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We're gonna need some taller shelves.

So, my nephew's started pulling himself up on counters now. He can reach right into the stove while we're cooking, grab himself a steak knife to play with, or just pull the pan of scalding grease right down on his head.

Worst case scenerios, to be sure. But I'm paranoid by nature.

Yesterday, we discovered that not all of our pills are in childproof containers. The good news is he wasn't interested in taking them himself. The bad news is he loves watching the dog eat things. Luckily, we caught them in the act, and were able to pull the dog away from this bounty of Advil before she seriously hurt herself. But next time, we might not be so fast.

So, here's what I'm thinking:
    Locomotion is bad. Children should not be allowed to move their limbs until maybe third or fourth grade. It just leads to trouble.


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Jul. 28th, 2003 02:44 am (UTC)
You know what school of child psychology I subscribe to? Pavlov.

He's a wee one. Reasoning with him is about as logical as reasoning with your car when it's brakes have gone out. My son had the same love of all things sharp and dangerous, so we used the 'loud noise' technique to keep him away from the kitchen.

One toe in, big loud NO! Worked great. Kid runs up to the edge and pulls a Wile E. Coyote, struggling to catch his balance before he treads on the dreaded tile.
Jul. 28th, 2003 06:53 am (UTC)
Worth exploring, definitely.

I'd really like to find a solution less jarring for everyone else, though.
Jul. 29th, 2003 07:26 pm (UTC)
Paronoia is justified with toddlers
Scary thing is, things like you mentioned can and DO happen. A few years back, when I was still working as a bank teller, my supervisor's daughter illustrated why you turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove. She reached up and pulled an entire pot of boiling pasta on herself. She is ok now, but she had 2nd degree burns which are very painful for a two-year old. Could have been MUCH worse.
Jul. 29th, 2003 11:26 pm (UTC)
We're always careful about turning the pot handle away. But, getting up on top of the stove means he can still reach it.

I'm thinkin' barbed wire along all the countertops...
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