It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!
I’ve been having this little dilemma for a few weeks now, basically ever since we moved into the apartment. We had our old place MM-proofed top to bottom, almost mockingly so – it was locked down, he was safe and all was well. The new apartment has meant new safety concerns that we’d yet to encounter, simply because of a different set of doors, drawers, etc. New stuff = new methods of keeping him out. We’ve done pretty well but there’s this one area that we have yet to figure out a good answer for. And there’s a time limit for how long we have to make a decision. The problem? Baseboard heaters – see exhibit A:
Basically, MM is convinced that the baseboard heater is his personal step stool for looking out the window. Never even mind the whole fact of it probably not being sturdy enough for the task in the long run, it’s a baseboard heater. Come winter this could pose a serious problem in the form of burns! So we yell at him when he does it, but he honestly doesn’t get what the problem is. And we have a new little one coming who could definitely be crawling by this winter.
They don’t appear to make anything to “baby-proof” these heaters because covering them is a fire hazard, etc. yadda yadda. Most people recommend placing furniture in front of them. But I have a small problem with this idea – it’s right next to his closet – a small piece of furniture would mean not being able to open half the closet. My husband’s idea is to put up a baby “yard” like we have put around our Christmas tree in years past, but that will also block the closet and I can’t help but think MM would just consider that a challenge, like, “I dare you to climb over me…” I don’t know. I don’t like either idea but I also don’t like the idea of my children getting third degree burns from the baseboard heater.
So I’m asking:
- Have you dealt with baseboard heaters & child proofing before? What did you do?
- If not, how would you child proof this space if the situation came up?
- Anybody have a child who has actually been burned by a baseboard heater? How bad was the burn? Maybe I’m asking myself for extra paranoia here, but I would like to know what I’m dealing with, realistically speaking, you know?
- Last question: What is / was the hardest space in your home to baby proof (or would be if you had children)?
- Bonus [read: completely unrelated] Question: Which celeb death this week caught you most by surprise / saddens you the most? Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett or Michael Jackson?