Not baby proofing

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So I have a question is what is everyones thoughts on NOT baby proofing your house. Other than a couple of thing such as moving meds out of reach, locking household cleaners and covering outlets thats all I plan on doing. My theory on this is we didnt have all these gadgets when we were growing up and we made it through. Not only that but those locks for toilets scare me. What if I cant get it off in time? Isnt it just easier to close the door? My main concern is would you let your children have a playdate at a house that isnt baby proofed?

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Davina - posted on 01/28/2010

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I never baby proofed my house but I did keep a closer on my lil' ones especially when they started moving about the house, as long as the harmful things are out and doors shut to rooms that no one is in then everything should be just fine.

Tracy - posted on 01/28/2010

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we didn't do anything with our children, they have to learn what they can and can not do what they are allowed to touch and not, our son has been a little harder then our daughter was but we are getting there... lol... they need to be let to be kids and not be wrapped in cotton wool all the time...lol

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I would not consider my house baby proof, but we did take care of the major concerns like you mentioned (locking cabinets with dangerous stuff etc). I want my son to learn some boundaries as well. So far...not so good! Haha :) But we're working on it. He is only 13months.

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2010

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I though that WAS baby-proofing! LOL! We have covered outlets and bought baby gates, adn that's about it!

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I agree with the other moms. We didn't go crazy either. Just pretty much what you did. I do plan on putting a gate up at her door because it's right at the top of the stairs and I don't want to find out that she can climb out of her crib by her falling down the stairs. If we go to someone else's house I keep a close eye on her because alot of the people we know don't have kids so their house isn't baby proofed.

Tessa - posted on 01/28/2010

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I do think some parents go over the top with baby proofing their house.

We moved breakables up and out of the way, covered power sockets and don't use nasty chemicals to clean with so never had to worry about locking the vinegar or bicarb away. Anything dangerous is always kept up out of reach. Basic sense with kids I would think :)



We are watchful and teach our daughter that she is not allowed to go into cupboards and drawers etc. This helps for when we visit other peoples houses, but cannot guarantee they wont. Kids are very intrigued by new places.



At a very young age it is hard to teach a baby where they are and aren't allowed to explore.

A safe play area just for them and one cupboard filled with toys or pots and wooden spoons, unbreakable plates etc is a good way to give them a compromise.

The key to keeping a bub safe with out baby proofing is definately to watch their every move.



As to the second part of your question, we visit other peoples homes but are extremely careful because a lot of people haven't got kid friendly houses and keep many chemicals under their sink that are freely accessable.

Tessa - posted on 01/28/2010

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I do think some parents go over the top with baby proofing their house.

We moved breakables up and out of the way, covered power sockets and don't use nasty chemicals to clean with so never had to worry about locking the vinegar or bicarb away. Anything dangerous is always kept up out of reach. Basic sense with kids I would think :)



We are watchful and teach our daughter that she is not allowed to go into cupboards and drawers etc. This helps for when we visit other peoples houses, but cannot guarantee they wont. Kids are very intrigued by new places.



At a very young age it is hard to teach a baby where they are and aren't allowed to explore.

A safe play area just for them and one cupboard filled with toys or pots and wooden spoons, unbreakable plates etc is a good way to give them a compromise.

The key to keeping a bub safe with out baby proofing is definately to watch their every move.



As to the second part of your question, we visit other peoples homes but are extremely careful because a lot of people haven't got kid friendly houses and keep many chemicals under their sink that are freely accessable.

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I didn't really baby proof. We don't have locks on the cabinents (though the harmful chemicals are out of reach) we just taught her not to touch them. We covered outlets that are visible. Of course we use common sense and know that toddlers are curious and will explore, but the world is not baby proof so we are teaching her at home how to be safe. Toddlers will find a way to get hurt, baby proof or not!

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