- Wrap, bubble
- Tape, scotch or duct
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Safety: The Two Most Important Things You Need to Houseproof Your Child
As the twins have started becoming more mobile and more curious, I've had child safety on my mind. I keep hearing about this idea of "childproofing" your house, which would be great if it weren't the completely wrong approach. Not only is it impossible to make a house totally safe for (and from) your children; it is the wrong message to send them. Do we want them to think they can just alter their environment so that it accommodates them? Do we rope off the ocean so they won't be in danger of drowning? Do we level mountains so they will never fall? Of course not. So why should we alter our homes and give them a false sense of security and an erroneous notion of how to deal with danger? I'm not suggesting that we let them hurt themselves. But we can teach them to adapt to whatever environment they find themselves in by identifying perils, using common sense, and deploying the proper protective equipment.
In the case of houseproofing your child, here are the two most important things you need.
Not only is the bubble-wrap onesie impact resistant; it is also comfortable, stylish, warm, non-conductive, and buoyant.
Now that I have the twins' physical safety dialed in, I need to figure out what to do about the frightening realization that they seem to be headed down the road to becoming emo kids.
Cobra only wants to learn minor chords. Look how sad that makes her sister.
"I wear pink on the outside, but black is how I feel on the inside."