Mum explains why she thinks we go too far with baby proofing around the home.
Abby Plested, 23, has two children under the age of five and a beautiful home in Auckland, New Zealand, she shares with her husband Daniel.
Abby has a message for parents, ‘Don’t baby proof. Let them learn and they won’t do it again,’ she told Stuff.co.nz.
‘Sure there is a place and a need to baby proof some parts of your home however, I think you can get over the top with it,’ Abby went on to explain to Daily Mail Australia.
‘I have never put baby gates up in my home or stairs because I think it’s important for the baby to learn boundaries without these. Yes it means you have to watch your baby more but you are most likely doing that anyway.
‘For example I have cactus in my house and Houston touched it once and he will never go near them again. Trust me.’
However Abby is aware of the risks and one idea she does stand by is making sure all mirrors, cupboards and shelves are properly attached.
If these were to fall, particularly around children, it could prove extremely dangerous.
‘Everyone is different and parents have different lifestyles but I think that sometimes we can change our whole house style to suit kids but maybe it’s possible for them to be built into that style,’ she added.
The only piece of furniture she has steered clear of since having kids is a glass table.
‘I would love a glass coffee table but the hand marks would be unreal. The windows are dirty enough from our dog,’ she said.
What MoM says
I am actually more of a “prevent something before it happens” kinda mum. We had baby gates so our boys couldn’t get into the kitchen. I was always worried I would get distracted and then the unimaginable would happen. I would rather just play safe.
I wasn’t too fussed about locking cupboards or doors. Although I did have the door jam thingy, you know the one that stops the door shutting on little fingers.
Why put them at risk if you can prevent it? What do you think?
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