Toddlers are a curious sort. Loren is no different. Like most parents, I cringe at the inevitable therapy bills I’m mounting for myself as a result of constantly repeating the same commands – all day, every day, over and over and over again. “No touch! No Touch! Please, for the love of god, no touch…”
While the below TV stand skirt Natalie made tends to slow him down a bit, it isn’t fool-proof. The idea here was that we needed something to at least deter Loren from messing with the DVD player and other electronics under the TV stand. As it was before, anytime he happened to notice the DVD player he was on it – which was often. He’d begun pulling it off the shelf, where it would then dangle by the wires. He’d even managed to press the “eject” button from time to time. No doubt, he would eventually break the DVD tray off, effectively ruining the device. It was just a matter of time.
Now, not so much. As you can see, he still finds his way under there from time to time. But with the skirt in place it is no longer the constant battle it once was. And for the price of cheap Ikea fabric and some staples, you really can’t beat it. Still better? The DVD remote works through the fabric – so there is no need to pull it up in order to control your player. Very cheap, very easy fix. Well, an easy almost fix.
In “baby proofing” our place, we’ve taken up the goal of doing whatever we can to not set ourselves up to fail. If there is something at baby eye-level that is obviously going to attract his interest (like an electronic device with buttons and lights), I’m either going to get rid of it, move it, lock it away, or hide it. I have no interest in playing the “no touch” game all day long when I know that every fabric of Loren’s being is telling him “I must touch this thing.” It’s a waste of my sanity, and contrary to what some may say, it’s not worth the fight. He’s learning to listen to me, slowly but surely. Choosing to avoid these conflicts over every single thing in the house isn’t delaying this process. It’s helping me preserve the energy for bigger, more important fights – like when he pushes on the television (which he is doing as I type this, I kid you not).by