One of my new year’s resolutions was to become more organized, especially since my son has finally accomplished the ability to crawl.
Crawling has turned our son into a determined and curious baby and now has the ability to satisfy those curiosities on a whim. He is not content to play with his toys. He knows there are other things out there, including wires, doors that open and close, dust bunnies and who knows what else out there to entertain him… and scare the daylights out of Mommy and Daddy!
Home is where the heart is, but mine might have stopped when our son came close to the electrical outlets. Needless to say, that was a quick fix. There are many types of outlet covers, the ones pictured are the type we purchased. The picture also includes a box for cabinet doors. Fortunately for us, the kitchen cabinet door latches were already in place because of our cat. (He used to open the doors and then get stuck inside of the cabinets!) The latches work great because you have to push down on the latch in order to open the door.
The cat was also the culprit of why there are no breakable trinkets (i.e. crystal pieces or china, etc) out on the coffee table. The cat jumped up on the table when I had valuables on it and broke a few items. A large curio cabinet with a lock holds those items now. Perfect in our organization for baby proofing!
When reading how to best child-proof our home, one of the best words of wisdom shared was, “Let your child roam and see what he or she is interested in and proof it.” Our son loved the wires, the various remote controls and the dvd/cd/games by the television.
Plastic boxes with secured lids became a saving grace for small gadgets and games.
For Christmas we received two types of gates. One looks like two mesh doors together. This is great when we want our son to crawl around, but not get into rooms we haven’t child proofed yet, such as the bathroom. The other type of gate is more of an enclosure. Basically, it’s a playpen. My husband calls it the “play penitentiary” because we can lock the gate door. It works well though when Mommy has to take a potty break and wants to be sure her little crawler can’t get into anything for those few minutes!
We used to have a glass top coffee table, but we took the glass off of it and moved the table itself against the wall. It’s a storage area for toys right now. The glass top will have to wait a few years to make a return. Though I’ve seen expandable table edge bumpers available.
As our son gets taller and stronger and more curious, more planning will have to take place. Such as securing cords for window blinds to be out of reach.. we will also probably purchase stove knob covers and start using the block feature on the oven controls.
In the meantime, we just recently purchased another area rug. Our home is all tile flooring. Our son “falls well” as he will usually lower himself down, but if we can assist with any falls to make them softer, then it’s worth another rug.
The responsibilities of creating a safe environment for our son are serious. Not only are we child proofing our home, but when our son visits with his grandparents, they are doing the same as well.
Each crawl our son takes, I’m thrilled and terrified. I love watching him grow and learn. Our organization will grow and shift as our son continues to reach milestones and his curiosity expands to new levels of awareness. Child-proofing will be a lifetime of January resolutions as he continues to grow, walk and even climb!