Childproofing Open Spaces
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Childproofing Open Spaces
Help! Our kitchen, living room, stairwell and both front and back
doors are open to each other (no doors). Baby is getting to
crawling stage. I would prefer not to drill any holes into the
1912 craftsman woodwork.
Are there any very wide baby gates that don't require drilling?
Or are there other clever ways to block off large areas?
Ideas? Much thanks
First, ''baby proofing'' is NOT POSSIBLE any more than
''earthquake proofing'' is possible.
Think ''baby resistant'' ! And what is ''kid resistant'' will
change over time as ''baby'' becomes ''toddler'' becomes ...
and, then, in a twinkling, your concern will be what kind of
auto insurance is right for your young inexperienced driver.
BUT, today, right now, immediately, a playpen can reduce
anxieties, giving both you and baby some calm time while you
figure out how to do more ''baby resistant'' preparations.
We also had an open living room and purchased (used, in two
batches) pieces from the Friendly Toys Little PlayZone line.
I think at our peak we had 7 panels. They are thick plastic
and when you have at least four of them, they are
freestanding and very sturdy. We eventually used it as a
three-sided pen, with the fourth side being our couch. It
encompassed the entire living room. We affectionately called
it baby jail. The grownups would often sit inside too,
especially on the couch. We took it to the park a couple of
times for parties, too. It was nice having a baby-proof area
I could leave our son in while I went to the bathroom,
answered the phone, cooked, etc. nearby.
kind of miss baby jail
We had a similar set up, and used 2 sets of kidco safety
gates (they're awesome -- they come in segments that are
easily reconfigurable - 5 regular pieces + 1 gate piece
per set, I think.) They're not nearly as horrible-looking
as some (ours were black metal) and they're rtelatively
light but sturdy. We zip-tied them in some places
(bannister rail at edge of stairs) & in other places to
stable furniture, or wedged them in between same. Those
were super great, actually, cause we reconfigured several
times as our twins grew, and used them for things like
blocking off stereo equipment & Christmas trees. Last
time I looked, there were loads of those on Craig's List.
In addition, we got a couple of $20 tension-mounted
bamboo gates, from Target, I think, for blocking off the
kitchen island on occasion, or doorways, or for travel
(blocking off the bathroom in a motel, for example.) The
set-up won't make the cover of Architectural Digest but at
least your kids (& furniture) won't get damaged! Also,
you might just have to up the child-proofing in areas left
accessible, with the various padding options offered at
your local hardware store/Babies''R''Us, etc.
Lastly, I know there are childproofing experts that will
come to your house for a small fee and tell you what you
might need (& then you can decide what to do, and whether
or not to buy the stuff from them.)
Good luck to you!
Check out the North States Superyard .. You can find at Amazon and
Walmart. Available in plastic, metal, or wood. Buy the 2-panel extension
for a larger enclosure.
I don't think the open floor plan is very different from
anybody else's baby-proofing - in fact it's easier to keep
your eye on the tykes. My thoughts probably repeat earlier
posts on baby-proofing, and wont post because my post was too
long. We all baby-proof exterior doors (Christmas bells make
good alarms), kitchen cabinets, trash, knives, stairs,
everything. Have friends over to help you inspect.
Hope someone posts something that will help you with the
stairs while minimizing drilling into your nice woodwork.
There are stand-up barricades we use to discourage and
reinforce ''stay out of here'' but many are not perfect.
Drilling gates is usually done with stairs.
- hope this helps -
We use the Kidco configure gate and get several extensions
and have made a bit ''corral'' in our living room where we put
our baby's toys and books. We sit in there and play with her
often- and we'll keep the door to it open when we're close
by- but we can close the door if we need to take a quick
shower or leave the room for a few minutes. We let her crawl
around when we're there, but it's nice to have a safe space
for her to be in when needed. Good luck!
Mama to a new crawler, too
Our daughter recently started crawling. The space we tend to
spend the most time is our living room/dining room/kitchen - it
is just one open space. We would like to be able to partition
off part of the room for the baby to play in, safely. But, I
haven't seen any product that would accomplish this - the ''play
pen'' type things are too small for what we have in mind - and
we don't want to fence the room off in a permanent way - best
would be a barrier that could be moved around. Does anyone know
of any product or have ideas for how to (temporarily) partition
off part of a large open room for a baby play area?
There is a product we got at Babies R Us called Superyard
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004RA66/qid=1115398714/br=1-1/ref=br_lf_ba_1//103-9969298-1161436?v=glance&s=baby&n=540992). It is sectionalized (6 pieces out of
the box, you can get more if you need), so you can make it longer or
shorter to fit your needs. You can make it into a big pen, or stretch
it from one side of the room to another. We've been using it to keep
the baby away from certain pieces of furniture.
If I understand you correctly what you need is a stand alone corral type
fence. These things hold temselves up and create a corral so no need to
mount it to a wall or anything. Goto babiesrus.com and search for
Superyard XT for an example, it creates up 18 sq feet of space. They
also sell extensions. the babiesrus.com sight has over 166 customer
reviews on this product so you can get a good idea if this will work for
I would highly recommend the child proofer. We didn't know exactly how
to child proof our home and had them come out to take a look. They asked
us some questions over the phone then loaded up their van and came by.
After a quick assessment, they made some suggestions and did the install
right then. It only took about an hour to do everything. They are a
family-run business and are extremely professional and efficient. Their
web site is childproofer.com Suzanne
Have you considered getting a childproofing fence with a gate in it so
that adults can get through but baby can't? That's what we did with our
living/dining room. Warning: these fences and gates are VERY VERY
expensive (as in, possibly hundreds of
dollars) if you buy them new and have them installed by a professional
''childproofer.'' Therefore, buy one used from Craig's List and, if
you've got any friends who are contractors or carpenters, try to prevail
upon them to help you install it.
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