Tigerlilly Quinn: Child Proofing..

Friday, 20 June 2014

Child Proofing..

(Wilf at 18 months getting into the kitchen cupboards and offering me a 'beer'!)

I wrote a post around a year ago now on safety products for babies and how essential I though they were (which you can read here if you like). I was and still am torn between the idea of 'better safe than sorry' and the idea that we are wrapping our children up and not letting them experience the world.

I read a little into the idea of the 'Continuum Concept' whilst I was pregnant with Wilf. The idea suggests that we are inbuilt with concept of danger and that being the case babies and young children will be able to resist jumping from a large height for example. I actually found myself agreeing with a lot of the ideas behind this way of thinking and raising children but if I'm honest I'm not sure how much of it can be applied to the western world.

For example the babies being observed in the book are from a South American jungle and whilst they may not be throwing themselves off cliffs or down holes they also don't have sharp corners of coffee tables to contest with.

In our home we have medicines in cupboards and household cleaning products under the sink. Do we want to risk Wilf getting his hands on any of these items? Of course not, so we use a child lock on all dangerous cupboards. As a baby we had stairs gates due to our steep victorian staircase (in fact since removing them two of his little friends pretty much flung themselves down them on one rather weird playdate..proving perhaps that western toddlers do not know about the dangers of height!

We never ended up using reigns although I can certainly see their value and we still child lock our front garden gate as if we didn't I'm sure it would be the day Wilf ran out of the cup-de-sac and onto the busy road.

Child Safety week runs from the 23rd to the 29th of June and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and share advice on how they can be prevented. Throughout the week Betta Living are going to be sharing lots of content on how on child safety in the home. They also have a short survey you can fill out (with the chance of winning some Mothercare vouchers too)

What do you think? Is it always better to be safe than sorry or do we not give children enough freedom these days?

In association with Betta Living 

19 comments:

madamding said...

Stunning photography!

Mellissa Williams said...

Oh my I could eat him up as my mum would say, how gorgeous is Wilf! I remember having to put all the locks on the doors, it is so important to child proof your house.
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Agata Pokutycka said...

Wow, love the lamps on the tube.
Such a shame London doesn't have one like this.

kathrynsharman said...

I think this is my favourite Paris post because it just seems to sum up your whole trip. So, so lovely. You and Wilf look so cute as well. Thanks for showing those stylish Frenchies a thing or two ;-)

Kelly Rae said...

Yay! Paris. I love that we both took our trips to Paris so near eachother. I get to relive alot of moments our little family spent there through your photographs :) Thank You! Also what was your favourite macaron flavour while you were there?

hannah staveley said...

Stunning pictures have to say can't stop looking at the macaroons lol .x

Katherine said...

The apartment looks amazing, great situation too, will have to keep this in mind whenever we manage to go. Have loved your Paris posts.

Jess Howliston said...

Your little one is so cute! I think its really important to be sensible when thinking about child proofing and we shall certainly be doing some more child proofing once peanut is old enough to be getting up to no good lol as we did with my little boy who is now 5! x


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Eleanor Willock said...

I am an outdoors freedom mum, indoors not so much. All the cupboards are locked and sharp corners covered. Outdoors, I like her to go where she pleases and only stop her if it's sharp, poisonous or, obviously, animal mess!

abigail said...

These Paris posts are not helping my serious case of wanderlust I'm feeling at the moment!


We're lucky enough to have friends and family living in cities abroad so we've always stayed in apartments rather than hotels, and I love the feeling of nestling in a real neighbour hood and really seeing how people live their lives away from the tourist bits. I'd definitely stay in a apartment if I visited somewhere new, also for the fact that I love peering into peoples homes!

Zena's Suitcase said...

Wonderful pictures, they were a real trip down memory lane for me.

Lia Billimore said...

Aww, what lovely pictures! I love the last one of you - you look very Paris ;)

Victoria MyLittleLBlog said...

hm, i dont really know yet, well i will be over-protective Im sure but I guess in some cases until you child tried to do something naughty or didnt know how it can end up he\she will be trying to do the same thing over and ver

Globalmouse said...

Makes me desperate to go to Paris again...if only just for a few macarons!! Lovely photos and it looks like a brilliant trip. J'taime Paris!

Polly Davies said...

looks like you had a fabulous time - and how beautiful is Paris?!

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

You make me want to go back to Paris right this minute xx

Wild & Grizzly said...

I love all of these pics, they really capture Paris x

Laura Rocksteady said...

Beautiful photos - I don't think I could ever get board of look at photos from Paris. Thanks so much for leaving the link for the apartment, we are going to be there in Sept and this place looks lovely


Laura x

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

Oh! How nice all the Paris posts have been, thanks for sharing your time there with us. The apartment is so cute and it looks very well located, good score. I love your red skirt & stripes combo outfit! Btw, which was your favourite neighbourhood or view?

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