BABYPROOFING! AHHHH

Corinne - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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i am ABSOLUTELYYYY losing my mind with my daughter touching the TV and turning it on and off!!!!!!!! i need help on how i can baby proof it!!! ive pushed it as far back as it can go on the entertainment center and she still can reach it...sometimes she uses her toys to reach it if shes not standing on something!!!! i cant take it much longer!!!



while youre at it...any suggestions on the computer as well????? putting things in front of the button doesnt work at allllllll!

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Faith - posted on 03/29/2010

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ok don't know if this will help but I bought my kids a kid computer of their own, put it next to mine so they could use it. I gave up baby proofing the tv. Got them their own that they can mess with (amazon and toys r us have some really cute ones). Before all that though I didn't bother. Baby proofing isn't teaching them how to use things. The only ones that I really suggest is the stairs, and drawers with sharp or harmful things in them. Its annoying yes, but really going to all that trouble just so in a few years we can teach them how to use those things didn't seem worth it to me. If it can't harm them, teach them :)
Best of luck though

Lady - posted on 03/29/2010

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This is just one of the lessons as a parent you are going to have to get used to. Part of parenting is repetition and persiverance. Yes I know it can drive you nuts but it she will get bored eventually and move on to the next thing that drives you mad, you can not baby proof everything so you need to try and teach her there are things that she shouldn't touch. With my fourth child who has just turned 1 I haven't done any baby proofing at all - not even stair gates - and he's learning. It takes more effort on my part and I have to watch him more closely and I don't necceserily recomend everyone does what I do but I've learnt that they will get into something you don't want them to at some point so I might as well start teaching him now. He goes up and down the stairs no with out any problems and very much knows the meaning of the word "NO". It something they all ahve to learn at some point so why not start now too?

Emma - posted on 03/28/2010

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I have the same problem,
I download a keyboard lock that works well you have to hold 3 keys down at the same time to unlock it Ctrl, delete and F1 so to hard for the kids to do.
i also gave my very old PC to the kids and got a kids keyboard and games its in my office and they can play while i work it has certainly diminished there fascination with my computer now they have there own
Regards the TV we are going to buy a wall mount as nothing we have tryed works,
We have now installed proper locks on all our bottom kitchen cupboard's as the kiddie locks they sell our kids can open without any effort at all .

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we put a coffee table in front of the entertainment center and for the most part keeps my boys off the tv...as for the computer my husband taped a piece of cardboard over the buttons... hope it helps

Rachel - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son was very persistant so i know how you feel, i taped an old credit card to the tv button, the tape has to wrap around the tv without covering the sensor for the remote, just leave the tv on and use the remote

Debbie - posted on 03/27/2010

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"one step ahead" has a lot of solutions to situations like these. for tv's last time i looked, they had a plastic strip that goes over the buttons & can velcro off for adult use.
haven't seen any computer solutions sorry!

Myra - posted on 03/26/2010

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Invite the exploration--do it with her. Learning to push buttons and see what happens is great for kids...annoying to us, but essential for them to learn. I have a 22mo old that has done the same thing since she figured out that "there's power in those fingers". It does get better. But, hard as it is, try not to tell her no unless she's doing something to it that could break it like hitting the screen. You may also want to try getting her a TV of her own. My daughter has an old TV we don't use anymore in her room. It is plugged up, but she can't actually watch anything on it. She can go and hit the buttons, tun it on and off, listen to the static as loud or soft as she wants...and if it breaks, it's no big deal.

As for the computer...turn your settings so that it shuts off very soon after it's idling. If it's a laptop, close it. If you have a keybord or mouse, put them out of reach. Create a boundry and let her know that she is not allowed in that area, not just to not touch the computer. It is easier to create an area that they aren't allowed in that to just not allow certain objects off limits.

If you do any kind of punishing yet, start that with the behavior if you tell her "no".

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010

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Just hang in there then....she will eventually give up on that and try something else. My daughter is the exact same way...."no" didn't work and neither did spanking or tapping her hand...she did it anyway and actually laughed at me when I did it. If there is a way to disconnect the tv buttons, I would try that, if not...just continue what you are doing, she will get bored with it, like you said :)

Corinne - posted on 03/26/2010

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it doesnt light up but its a black tower and the power button is shiney and silver! unfortunatly shes smart enough to know that when she pushes it the monitor makes cool pictures and all that! thats what she really loves about it! same with the TV! she gets sooo excited when things turn on and off! most of the time if she turns the comp off...ill turn the monitor off as well before it does anything exciting! with the tv, ive started doing the warnings with a no a couple of times...then i lightly tap her hands...then i try spanking...if those fail (which they usually do) i will keep the tv turned off for a little while until she gets bored with it!

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010

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I don't know if you can do this to your tv, but my husband was able to disconnect the wires from those buttons that keep getting pushed. My daughter did the same thing and it got old fast. He was able to pull the panel off where the buttons are and disconnect those wires and as long as you can use a remote control, it works just fine. Eventually my daughter realized that when she pushed those buttons and nothing happened and she quit trying to push them on and off. I hope this helps :)

As for the computer, have you tried putting black electrical tape in front of the button (if it lights up) so she isn't interested in the light? We unfortunately couldn't stop our daughter from pushing those buttons...we just had to block her while we were using it and unplug it when we were done so she just couldn't turn it on :)

Corinne - posted on 03/26/2010

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its not really warming up here (wa) but even if i take her somewhere and get her running and playing...she sleeps in the car on the way home and is at full steam as soon as we get home! shes only a year and a half and i have put her in time out for touching the tv and comp before but the second time out is over she runs STRAIGHT to it again! i know its jsut a phase and im being consistant with the no's and the punishments but my sanity is running VERY VERY thin!

Kristin - posted on 03/25/2010

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It is warming up, you can always take her to the park and wear her out that way. Another thought on the computer, maybe turn it to the wall or gate it off.

If she's over 2, you can put her into time out for touching them. Seems a little harsh, but she doesn't need to be touching them at this age either. Good luck.

Corinne - posted on 03/25/2010

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ty! no i dont have an extra room for the comp to move! she cant reach the keyboard or mouse just yet! as far as the tv goes its not going to tip on her! just cant get her to leave the power button alone! all the buttons are on the side EXCEPT the power button! *sigh* its overwelming... she goes from the tv to the comp to throwingher toys back to the tv...and on and on and on!! i feel like i cant sit still for 2 seconds at this stage! i know it will pass but its hard when it seems like i cant even go to the bathroom or step into the kitchen for 2 seconds without her turning something off! ill definitely look into the guards though! TY!!

Kristin - posted on 03/25/2010

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Can you move the computer to a room that you can close a door too? That will solve that. As for the TV, One Step Ahead (OneStepAhead.com) sells these shields that block the buttons from your child, but not the signal from the remote. They also have straps for TV's to prevent them from tipping over onto your daughter should she get really ambitious.



Good luck.

Erica - posted on 03/25/2010

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are the controls on the top of your TV or the bottom? safety 1st used to have something for that. as far as the computer goes, there is a tower guard available and i used to unhook my keyboard so she couldn't push random buttons to delete anything. other than that constant redirection, eventually after hearing the word no often enough she will quit.

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