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Advanced Baby Proofing Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 September 2006

  I already posted today’s regular entry (see below), but I have to jot this mommy tip down while I’m thinking about it. I know, I did a slew of babyproofing entries several months ago when kiddo became mobile. But she’s recently grown, which means she stands taller in her crib, which means she can now turn the light in her room on and off. And on. And off. And on. The only thing that gives it away, as a matter of fact, is her breathy laughter on the baby monitor as she tries to do it quietly and not draw attention to herself.

Or the light cutting in and out under her door.

So after a huge Internet search I finally found a baby lock for light switches. Apparently there’s not a big market for them, since most sites had gadgets to make light switches more accessible to toddlers. I shudder. At any rate, if you’ve got a kiddo who can reach a light switch, or if you want to baby proof a danger area like the switch to the garbage disposal, here’s the tool for you – the Safety First Switch Lock Guard.

We got it, installed it, love it.

Maddie hates it.

Just wanted to pass it on to you . . .

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Don't Fence Me In Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 June 2006

When I mentioned all the babyproofing we did throughout the house a few months ago (see this blog and this blog), I forgot to talk about one room – our family room. We’ve got one space that is multi-purpose in the extreme: it’s Brian’s 9-5 office, my desk area, our “guest room”, the wrapping paper/craft area, and the party room replete with disco ball, twinkle lights, a Playstation 2 and multiple remote controls. I took one look at its plethora of extension cords, surge protectors, and exposed bulbs and knew babyproofing the area would be hopeless.

I wanted to be able to bring her in there, though, since I use the computer regularly and need to be able to be hands-free in that room. So I came up with the only solution I could think of – corral the kiddo. 

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Baby Proofing Products Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
Now that we’ve got a few months under our belts as a baby-proof (ish) house, I feel ready to pass on to you what items have worked and what haven’t. Keep in mind that she’s cruising – walking while holding on to furniture – but not solo walking, which means that we’ll need to do another round of tightening up, I’m sure, as she becomes more self-sufficient (read: devious and able to get into things on her own).

First, baby gates. We got the Safeway Walk-Through Gate for our top-of-stairs position.

Confession time: we have not yet installed it.

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Mommy's Little Sous Chef Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 May 2006
I’ve always enjoyed cooking. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’ve always enjoyed baking (and the results that come with it). I assumed as a mom I’d be out in full force as Master Cook, chopping and steaming and dicing up nutritious and delicious meals for my little family. I had the Betty Crocker image in my head, except with a way cooler apron.

The reality picture’s been a bit different.

When Madeleine was first born, dinners consisted of whatever people brought us, whichever frozen dinner was closest to the freezer door, or wherever delivered pizza or Chinese the fastest. I knew it was for a short season and had anticipated not being able to get much homemade food those first few weeks unless it was made by someone else, and I was right.

As Maddie started counting her age in months rather than weeks I began to get my feet underneath me a bit more and felt I could approach simple meal preparation. Madeleine was happy as a clam in her Baby Bjorn carrier while I worked in the kitchen, puttering around with short recipes. But then came the day around four months old when she became more aware of her surroundings and reached for the pretty shiny thing.

Also known as a knife.

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Safety Patrol Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 April 2006
 A few years ago my girlfriend Abby and I got together at a friend’s house for some introspective girl time. Abby’s first son Isaiah was maybe a year old and she was enjoying a rare afternoon off from chasing an active boy. We were sitting on the floor of our friend’s apartment talking about weighty matters and fell into a comfortable, contemplative silence. I turned and looked at Abby, who was staring deeply at the floor.

“What are you thinking?” I asked, certain she was going somewhere great.

She blinked slowly. “I’m thinking,” she replied, “that there’s a penny on the floor and it’s a choking hazard.”

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