Long story short, I'm having my second baby in July and a good friend with mad sewing skillz is making my baby bedding.
She asked originally if I wanted bumpers and I didn't think much on it and said yes (note: she hasn't started sewing yet, so I could call her and be like NOOOOOO if I needed to be). I'd used them with my first and y'know, they're just sort of everywhere. Well, the whole world changes in babyland all the time and wouldn't you know that things are way different six-seven years later. With my first, I didn't keep them in the crib until he was around 6 months and could roll around himself, lift his head, etc.
Now, however, in the haze of pregnancy anxiety and trying to play catch up on all the rules, I'm second guessing myself. I tried googling alternative ways to dress up a nursery without bumpers but everyone keeps suggesting breathable bumpers which isn't the point I'm going for. I'm all about some decor and I just bought two yards of specialty fabric that was kind of pricey and I want to use it somehow.
Right now she's planning on:
- crib skirt
- bumpers (which I want to change out)
- floor pillow/bean bag (for my older son so he could hang out in the nursery and be near me and his brother).
What could I replace the bumpers with decor-wise? I'd rather be safe than not :P
(A side note is that I'd hate for her to make these beautiful bumpers and then I toss them in the corner 90% of the time)
I need a baby gate. the problem is the way my stairs are designed (see picture). The gate needs to be able to attach at the bottom, underneath the banister, and be designed such that I can use zip ties to secure the top. This space is about 50" wide. I would prefer a taller gate with a door, and the lower the price the better. Thanks for your help.( The area in questionCollapse )
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My house has an "open" floor plan, which is making this a treat. The three openings I'm looking to block are 43", 45" and 48". So I'm gonna need a WIDE gate at each, presumably the kind with the door to pass through.
Anyone got a gate they love (or HATE) for me to check out? The reviews on Amazon are SO all over the board on each gate, I don't know what to believe.
I am a stay at home mom of six children. My youngest just turned three and is very active. In the afternoon, I have him and my 5 year old with me, alone... since the older kids are at school.
The family room is childproofed, and sealed off from the rest of the house (an open floor plan) with a large gate that is bolted to the walls. It's a Hearthgate which is made to go around fireplaces, but is good for use in the rest of the house as well.
My son is pretty tall for his age, and like I said... he's active. He's started to climb over the gate. In seconds, he can scale right over it and not miss a beat. This isn't an issue when I'm there... I can scoop him right back up and put him back in the family room and redirect him. But when I'm out of the room... ugh. Just now I went to the bathroom and came back to find him out. And in the three minutes he was out, he'd thrown books off of shelves, pushed buttons on the computer, and spilled water all over himself and the floor from the push-dispenser in the front of the fridge. Once I found him in my 13 year old daughter's room getting into her things... CD's, jewelry, etc.
Normal three-year-old stuff... I know this. He's number six after all. But he is, so far, the only kid I've had that has been able to climb over my safety gates at this young age. I've asked the five year old to let me know when he gets out of the family room, and she does... sometimes. But I feel like that shouldn't be on her shoulders either.
What I'm thinking about doing is getting one of those "toddler leashes" like this and securing it somewhere in the family room. Like perhaps to a chair or the linen closet doorknob... hooking him up to it when I have to leave the room, and unhooking him when I return. He wouldn't be restrained for longer than the few minutes it would take me to go to the bathroom or put laundry away or whatever, and I wouldn't use it when there were other people here capable of keeping an eye on him, like my husband or older children.
I hate the idea of doing something like that... but I am really at my wit's end with him and I don't know what else to do. What do you all think?
While I have baby proofed and sectioned off an entire room, my darling daughter who is 13.5 months old, has found one of the few things I can't really get rid of or change and has become obsessed with it. I use a laptop during the day and because my battery life is only one hour, I have to leave it plugged in. Unfortunately, there are no plugs to allow me to stash the cord behind the couch or otherwise out of her reach/sight. The problem is, she loves to play with the cord. I've tried various methods of getting her to leave it alone, from redirection, to stern talking to, gently leading her away and attempting to engage her in something else and even a tap on the diaper doesn't seem to dissuade her from her love of the damnable cord. If I step into the kitchen, or have to turn my attention away for even a moment, she goes straight for it. I'm at my wits end and would love some suggestions.
Is my only choice to possibly set up an extension cord so that I can plug it in behind the sofa?
- Current Mood: frustrated
We've set it up in our living room, which has hardwood floors.
My son has figured out that if he pushes on the SuperYard, it will glide perfectly on the floors, so it ends up being Cai (my bebe) and the SuperYard cruising around the living room, in search of Mumma (not that I'm too far off, just around the corner in the kitchen most of the time).
Any ideas on how to prevent / stop the cruising around? I mean, it's not the worst thing in the world since he can't get into too much harm or trouble with an entire SuperYard surrounding him, but it'd be nice to have him stay put in one spot.
Currently, our largest challenge is keeping him happily occupied in a space that is safe. We have a space our spare bedroom that’s great, but spending the whole day there is not always feasible. He's great at independent play, but his patience is short when he's hungry or tired.
The reason this comes up today... This morning, kiddo is hanging out just waking up, in bed with Dad while I'm getting ready for work. He wanted to play with the curtains, the painting hanging over our bed, or otherwise, non-baby toys. When pulled away from said non-baby toys, he cried. He kept crying, even though he was being held. After a few minutes of whiney cries it turned into all-out-sobbing. I stopped getting dressed to go back into the bedroom to see what the issues were.
My thoughts? He's a baby. 10 months. Crying is how he communicates. If he is frustrated he lets us know. However, he is also easily distracted. I've encouraged the substitution of age appropriate toys, but he also has a short attention span. He's also going through a lot of Mom-separation anxiety. I don't think that at this age when it turns into full on distress crying that comforting him is the wrong thing to do, and that I'm bound for a spoiled brat who will always get his way. He stopped crying immediately when Dad handed him over to me.
My partners thoughts? If we always respond to him when he cries now, he's going to learn that he can manipulate us by crying. We can't "give in" to his cries because he'll turn into a "brat".
What say you P101? What are your ideas on an appropriate age to not respond to a child's cries when you are not able to give them something they want?
I want to honor what my partner thinks and has to say because he’s a parent too. However, in this case, I don’t think right now, between teething, separation anxiety, or whatever else is going on at the moment, that picking up my 10 month old son when he cries is going to turn him into a spoiled heathen. But when do you draw the line?
Also my son likes to bang toys against the tv screen. My boyfriend has heard of a hard plastic screen that you can put over the screen to protect the screen from scratches. We have a 34 in flat screen tube tv if that makes a difference. I have seen the static cling ones but not large enough. But my boyfriend says that is not what he is talking about. Can any one help me out on this?
One more. I need a fire place gate. That is very adjustable in angles/ short panels. Also at a reasonable price. To fit around our fire place. Our living room is small and most of the gates I have seen would take up a heck of a lot of floor space(this is the room my son spends the most time in. So I would like to maintain as much floor space as possible). We have a gas fire place. That does not get hot and we don't use any ways(the gas is turned off so my son can't accidentally turn it on). The two main reason I want it blocked off is the black grout in the tile was never sealed and there for crumbles black over my son's hands when he touches it. I have the bottom tiles covered with a blanket(which will probably stay even after the gate goes around it). Plus he likes to bang things against the glass and I am worried about him breaking it. I don't have the time or money right now to scrape the grout out and redo it so, it can be sealed. And I really don't have the money to just take the fire place out Even though I would love too. So does any one have any suggestions for this? It does not have to be a fire place gate. Since we have no plans of turning the gas back onto the fire place. The thing uses way to much gas and produces way to little heat.
- Current Mood: annoyed
My nerves are fried.....absolutely fried.
We had our fourth choking incident today. Good god I can't believe this keeps happening!!
The first time he managed to bite off a huge piece of banana from Matt's plate while he wasn't looking and promptly got it so badly stuck in his throat that he turned blue and stopped breathing. Banana!! Of course, my heart stooped as well and I, panic stricken, scooped him up and turned him upside down. No luck. I then did the baby Heimlich. No luck. So I had to resort to shoving my finger way, way down his throat as well and fishing it out. We both then sat of the floor crying and shaking for about ten minutes:(
Then two days ago he pulled a bit of string out of a stuffed toy and tried swallowing that as well. A string!! Again he chocked severely. Again, I had to go in after it and reel it back out. Again we both sat crying and shaking in aftershock.
So I asininely cleaned, scoured, and vacuumed all of the house, then baby proofed, baby proofed and re-baby proofed everything in sight. But low and behold...the cat carried one of her toys into the living room where he could get to it and he quickly bit off a feather and tried to swallow it as well. Repeat of the chocking, fishing out and crying.
So tonight, he was cruising around the room and stopped in front of the radio. We have one like this. Well, while we were both watching him he reached up and, like an old pro, popped of a button an popped it in his mouth. He then began to choke. Cue another repeat of the horror and panic of the previous events. I didn't even entertain the thought that those buttons could be pulled out!!
I feel like I'm an awful parent who's going to kill my baby. But I also feel as though my house could be spotlessly clean and empty and that little guy would peel paint off the walls and choke on that! I can't take my eyes off of him. Every slight cough sends me running and trembling over him to see what it is.The park has become a frightening place as well has, well....everywhere else. I now look at every rock, every stick, and everything else as a possible death trap. I feel as though I can't enjoy a single moment of the day without being on terrified pins and needles. It just sucks! And I feel so very bad for him too. All he's trying to do is explore and test new things and he ends up in a traumatic circumstance. My poor baby.
Someone please tell me this is just a phase.......
- Current Mood: scared
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I know there are kits you can get that wrap around the spindle of the banister so you can drill into that, but the problem we are having is really with the other side. The handrail is so low that nothing fits underneath it. It also occured to me to come out past the handrail and get an extension or something so that I can do a 90 degree angle to attach it to the banister on the other side. The problem with THAT is; as you can see in the picture, the banister doesn't come all the way down - so I still end up with a gap that I'm not sure how to deal with.
So that's a really long rambling post that probably could have been shortened to a picture and 'any suggestions?'.
Any suggestions?? My little guy loooooves to climb and the free-standing gate that I keep there now isn't going to deter him for much longer.