Monday, October 12, 2015
It is quite an adventure to be a mother of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Some little ones are so adventurous that it doesn't take long for them to learn to unhook the safety belt in their carriages and highchairs. They often like to climb on the backs of chairs, step on the shelves of bookcases and anything else that looks dangerous. This can certainly make a mother exhausted trying to keep him out of harm's way.
One clever mother I know could not get her toddler to take his afternoon nap. He would just run around and play, not staying in his bed. She tried putting him in his carriage. Here he was securely buckled with the safety belt, snuggled with his baby blanket, and given a little cup of juice and a snack of crackers. He was delighted. He rarely ever fell asleep, but he did lay down and enjoy his snack for a reasonable amount of time so both he and his mother were able to get some rest. This mother did this every day at the same time each day. The young one got used to the routine and was happy for his snack and rest time. One day, however, the little genius learned to scoot in the carriage and make it move despite the locked wheels. He found a way to get into trouble this way! His mother started to put blankets securely around the wheels and that stopped him from moving it. Every day for her was an adventure in seeing his mischief and finding a way to make him safe. It was almost comical!
Some adventurous toddlers know how to climb up on their safety gate in their playrooms. Some have been seen to slither under them to freedom, or climb on them and jump causing them to get hurt. But that doesn't stop them. They just smile and start running to get into mischief. Have you ever had a child like that? Obviously the baby gate is designed to keep the child safe, in a baby safe room. This room would have all his toys and fun (safe) things for him to do. But for him to escape could lead to danger - such as a set of stairs, a wood stove, or the kitchen. One solution might be to set up two baby gates one over the other. And, of course, set the bottom one as close to the floor as possible so the child cannot sneak under it.
I have seen one child who, as soon as he finished his lunch, he would unhook his highchair tray, throw it on the floor, and climb down to play. His mother had to watch him closely, notice when he was just about tired of eating, and clean off the tray before he threw it! She was in awe of his energy and antics! But she was right on top of things, always figuring out a way to outsmart him. Or be one step ahead of him.
If you have a child like one of these - adventurous, a sort of Houdini, a sometimes unruly baby, you are in for the excitement of your life. Give that little one lots of hugs, plenty of love, laughter, and lots of opportunity to run and play and to get out his energy. Most likely he will sleep beautifully at night and you will get some rest.
From the Archives -
A Precious Calling - Nothing in the World to do But Rock Babies.
You can do it! - Housekeeping with a Will.
Some ideas - Ten Children and Housekeeping.
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- "Old Fashioned Motherhood - baby and child care advice from a New England Housewife."
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