(Closed) Moms of mobile infants/toddlers: Real or fake Christmas tree?

posted 4 years ago in Home
  • poll: Real or fake tree?
    Real tree : (9 votes)
    60 %
    Fake tree : (6 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 2
    6103 posts
    Bee Keeper

    LadySmurph:  My daughter is 10 and half months and is mobile and can walk several  steps at a time. For this year we just used the trusty tree I had in college.  It’s a fake tree that maybe about 2-3 feet tall and it sits on top of a dresser.  If it was on the floor she would just pull it over and try to eat it.  If it was on a lower dresser, she would just pull it off and try to eat it.  I’m sure next year we’ll have to do the same thing but on a different even higher dresser or just explain to her that it’s not a toy.

    Post # 3
    7594 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have two kids who are beyond eating random things now- but we always have had a real tree.

    Post # 4
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    LadySmurph:  I’ve always gotten real and invested in break proof ornaments.

    Post # 5
    9755 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have a 7mo old who crawls around and 2 very onery cats.  I’m totally skipping a tree this year.

    Post # 6
    11635 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We always had a real tree growing up.  I was 9 when my brother was born so remember his first Christmases pretty well – we just had the tree tied to the wall with eye hooks and fishing line so he couldn’t pull it over and just made sure that anything breakable was up out of his grab zone.  All the lower ornaments were ‘baby safe’.  The bottom of the tree was rather bare. 

    Post # 7
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    At that age, I did a real tree, but it was a 3 foot tall one that I put on a table out of reach. It was also decorated with unbreakable ornaments, just in case.

    Post # 8
    335 posts
    Helper bee

    I think a real tree could work if you baby-proofed it,  but fake is much more convenient and economical.

    The first Christmas together my Darling Husband and I bought a super expensive fake tree.. and used it ever since! (And thats quite a few years) so I always advocate a good quality fake. 

    Post # 9
    3104 posts
    Sugar bee



    Fake all the way. First off, they dont know the difference nor do they care.  Secondly, much less clean up and they actually last (unlike real).

    Post # 10
    2639 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

    LadySmurph:  That depends…

    Would you like your baby’s poo to be pine scented, or no?

    I jest, of course. I think that either way can be perfectly safe and fine, but you will likely want to block off the bottom of the tree with a baby gate or similar to prevent pulling off pine needles, ornaments, and accidental opening of gifts.

    Post # 11
    2837 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    LadySmurph:  It doesn’t matter if the tree is real or artificial- the decor matters more when it comes to smaller kids.

    We’ve always done a real tree, and when DS was younger, we did a couple things- no breakable ornaments where he could reach.  I also found this nice looking balls that looked like glass but they were plastic- so we used those all over the tree for a couple years.  It was cool because it was difficult to tell if they were plastic or glass until you touched them.  

    The cat has caused much more trouble when it comes to the Christmas tree than DS ever did!

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