I was just informed that I can’t bring Jello squares to Cate’s preschool for her birthday celebration. The children with summer birthdays are all getting to chose a day at the end of the year for their fake birthdays. And let me just say a bit about this. On one hand I say yay. They are only four. They have seen all of the other kids who had birthdays during the school year get to make a birthday necklace and sing happy birthday and have their parents come in and read to the class. So it’s only fair they get a day. On the other hand, I say, no way. Some kids have birthdays in the summer and some kids have birthdays during the school year. When yours is during the school year you get
cupcakes a birthday necklace and a story. When yours is in the summer you don’t have to go to school, you get a long sunny day, you get vacation. Not every kid gets every thing. And every child is not entitled to everything. However, all of the children are doing birthday days so I relented. Also, it happens to be my week for bringing snack to school. I thought jello squares would be fun for Cate’s fake birthday. I was told they are too sugary. This. To me. Is too much.
Once our children are four, they should be allowed a little jello, I say. No peanuts. No gluten. No dairy. Just a little squishy fun. Heck, I’ll make it with unflavored gelatin and fruit juice if I have to. At a certain point, I kind of feel it’s time to let go. But what is safe for our preschoolers, is so much murkier than what is safe for our babies. Where to draw lines becomes so much less clear. The lines themselves are fuzzier.
We still have most of our childproofing around the house. But it’s all starting to look dingy and worn. Bean towers above corners that still have protectors on them. She knows how to open cabinet protectors. Half of the outlet covers have been removed so we can plug in the vacuum. And the rice cereal and applesauce have been supplemented with some…jello. And for me that’s okay.
But. Oh what a different story for you Mamas of babies and toddlers. Part of me misses those days. When it was clear that everything, absolutely everything, was to be controlled by me, and the most important mission of any given day was to ensure the health and safety of my little Bean. Things were clearer then, in a way. Not necessarily easier. But clearer.
Child proofing for babies and toddlers is no joke. Those of you with climbers, already know this. The dangers for babies and toddlers go way beyond sugary snacks, and unfortunately, outlet covers and corner protectors aren’t enough. Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st, has compiled a list of other childproofing and child safety tips that you may not have thought of. I wanted to pass a few of them along to you. And then, since we’re celebrating birthdays and all, there will be a giveaway.
- In the city, we get notices every year to make sure that we have window locks and guards to prevent falls. But hey you suburban Mamas, the second floor is pretty high too and it’s open-the-windows season. Make sure your locks work and you have window guards.
- Keep an eye out for toy stacking under the windows. Kids are desperate to peek/climb out your now very secure windows. Watch out they aren’t creating a Mount Everest of nesting blocks beneath the windows.
- Watch out for those little monkeys scaling your furniture and TVs. Lots of kids are very seriously injured when they pull over furniture and (gulp) flat screen TVs on to themselves. Use Flat Screen TV locks and furniture anchors to prevent this tragedy.
- If you’ve kept them from climbing the world, they may then try to eat it. Anything that will fit inside a toilet paper roll is a choking hazard.
- Use oven locks and remove dish towels from the oven doors. Kids can pull on those dish towels, opening the doors and whomping themselves. Not to mention–the hot oven! Also consider clear view oven knob protectors to keep the kids from turning on the burners or the oven accidentally.
- Toilets and front-load washers are also attractive nuisances. How fun to see which toys float! Consider toilet and washer locks, or just keep the bathrooms and laundry room (laundry room? what’s that?) off limits using door knob covers.
- Cabinet locks are also a must.
- BUT, with all of this locking and latching and unstacking…remember to allow your kids to have some areas they are allowed to play! Consider a basket of tupperware and pots and pans in the kitchen that your kids can crawl into, empty and play with as much as they’d like! A safe zone can be a happy zone!
Ready to make your house secure for baby? Years away from the jello debate? One lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win a Safety 1st childproofing kit to make to help make this summer super fun and super safe. And while you’re at it, whip up a jello parfait. Top it with some Cool Whip. You’ll be glad you did!
So what’s in the Prize Pack? One lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will receive a prize pack of items from Safety 1st to Babyproof and Toddlerproof her home! This prize includes The Safety 1st Essentials Childproofing Kit, The Furniture Wall Straps, and the Pro-Grade Window Lock in a 2-Pack. Want to enter? Read on!
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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Thursday May 24th and ends on Thursday June 7th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after, Random.org will select the winner and I’ll email them immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!
And do let me say, for the record, that we LOVE Bean’s school. Love love love it! We just wish they could have jello squares.
Update! We have a winner! Random.org says “ 1 ” – Congratulations Karen! Thanks to everyone who entered!