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Old 07-07-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Do your babies run free?

In your house, I mean Do you let your small toddlers all throughout your house, or do you keep them gated into safe areas/rooms?
I'm having trouble childproofing a big area in our house. We have a lg rock fireplace separating the kitchen and living room, and it's very child unfriendly. There's no way to gate it off or keep my 14 month old ds away from it. He currently has a large playroom with a baby gate to keep him in as well as his room which is also childproofed. I'm feeling like he's just in different "pens" around the house instead of him being able to follow me around, and I was wondering what others do. I only have one child, but I also have 2 cats and a dog so I have to keep him away from the litterbox area too.
Any suggestions on what I should do? Moving isn't really an option at this point, and we rent so we can't do renovations.
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You can't wrap a pen around the fireplace? Like an x pen?
Either that or just teach him to stay away from it. The only thing we ever baby proofed was the fridge.
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Re: Do your babies run free?

free but we really dont have anything "dangerous" we closed off rooms when she was a young toddler.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #4
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I love baby gates, child proofing, & constant supervision. That is all I have to say.
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Re: Do your babies run free?

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I love baby gates, child proofing, & constant supervision. That is all I have to say.
me too! Three boys 4 and under need all three.
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Re: Do your babies run free?

We have child-safe areas, but he's pretty much always in the same room as me or the adult watching him. If I tried to keep him in the living room while I cooked in the kitchen he would flip out. So I guess we focus more on keeping him within our sight (gates, shutting doors) and teaching him what he can do safely.

Can you wrap the fireplace with padding or a blanket or something to make it safer?
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Re: Do your babies run free?

When my own daughter was little, yes, I didn't gate anything off.

The daycare kids are gated off from the bedroom side of the house, but it's more to keep the dogs over there, than to keep the kids over here. Other than separating the house from bedroom to living space the daycare kids have run of the entire house. (over 2000 sq feet) and the backyard when the weather is nice.

But, the house has been pretty childproofed for 20 years, so there isn't really much that could be awful if they got into it. The worst thing they can do is mess up my dvd collection.
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Re: Do your babies run free?

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We only gate the front and back door if open, keep the bathroom door shut
pretty much this. Except instead of gating the front and back door, I have the front door lock so tight and hard to turn that their little hands could never get it unlocked.

Plus our house is tiny, so I hear everything. It's one story, so no stairs.

I don't baby proof. I never really have. I just constantly supervise. Either directly, or through listening and knowing where they are. I redirect, and when necessary, I discipline.

If they go into the kitchen, I know immediately b/c the kitchen is smack dab in the center of the house and is visible from every common area.

The bathroom is 2 steps from the kitchen down the hall, and is tiny.

Things in bedrooms aren't dangerous, and they aren't allowed in my bedroom (where there really isn't anything dangerous to get at, more like, I don't like peanut butter, or jelly, or chocolate on my sheets).

By the age of 1-2 y/o the kids know pretty unequivocally where they are allowed and not allowed.

Now, at my parent's house, there's a pool. And I check like a million times an hour to make sure the top chain lock is locked b/c drowning is very real here. If I had a pool, or some other serious concern (like fireplace bricks) I would take necessary steps to prevent them from hurting themselves, but my main objective would be what it always has been - supervise, redirect and, if necessary, discipline.
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My kids (ages 2 and 1) are allowed to run free. We keep bedrooms (other than their shared bedroom), bathrooms, and any other doors (back doors, laundry room door, etc) closed at all times. I never keep items in bottom cabinets and if I do we baby proof the cabinet door. Everything I don't want my kids to have access to is out of reach and/or sight.

Other than that my kids are allowed to wander/run around the house. They usually keep to their room or living room.
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