Creative Baby Barriers and more
As a mother, I want my little guy to explore and learn and be free to play, but not all over the
house. I feel he needs freedom and room to play and grow, but not too much. For instance, the
kitchen is not really a place he needs to be playing in right now, especially since he already
dumped the cat’s water dish all over himself and the floor. The obvious solution is a play gate but
the nice ones that are large and adjustable are not cheap.
During a hectic day when he would not stay put for more then a second I had a sanity saving, light
bulb moment…the ottoman! The wide ottoman that matches our furniture fit perfectly in the
entry gap into our living room. I was saved, I didn’t have to go and spend money getting a gate. To
my delight the ottoman also worked in the doorway to our family room as long and the pocket
doors were shut a little on either side.
The same desperate creativity that turned my ottoman into a gate has spurred other homemade
creations. One day when my little man was just not interested in any of his toys and growing
rather disgruntled I brought out the buttons. I have a large stash of craft buttons, which are big
and bright and should never be used on any garment…the perfect baby toy. I strung some big
buttons on a piece of string and made a rung of buttons, which were a hit. The next toy found me
rummaging through my pantry for dry beans while holding a baby food jar. I dropped a handful of
beans into the empty jar and behold I had a rattle that resembled something he wasn’t normally
aloud to have.
I am learning that most often babies don’t need expensive things to be happy. They want room,
interesting things to play with and love. So with my ottoman gate, my baby food rattle, buttons
and a few other things, I have created a safe, interesting play room…at no extra cost. Here are Five
Great Ways to Baby Proof Your House.