Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Babyproofing, part 2

Our house is a bilevel house, which makes it immensely difficult to air condition & heat. Last summer, I bought a window air conditioning unit; keeping the bedroom cool and comfortable for my pregnant wife. Over the past few days, as the temperatures soared somewhat north of a hundred degrees, I've spent quite a lot of time in that room. It's the only room in the house that is a reasonable temperature.

Normally, when The Boy is in the bedroom, he stays on the bed. He comes in with us, we lay on the bed with him, and he sleeps. That's about it. We haven't done any babyproofing in the room, so The Boy & I went about it the old-fashioned way: I put him on the floor, and whenever he went for something that he shouldn't, I fixed it.

Not that there was that much, mind you. There was dirty laundry, in three piles (laundry day, you know?), which was fun for him. There was a handful of shoes on the floor, which I put away because I don't want him chewing up the laces. There was some open outlets, which were plugged with plastic pieces. My wife had some magazines on top of her dresser, which The Boy got ahold of; it's amazing what a determined 9-month-old will get into, when he desires.

The greatest challenge is what to do with the power cords, in general. Cords are like crack for the baby. He goes for them at any opportunity that he has; this is not a great things, for obvious reasons. That's the only bit that I haven't figured out yet. I'm going to order this, to see if it works for him. I've seen "cord shorteners," which wouldn't work for The Boy; he just yanks on the cords because it's fun, and that yanking is the issue.

I think the ultimate babyproofing is to just pay attention to what's going on with the baby. When he starts to go for things that he shouldn't, I stop him and move him away. When he goes for it again, I stop him and move him away from the thing. It's the only foolproof way to actually make sure that he stays safe that I can tell.

Any suggestions for the power cord thing?

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