A Baby Safe Christmas to All!

By December 8, 2010My Life, Parenting, Safety

There is no way in hell with 3 kids 4 and under we could put something

1.  Flammable

2.  Covered in glass and death by choking on ornament thingies

3.  Wrapped in electrical wires with a pool of water on the bottom

on our floor .

If you can manage it, more power to you.  Also, please check your smoke alarm battery and bone up on the Heimlich maneuver.  Just in case.

Our tree is up off the ground at at only $12.00 reaches almost the full 10 feet of our ceiling.  I also had less light strands to battle with and fewer ornaments to find a place for.   Those light strands are my nemesis people.  My arms are all scratched up just from this!  Also, clever present storage underneath.  I am putting a table skirt on today and they will be fully hidden from the kiddos.

It’s a win win win.

Have any Christmas tree horror stories that forced you into a new plan?  Let me know!  I love to hear how others were unable to handle toddlers around a tree covered in flammable needles with electricity running through it and water in the bottom.  Just makes my day!

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  • Angie says:

    OK, this is hysterical! And obviously practical. And will probably keep you sane over the next few weeks. We only have one (child) … who is about to turn one, and my husband tried to convince me that we needed to put our tree up on a table. (But ours is fake and 6 feet tall). And while I didn’t elevate the tree, I did barricade it using various pieces of furniture, so our little one hasn’t destroyed anything yet! Cute post!
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  • I honestly had no idea this was even a thing.

  • Cynthia says:

    We have a mini Christmas tree on our fire mantel. Far far far out of our 3 year old. Well, of course he could use a chair and climb for it but he rarely does it. I think I’ve learned early on with him that I couldn’t have anything nice. So I don’t even bother trying to have a Christmas tree. I once tried hanging Christmas cards along the fire mantel and of course he ripped them all down (this was at the age of 2). Oh well.

  • I always wondered how that worked with young kids– seems like so many hazards for something that is supposed to bring joy! Wise choice.

  • That’s the kind of tree we have! My girls have very busy fingers, and our cat is an instigator. Maybe not the most grand of trees, but it works for us!

  • I’m with Scary Mommy!! I NEVER understood how kids (and pets) didn’t destroy the tree. This seems like such a good idea!!!
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  • taytay says:

    britty! mom had 4 kids under the age of 5 and we always had a christmas tree! it just changes everything! since when are we so overly careful of everything. if i were gonna be home for christmas i would certainly miss having the big tree with lots of presents! christmas here is strange, all bikinis and beaches no one even really talks about it doesn’t feel like it’s coming up at all. i miss you!

    • Brittany says:

      Tay tay we have a christmas tree surrounded by presents. It is over 9 feet tall on that table. Just talked to mom and she said that our ages were different (being babies still at Christmas) and that she did not put the presents out a month before Christmas. I decorated the whole house for mom and I think you would feel right at home. And hey sis – do you read my blog….I am so not the overly careful parent. No worries there.

  • Theta Mom says:

    So smart…we have our fake tree on the floor but gated in our living room so my little one can’t touch unless I am in there and watching her every second.

    She likes to rearrange every ornament she can reach. 🙂
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    • Brittany says:

      I know you gotta do something! I have such problems with gates and kids trying to get over them that I have given up. I also actually don’t even have room for a full tree in the room just due to the small floor space in the corners so this is perfect for us!

  • amber says:

    Ours is on the floor, but the bottom third is completely undecorated. So far its going okay, but I make no promises that we’ll get through the whole season with it up.

  • Stacia says:

    One word: pre-lit. Okay, two words: pre-lit. Hallelujah! =>
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  • Looks familiar! We only have one toddler in the house and right before we went out to buy a big tree, he disassembled all of the ornaments on our little tree. So now, looks like we’ve got yet another year with the 4 footer. It’s all good because we’ll be leaving for 10 days to see family soon.
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    • Brittany says:

      Yes it’s alwasy better for me to avoid the frustration and heartache of decorating a huge tree to have it taken apart piece by piece by a toddler! Soon enough we w will both be able to move on up. But for now our kids are safe and we are happy and it’s not the tree that makes the holidays!

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