How long do you playpen?
"Nail everything to the wall - every dresser, table and TV. Don't have glass or anything heavy for baby easily accessible. Child-proof all cabinets. Block off stairs and don't hang anything heavy over changing table or crib."
Thanks for the advice, stranger!
Most of this I already knew and figured it was common sense. Especially anchoring dressers and not hanging heavy wall decor over the crib or changing table, because we have earthquakes here. But, walking around my house and removing every.single.piece of anything out of potential reach seems like overkill. I'm bringing home a baby, not a wild animal. I intend on teaching him "no - you can't touch that and this is why" instead of letting him run the house and then he has zero idea how to act anywhere else.
"Playpens are a Godsend", Stranger then added. "Just put the baby in it and you're good for hours!"
Huh, I thought. I hadn't heard the word 'playpen' in the longest time, because I was under the impression they're now called play yards, maybe because 'pen' is what you put farm animals in? Anyway, this got me thinking if playpens/play yards are still popular. I registered for a pack n' play that comes with a changing table built in, because I plan on using that for the first floor of our home, instead of walking upstairs every time I need to change a diaper. But, of course, I also thought it'd be great for traveling when Owen is older and can sleep in it. But, it honestly never crossed my mind to put him in it so I could do stuff for hours. That seems cruel. Rock n' Play for a shower? Yes. Play yard for hours? No. We don't even crate our dog. I had a mental image of Moxie just out and about, walking freely around the house, sticking her nose against the mesh, like "why are YOU in there, and I'm out HERE?"
Maybe that's the idealistic new mom part of me?