Thursday, September 28, 2006

Day 220 - Play yard...not playpen

Today's first time parenting tip - For solo-play, put babies in a play yard, not a play pen

What's the difference, you ask? Pinched fingers, skin and a choking hazard, that's what. We all probably remember those accordion-style play pens that expand out to a large area with diamond shaped sides. They allow for lots of room, but they end up being a hazard, especially for babies that can stand, cruise and walk. They can lose their balance very easily and end up wedging they're neck in between the diamonds.

If anyone knows of a safe solution to the big playpen, feel free to let me know. As a replacement, travel play yards are great for keeping your baby in check outside, at houses other than your own, etc. With a few toys they're nice little contained play areas, and they let a baby that is able to stand to practice pulling himself up and cruising fairly safely.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just made the house baby safe and put a baby gatge to keep him out of the area i didn't want him in. when i have to leave the room for a few minutes, he goes in the graco playpin that has some intersting safe toys. then i can go pee without worring if he is going to get hurt.

8:34 AM  

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