What is the best way to keep your child away from your entertainment center?

Jessica - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am looking for gate recommendations and/or suggestions to keep a mobile baby away from our small entertainment center and small shelving unit.

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Amanda - posted on 02/17/2010

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We just kept telling our daughter that's not a toy. The shelves are "baby-proofed" with those things that keep doors closed ... I can't think of a better way to describe them right now ... And I would sit on the floor in front of it and move her away from it when she was younger. She still at 19 months will go over and try to touch the TV but as soon as we tell her not to touch she goes off to find a toy. They can be taught, just takes perserverance and patience :)

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Colleen - posted on 02/20/2010

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We put on locks and took everything off the shelves and had to push the coffee table in front of it.

Stacey - posted on 02/20/2010

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i would tell my son no , then about a week ago he fell and cut his eyebrow on the tv unit , so i now have a table and the setee pushed up against it to keep him away , as he didnt learn from his injury ,. :) :)

Krystle - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter LOVES to touch nannys special statues ect and ever since she was 6mths old, whenever she touched them shed be told no, if she did it again, shed get a light smack on the hand, Now days shes 17mths old, never goes anywhere near the stautes or breakables unless she wants 2 be cheeky and lick it or nudge it with her head on her way past lol cuz she knows licking isnt touching hehe

Sheila - posted on 02/17/2010

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my son is also 8mo old. We just got rid are really big entertainment center because we were afraid that he could hurt him self on it so we got a really small one and a flat screen so we can put on the wall. We hope it works but he likes to get into stuff, I tell him No all day but I think he understand

Lisa - posted on 02/17/2010

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I agree with Annie... my daughter is 8 months old and is VERY mobile. We use the firm NO with her all day long it seems. She's getting the hang of it, but then she tries to act cute and reach for it, while looking at you to see if you're going to change your mind. Just remember, it's not going to hurt them with you telling them no, it's going to make things a lot easier later on down the road! Good luck!!

Annie - posted on 02/17/2010

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They're never too young to begin light discipline, either. I agree with babyproofing (you can get plastic things that screw into doors which are difficult for babies-- and some adults!-- to open), but whenever your child is trying to get into something he/she is not supposed to bother, firmly say "no" while you remove your him/her from it. It's important not to be cutesy when you do it or he/she will think you're playing a game. You don't have to sound scary or mean, but it is important to consistently make that object a "No-No". It will take time and get tiring, but it will be worth it! Eventually they will have to learn, so the earlier the better. My kids understood NO at 10 months (not that they respected it ALL the time but the understanding was there). You'll appreciate not having to break bad behavior habits when you are forced to discipline later-- eventually he/she will figure out how to get past the baby-proofing and will HAVE to be able to listen and follow directions. Good Luck!

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If your baby is anything like mine, there's no such luck getting them to stay away from the entertainment center. We don't have any doors on ours and it sits in a corner so the only thing I could really do is lean a baby gate against it, then he learned to climb it. What I would do is just make it a place that your baby can get into it, it'll cause you less stress. That or either get baby locks if you have doors and drawers on it.

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my son is so busy unlike my daughter. We actually have am ottoman and coffee table pushed up against the t.v and stand!

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