How do I keep my toddler away from the Christmas tree?

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Cory_loves_this_girl:  I was going to suggest something like this:

But when I looked around online, this idea came up, and is much more cute:

PS: I don’t have a child, just a cat who likes to climb the tree, and there is no stopping him, so let me know how whatever you try works out. 🙂 Merry early Christmas!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I know the first one looks like the tree is in time out or something. 🙁

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Since we have cats, we stopped hanging our breakable ornaments and we tie our tree off to the ceiling and nearby walls to keep it from falling should something happen.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

If toddlers are anything like cats, then I have two words for you: water gun. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Good luck I have a memory of my younger brother he must have been 2 and we had the glass bulbs that were passed down from our great grandma. He thought the red ones were apples. That was not a fun trip to the ear but makes a great story around Christmas now. So maybe no glass bulbs on the bottom part of the tree just in case?

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Use the important, expensive, and breakable ornaments in other parts of the home decor- not on the tree where the little one will get them. Mine had a big habit of shaking the three or leaning on it hard enough that some of the ornaments would fall off. Also just usual curiosity and trying to crawl under it was enough to shake some things loose. I’d also avoid anything heavy or sharp for the same reason. Making beautiful garlands up higher on mantles, or wreaths,  can still incorporate the nice ones without the worry. 

I also found that having him be a part of the decorating the tree process made mine be a lot more circumspect about hurting “their” ornaments. By the end he was pretty protective of his tree because he had been allowed to put things where he wanted them and saw how much mommy and daddy ooohed and ahhhed over it. For a lot of it he’d put them on and take them off and repeat- but really that  just led to some great and really cute memories. 

Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t like the second one because kids are smart what if the kid climbs on top of the boxes? 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yeah I was wondering about this this year.  I also have a 1 year old (1 yr 2 months) and I know he is going to try to get to the tree as he is so freaking mischievious beyond belief.  I like the the second idea alot as I do not have enough room for a gate.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Cory_loves_this_girl:  We did the first picture for our tree with our then 1 year old he left it alone. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My aunt once used her playpen. It kept the presents and falling needles contained (easy clean up!) Could decorate the pen too

 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sometimes with toddlers it’s just easier to use non breakable ornaments for a few years.

Another thing you could try is getting them their own little tree.

Or, hand the tree from the ceiling.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our DD is 15 months and a climber! We will tie the tree to the wall and not hang many ornaments where she can reach. The most important is we will tell her why she shouldn’t touch the tree. The earlier they learn the less headache next year!

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