Our first son rarely got into anything he shouldn't have. It was our second son that made us take baby proofing to a whole new level. By the time our third son came around, we didn't think we could be surprised anymore. We were wrong.
Most of these things aren't safety considerations. What they are is sanity considerations. As in, your sanity could be greatly compromised if you need to wash a Sharpie marker scribble off the kitchen floor again!
|Might want to keep this off the floor through the toddler years. Photo courtesy of Alvimann at Morguefile.|
1. Sharpies - Really, really hard, if not impossible, to remove, depending on the surface.
3. Staplers - After buying several new staplers because the resident toddler broke them all, I finally learned to keep it out of reach.
4. Scissors - What has your toddler cut? One of ours cut his hair, the living room curtains and my handmade quilt.
5. Double-sided sticky tape - Even the carpet cleaning pros couldn't get that off my living room rug.
6. Vaseline - Have you ever had to clean gobs of it off a coffee table? What about out of hair?
7. Diaper ointment - See above.
8. Chapstick - Those little tubes are expensive and they get rolled all the way up and broken every time.
10. An older sibling's homework - That was not a good night. There were tears. There was screaming. And a lot of scotch tape was used.
11. Dog & cat food - Anyone else's toddler enjoy a snack out of the pet dishes?
12. Telephones - The ease of push button phones makes for a few, random 911 calls. One of my kids did this. We never let any of them play with phones, cell or otherwise, afterwards.
13. Honey - See number 6.
14. Car keys - We had to cancel plans one afternoon because my car keys were M.I.A.
15. Wallets - It's embarrassing to stand at the grocery check out and realize your debit card is not where it should be. If you're lucky, it'll turn up with a frantic search within a few minutes. If not, you'll find it in your couch cushions later in the day.
16. Baby wipes - Not a major inconvenience, but those things are expensive.
17. Checkbook - Keep it out of little hands only if you like to be able to read your ledger.
18. Garbage - This has actually never happened to us, but I've heard of other parents catching their toddler as he pops a tasty morsel from the garbage into his mouth.
19. Bubble stuff - OK, I know this is for the kids. But, whose toddler hasn't dumped an entire new bottle of bubbles on the lawn? If you don't have a spare (which you'll hold this time around), there will likely be tears. Probably from both of you.
20. Your toothbrush - A lot of moms wouldn't mind if their little one used their toothbrush. If it doesn't set off your germaphobe alarm bells, that's fine. Just don't turn your back on him. It may get dipped somewhere else. Like in the toilet. Or the pet's water dish.
I can laugh about this stuff now. My youngest is 3, almost 4, and isn't as impulsive as he was a year or so ago. Still, I'm not giving him my phone or the stapler anytime soon.
What have your toddlers done?