Monday, April 4, 2011

Got Yardstick?

Toddler-proof.
This is my house.
Once, I used to grab a fork and knife and think nothing of it.
Now I have to think.
Struggle.
Curse.

This contraption was a last resort, and it works.
At first we just used a yardstick.
Perfect, until the twins learned how to slide it up out of the drawer handles.
Next, I put Ikea bag clips in between the handles, clipped around the yardstick. Again, it worked until they figured out the darn clips.

Here is the final product.   Totally twin-proof!!
Sure, it takes me 3 minutes to get a teaspoon, but the boys are safe, and my utensils stay off the floor.

Next is the entertainment center.
Looks pretty classy, eh?
(By classy, I mean trashy, but again...it works)
Cardboard, painters tape and plexiglass. Oh my!
As much as I'd love my boys to stay little forever, I can't wait until they are old enough to understand what don't touch means.


 What innovative twin-proofing ideas have you come up with?

4 comments:

  1. Girl I know how you feel. We had to twin proof our house. Your yardstick made me laugh. We did the same thing. It works really well.

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  2. It does get better...I promise!!! Hang in there.

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  3. I did the yard stick thing, too, but used a broom instead. Wish I had been clever enough to twin proof my entertainment unit. Instead, my husband and I decided that one evening we should just smash all the things that we love and cherish! We never got around to doing that, but my girls have done a great job at destroying our home. Sigh.

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  4. We outfitted our entire house in tot locks. We even figured out how to put them on the drawers. Best.Decision.Ever.

    My boys are almost 3 1/2 and we are still sporting cardboard over our fireplace. It's been that way since they learned to crawl at 5 months. I don't even notice it anymore, but new people always get a chuckle out of it.

    As for the entertainment center we gave up. We have instead taught the boys how to work the buttons on the DVD (push the triangle button to start the movie. Push the two lines when you need to go potty) as they lost the DVD remote and we are too lazy to get up 27 times to pause, start, pause, start. And on a bright side they have learned how to work the tivo just as well. They don't even need me anymore to turn Veggie Tales on. It's working out nicely.

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