Keeping the baby away from the Christmas Tree

Kristina - posted on 11/04/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Christmas is coming. Any suggestions on how to keep a baby away from the Christmas Tree (or at least not to touch it or the decorations) without having to say "No" all of the time?

My son has the "run of the house" but stays in sight or by ear distance. I have 2 cats that I use a spray water bottle when they bother the tree. I can't think of anything for a baby...well besides getting a rap-around baby gate for the tree. I would prefer not saying "No" all of the time. "No" is said enough around my household.

I almost want to discuss with my husband about not putting up a tree this year and worry about it next year.

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Noreen - posted on 11/13/2010

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So smacking a baby because that baby is doing something that is normal behavior for that age is not beating?? Ok. Well all I am saying that that baby will only behave well because it's afraid of the parent. Not because he/she knows it's right. Difference.

Noreen - posted on 11/12/2010

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I guess motherhood is SO easy if you beat them. Jeeze Why not put them in timeout, or just keep telling them no and distract them with something else?? Instead of instilling fear into them by hitting them?!

Tanith - posted on 11/09/2010

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I had the same problem when I put my tree up for the first time - my son headed straight for it and pulled it over. I took him away and said NO, he immediately went for it again, I repeated it and same thing. My third time rule is "A damn good hiding". I took him away, gave him a hiding on his backside, he cried for a few seconds, turned the other way and did something else. He forgot about it and came back, I repeated my "Third time rule" and never had a problem since. I threaten him by showing my hand and he backs off - works a charm every time.

Makes motherhood so easy when they know the consequences.

Catherine - posted on 11/12/2010

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Our son is 14mo (will be 15mo by Christmas) and we're considering skipping the tree this year. But I heard a good suggestion at playgroup: put the tree inside a playpen!

Jess - posted on 11/07/2010

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How about a small table top tree that you can still decorate, and most come with pre-fitted lights ! They are off the ground so out of babies reach and come christmas morning babies presents can be stacked on the floor at the base of the table.. great for little hands and everyone else scattered around the tree on the table top, safely away from little hands !

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Jess - posted on 11/13/2010

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This post is NOT about smacking and I would like to remind you all of what Nikki has said. In most countries smacking a child under the age of 2 is ILLEGAL ! Regardless of what you call it, if your unsure let me know and I will happily post you a dictionary.

This post has become out of hand and I have chosen to lock this thread. If you have any questions please feel free to message me.

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Nikki - posted on 11/13/2010

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Kristina, I have sent you a private message. If you have enough ideas from this post it may be an idea to lock it.

Kristina - posted on 11/13/2010

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Nikki, I do not strike my child. My child gets a smack on the hand occasionally to correct a continued behavior, but never never abusive. I reported the person because she brought in a subject that was not warranted or appreciated. ...Especially for the topic.

Nikki - posted on 11/13/2010

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Ok ladies, let's play nicely. No name calling or sarcasm please. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, let's just keep it constructive. Also if you wish to have a smacking debate it might be an idea to open a new post rather than leading this one off track.



I am not sure where the original poster is currently living, however I will remind everyone that in most countries it is in fact illegal to strike a child under the age of two, for any reason.



Thanks Nikki



May I suggest redirection or a small gate.

Brittney - posted on 11/12/2010

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I was wondering the same thing. I asked my mother-in-law and she suggested putting a small tree on top of a table instead of putting up the big tree until my daughter gets older.

Bridget - posted on 11/10/2010

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My husband and I decided that we aren't going to get a large tree this year. We are going to get a very small one (no more than 3 feet) and put it up on a table, out of my daughters reach. That way she can still enjoy the lights and the ornaments but wont be able to touch the tree! Im terrified she will pull the tree down on top of herself!

Noreen - posted on 11/08/2010

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Hmm.. I think consistancy along with keeping an eye on your toddler is all you can do. Unless you want to invest in a gate. We just always told our boys no and redirected them to something else. They never really touched it.

Tiffany - posted on 11/06/2010

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My only thought has been a gate.either one that is just a half circle that hooks to the wall so that it cant be town down easily. or a full circle one all around the tree

Kellie - posted on 11/04/2010

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Sounds exactly like my house...2 cats and all. I would still put up your tree. Put breakable ornaments up top obviously but I don't know how else to keep them away other than a gate. I didn't even think of this...I can imagine what a fun season this will be. My son's crazy! :)

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