Bookshelves??? Oh dear!

Tricia - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




We live in a small house with an open layout (the kitchen, dining room, and living room are basically one big space) and two teeny-tiny-bitsy bedrooms. All four of our bookshelves are in the dining room crammed full of books. I hate that I spend so much time telling my 11 month old not to touch them, when they are clearly so exciting. Is there a way to baby proof bookshelves so he either can't pull everything off of them or he won't be tempted by them? I've contemplated curtains, but I'd like other suggestions before I go that far.


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Kappy - posted on 12/16/2009




Yes, I agree. If you have tall bookshelves, PLEASE attach them to the wall! You can use an L bracket that you find at the home store & attach that to the top of your bookcase and into a stud in the wall. These kids can climb up shelves quicker than you can believe!

I vote for the shelf that has kid books on it. These are Mommy's, and these are yours...

Christina - posted on 12/15/2009




Whatever you do I would suggest a bookcase strap to anchor the shelf to the wall. The thing my son kept on getting into was one of the pull out drawers in the kitchen. We just switched things around so the tupperware lids were in that drawer. He reveled in pulling everything out for about 2 weeks. After that he lost interest and left the drawer alone. Once it was no longer a can't have it was not as much fun. I know it's not the same thing but you get the idea.

Shelagh - posted on 12/15/2009




Just say no! I had two children, and was a childminder for 4 years - and it never crossed my mind to move our books, ornaments, etc etc. Make sure big heavy books are on the bottom shelf, with the smaller paperbacks etc higher up, and this makes the bookshelf much more stable. You can't just move everything out of the way that children aren't allowed to touch - sometimes they just have to learn the meaning of 'no'. So, keep on telling him - he'll learn not to touch the books, and at the same time he'll learn that when Mum says no, she means no.

Amy - posted on 12/15/2009




Leave the ones you use regularly on the top shelf, and clear everything off the bottom ones. Then box up what you don't use as often, label so you know what's in there. Our son 19 months old has always gotten into CD's and DVD's, we have finally just given up and boxed everything up we don't use ALL the time. It has been working very well for us. We too have an open concept with medium to small bedrooms, and one extra "bonus" room with extra storage, no basement.

~Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2009




Is there any way to re-arrange the books so that his books arfe on one specific shelf that is "all his"?

Maybe if he had 'his' own section for his own books, he would stop being so interested in the rest of them.....

Other than that, the only things I can think of are putting freestanding baby gates in front of the lower shelves, or bi-fold doors attached to the bookshelves - I think he'd just figure out that he could move curtains out of his way.

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