If you are a parent, or spend much time with babies and toddlers I don’t need to explain the title of this post at all. Here are my 7 Tips for Christmas Childproofing, hope they help you this holiday season! I am sure each and every one of you have been through the struggle of the Christmas tree, and decorations with little ones running around. I am so excited to share these with you. Do you take additional measures? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!
Elevate a Miniature Tree – This is probably the #1 smartest decision when you have little ones who will try to play with the tree and ornaments…or even worse, try to eat them! We have a tree up on top of the entry table this year and will be putting out gifts the day of!
Block off the tree area – If you just can’t let go of your normal sized tree while you have mobile babies or toddlers, I’d suggest blocking it off somehow so they can see it but they can’t do any damage. A baby gate like this one would be the perfect solution if you have the tree in a corner or area of the room you’d like to keep out of reach.
Keep your presents in a different area – You may be lacking the warm fuzzies when you look under the tree and don’t see any gifts there, but trust me when I say it would be better to have them in a safe place than destroyed by the kiddos! Especially if you have toddlers that will open the gifts, or take them around the house. Especially if you have breakable gifts in those boxes.
Stocking holders are your worst enemy – You would probably be best off to sack these all together for a few years, but if you must, you might want to consider just using tape to attach the stockings for looks until Christmas morning at least. That way you don’t have to keep toddlers away from the stockings all month long to keep from getting a goose egg. Or, again, use a gate around this area!
Put other decorations on tables/up high – The best decorations you can get are ones that can go on the table tops, or hang up around the house. Not only to keep away from your little ones, but also for cleaning! The decorations that are big and bulky that take up room on the floor will only make it that much harder to clean before and after those inevitable holiday gatherings.
Vacuum right after you put up the tree and finish decorating – The last thing you want is to find a hook to hang an ornament hanging out of your child’s mouth! Or find those tree pieces in their stool, HAHA! Putting up the tree (and taking it down) as well as unpacking other holiday decorations usually leaves a trail along the floor, so be speedy to get it cleaned up to avoid any crazy scenarios such as your child eating a Christmas bell or small ornament!
Watch your children at other houses – You can bet if your tree is out of reach for your children at home and you go to a friend or family members house and they can get to the tree, they will be in heaven! Be careful since you will be used to them being so easily guarded while at home. They will be that much more excited when they can get to one!Make sure to follow Artsy Mama Bear on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, or subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter! :) This post may contain affiliate links, read our Disclosure Policy for more information.