My 9 month old has just started crawling, & can pull himself up to standing quite easily too. Exciting though this is, I think we need to start getting some things to make our house a bit safer!
Does anyone have any recommendations for things they find useful & which they found easiest to assemble & least damaging to the house?! We got some corner protectors but already I can see they are going to totally ruin our cabinet with all the sticky stuff!
I've seen some reviews for safety gates etc on the review page but just wondered if there are any more people would recommend? As I think safety gates is probably the biggie!
Joined: 12 Jan 2007 07:52 Posts: 16304 Location: norfolk
we have had many safety gates, the one i liked best is our mamas and papas one -cant remember its name it has 3 different ways to lock it - so great for when baby gets bigger and turns into houdini!! It has a hook to hold it open too - great for when you are carrying baby and other things at the same time!
Joined: 13 May 2007 20:13 Posts: 3279 Location: essex
i found callum pulled the sticky corner protectors off!! only tip i can give is remove anything tempting off shelves/units. photos/ornaments etc .that way baby wont be trying to reach up to grab anything.
nearly had accident here today-jayden reached up to computer table and almost grabbed my cup of tea-i nearly had heart attack
We havnt got very much to be honest, just a couple of stair gates... (Asda Baby Event at the mo & they have some cheap) We have tried to teach Ellis what is right & wrong & what he can touch etc. It seems to be working! We dont have any corners in our front room... They say the best thing to do is to get down on ur hands and knees and see what dangers are around & they are what you need to look out for! I would recommend something to keep ur cupboards & drawers locked in the kitchen, Ellis keeps pulling glass jars out of the cupboard & they are smashing on the floor! Lots of pound shops have really good stuff in at the mo so no real need to buy expensive things x
Joined: 03 Feb 2009 00:24 Posts: 6074 Location: Windsor, Berkshire
I had a Lindam playpen that doubled up as a barrier, which was fine for the first 30 minutes I put my LO in it. He hated being in it as it was too confined, and as he could already stand up at 7 months, he just used to rattle the bars. By 8 months he could drag the whole thing across the floor whilst in it, and by 9 months, he could topple the whole thing over on his side while he was in it. We have wooden floors so although the playpen/barrier, is heavy, it was easy to slide around to move it. It may be different with carpet though as it would provide more grip, but it ruined our flooring.
To be honest, I think regardless of the things you use, kids will always find away around it, by pulling it off etc. Personally, I don't think you can go crazy and protect a child too much from it's own environment, as it's their own environment! Perhaps a playpen and/or stairgate is all you need?
Joined: 29 Jun 2009 21:36 Posts: 8359 Location: South Shields - North East
We have stairgates and cupboard locks. Ah and the plug covers because Lewis is a little monster for the electrics
One stairgate (On his bedroom) is a Lindam one, we got it in the baby event at Asda which is back on actually for £15. The other we have an the stairs is a portable one so we move it about quite alot and thats a lindam one too which was in the baby event at Asda for £10.
Cupboard locks and plug covers I got from my childrens centre. They run a scheme where you get free safety equipment. We did get the safety gates as part of the pack but they were the ones that you had to drill into the doorframe and I wasnt too keen on them
I agree with Sel, kids always find different ways into things and around them so sometimes just having the basics rather than all the high tech stuff is best.