilling the contents of the cat food bowls (no eating just yet)
- tugging on our curtains
- assaulting anything with buttons
- investigating anything and everything in our hall bathroom
- chasing the cats (my personal favorite)
I’ve been told by several people that it’s time to “baby-proof” our house. What appeared in the beginning to be an easy concept is becoming a daunting one.
When he started to crawl, my dad assisted us in promptly installing a baby gate at the top of the stairs that lead to our basement. So dramatic tumbles down the stairs are not a concern for those of you that are worried!
We’ve also purchased some foam corner protectors for the sharp-edged furniture in our living room that just happens to be at baby eye-level when he stands.
What seems to be overwhelming to me is the installation of cabinet and drawer locks, toilet locks, the puzzling question of how not to starve the cats and keep the boy out of their food, a few other specific-to-our-house issues, and the worry that I’m forgetting something crucial.
The market seems to be flooded with gadgets, crazy gating systems (my son is NOT livestock!), multiple books, and of the opinions that come with the aforementioned overload of baby-proofing STUFF.
I need your help, readers. I need ideas and your trusted opinions on what YOU found necessary in your home during this adventurous time I refer to as “The Great Baby Chase.”
So let me have it – this baby-proofing adventure needs to begin…like yesterday.