Saturday, October 21, 2006

Day 243 - Renovating

Today's first time parenting tip - Make sure your house is well ventilated during renovations

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to be working on your house while you've got an active, exploring baby, be prepared for stress. Work sites are not baby-friendly at all. Between the paint, nails, wood splinters, tools and countless other fun, sharp toys babies want to play with, good luck keeping them safe.

Since they always want to seem to play with the most dangerous thing available, it's probably a good idea to keep junior away from the band saw. In the meantime, to help with safety, keep one room, ideally his, untouched from the work so that he has a haven to go play, sleep and eat while you work.

Otherwise you're going to need three pairs of eyes just to keep vigilant over your child. And if you're painting, sanding or cutting anything, keep some windows open and do as much of it outside as possible. Paint fumes, dust and wood chips are not good for anyone's lungs.

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