(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Baby Proofing
The other day Punky figured out how to open drawers and doors. Coupled with the fact the little munchkin is enjoying exploring this big wide world called her
death trap home, and starting to cruise around any piece of furniture she can, the time has come...
Here's my guide on how to baby proof... everything!
These are pictures from our lounge room. The top ones are our coffee table and TV unit. The bottom picture is the bar area where Dave likes to dump all his stuff after work. That cardboard box with the arrow pointing to it? Filled with recycling and our current method of keeping Punky out of Dave's stuff and out from behind the bar. Surprisingly it has been quite effective! We have a gate sitting in the backroom though, just waiting to be installed here. If you look at the TV unit picture you can see the Foxtel box in the middle cubby, to the left of that is a power board powering everything, and to the right, hidden by the yellow pillow thing, is a double adaptor with phone chargers.
We set off to Target and stocked up on heaps of these cabinet & drawer latches to put on all the drawers in the lounge room, as well as the draws and cupboards in the kitchen. The beauty of these ones is they fold down once you don't need to use them anymore which will be handy when we no longer need them for Punky but will probably then have a baby who won't be far off needing to be kept out of drawers. They were pretty cheap too so we stocked up. We also got some straps to anchor the TV to the TV unit which were also pretty cheap, under $20.
Gratuitous Baby Shot, complete with dried yogurt on her nose (Dad fed her lunch I swear!),
the reason we need to baby proof my house
Dave getting his Handy-Man on! Not a sight seen often in this house
All in all I don't think it was too hard to install the latches, but then again my only job was to keep Punky occupied and out of the way while Dave strew bolts, screws and power tools all over the lounge room so I'm probably not an authority on that. During the week I am going to do some re-arranging of kitchen cupboards as well to move baby-friendly stuff into baby accessible places and the not-so-baby-friendly stuff to baby-unreachable places for that extra piece of mind.
Most rooms in the house have been pretty easy to make baby proof and those that aren't, well, I just shut the door and don't let her in there. I think we have thought of most things, the only thing that has us stumped is what to do about the cubbies on the front of the TV unit (first picture). Punky just loves pulling at the cords and power board and fiddling with the Foxtel box and I have to watch her like a hawk but I'm not sure what we can put there to deny her access. So over to you guys...any suggestions? And any hints on things you ended up having to baby proof that we might not have thought of?
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