How do you keep toddlers out of the Christmas tree!!??

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We made sure that our tree was stable. We bought a stand with a very heavy wide base. When I was little my parents actually screwed their tree stand to a 3' x 3' piece of plywood that my mom covered up with a bigger tree skirt. I also used the unbreakable plastic ornaments. They have them in some fun colors at Target. I still wanted to block the tree off from the kids, but I didn't want to put up an ugly gate, so I got a little creative. We put our tree in the corner of our living room. I had a couch on one wall and the loveseat on the other wall with the tree in the corner between them. I went to the store (Office Max?) where they had several different shaped bigger shipping boxes. I wanted them big enough that the kids wouldn't think to crawl over them. I think they were between 2 and 3.5 feet high. I took them home, assembled them, wrapped them in pretty wrapping paper and duct-taped them together like a fence. It reached from the couch to the love-seat and blocked the tree. The baby used it to stand up, but never tried to climb them. Now that I think of it, I might have put a brick in one or two of the boxes before I wrapped them to help it stay put. That was my festive solution!

Cornelia - posted on 12/17/2008

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I gave my toddlers their own mini trees with kiddie safe ornaments to decorate with - that way they leave the big tree alone and still to this day (aged 9 and 7 now) they spend hours decorating and redecorating their own trees.

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Gena - posted on 11/30/2013

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Last year we put our tree on a little table but our son could still reach the chocolate bells that were down below.I dont know,we dont really put ornaments on our trees,here its tradition to put chocolate ornaments on the tree. I guess this year our son will find a way to get them all...so we wont put alot on the tree.(a small tree).I will tell him he may only have one a day.Maybe its a good idea not to put glass ornaments on the tree..maybe those plastic ones?

Sollyis - posted on 11/30/2013

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How do I keep my toddler out of trouble from the christmas tree.It has glass ornaments.

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2008

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thats a good question i recently saw a baby gate in a magazine that goes all around the tree

Kathy - posted on 12/19/2008

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My 21 month old knows there are ornaments just for her to touch and play with so she just always goes to those.

Jessica - posted on 12/19/2008

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The only solution that we could think of was putting a playpen around the christmas tree...Has worked a treat for us this year

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2008

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I am lucky and my 1 year old daughter doesnt go near the tree or the presents underneath it, everytime she went near it we just said "no dont touch" and she eventually learnt not to touch it. But my mum used the fire cage to put around the tree, very simular to the play pen idea! GOOD LUCK!!!

Jennifer - posted on 12/18/2008

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The pack in play/play pen, is a great idea! I have twins as well, so when one sees the other into it, it's just impossible to keep them both out. Thanks for the suggestions!

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I run a day home and didn't have enough room for play pen in my living room, so I went to one of the Pet stores and got a X-Pen for dogs/puppies. The wire is black and not so noticeable, plus it is expandable - to fit the ongoing mass of presents.
I do really like the wrapping shipping box idea though... it wouldn't have worked for us as my tree is only protected on one side with a couch - and I could see the kids trying to unwrap it!

Jana - posted on 12/17/2008

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I like the wrapping the big box idea, much more festive then a gate! I will have to remember that just incase future children aren't as calm around the tree as my daughter.

Joy - posted on 12/17/2008

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My mom did daycare for 25 years and when she had toddlers in the house she put the Christmas tree in the pack-n-play. It is silly, but it works wonders!

Jandi - posted on 12/17/2008

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If your ceiling vs. tree height allows it you could put the tree up on a table. I personally put safe ornaments on the lower part of the tree and hope for the best. I've just decided that as long as my kid is safe i can live with a tree that looks like I decorated it blindfolded.

Stephanie - posted on 12/17/2008

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We don't have our tree completely open for our son to play near. It is in the corner and on both sides of it we have a couch. He can't touch the ornaments without climbing through many presents first. He's been really good about it.

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I could be just one of the lucky ones, but my two girls, 2 & 4 yrs old, have learnt not to touch the glass ornaments, which I have lots of, and the lights. We did go out and shop of a few of their "own" ornaments which they can put on the tree. Those are the ones they play with on the tree constantly which I'm ok with. I let them play with what not breakable; always remember to pick your battles. :-)

Jana - posted on 12/17/2008

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I thought I was going to have this problem with my 16 month old but I haven't so far. I put all child friendly decorations at the bottom and gave a few ornaments to put on the tree herself. She somehow connected those ornaments as "ok" and lets to take them off each morning and move them around. At first I was going to stop her, but since I let her put them on the tree I didn't feel like "fighting" with her to keep them on the tree. She only touches those ornaments. Maybe something like that would work for your little one. Merry Christmas!

Melissa - posted on 12/17/2008

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I did what my mother did, put our tree in one of the old fashion play pen's. Our son, whose one, leaves it alone. he will look at it but cannot touch it. If your toddler though is taller than the play pen it pry won't work

Christina - posted on 12/17/2008

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I sure dont know how to keep them out but there are ways to keep them safe. Tie the tree to the wall with a rope about half way up also only put non breakable play safe ornaments on the bottom (paper, plastic with no small parts etc.. ) with the tree stableized (sp?) and only play safe ornaments on bottom you and your little ones should be able to enjoy your tree. Also no lights kids can't resist them ( when i was two i bit through the tree lights and i can still remember it 28 years later ) Trees should be enjoyed and that should go for little ones as well .

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