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Old 11-20-2011, 06:43 PM   #21
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Re: How can I keep my toddler away from our Christmas tree.

I told DH (jokingly) that instead of putting lights on the tree we could just wrap it in electric fence wire and he would only touch it once!!! IRL we are putting the playyard around it

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:14 PM   #22
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Re: How can I keep my toddler away from our Christmas tree.

You could always do something like this...

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Last year I angled our couch in the corner and put the tree behind it on a short table
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[QUOTE=tallanvor;14161384]We just made sure that the ornaments they could reach weren't breakable. We never had a problem. We would emphasize that the tree was not for climbing and that if there was an ornament they wanted to look at, but couldn't reach, that they needed to ask me or DH. All 3 of our kids did just fine with that route, including the one that was climbing on stuff from 6 months upward.

Now, the year we had a puppy and kitten -- that was a rough year. lol[/QUote

Neither one of my boys had a problem with it, of course it had to be my dd. I don't even know that very many of my ornament survived my dd last year. We only had ours up high and a tabletop tree and she still manged to pull it off more than once.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:45 PM   #25
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Re: How can I keep my toddler away from our Christmas tree.

this is what we have done in the past years.

Blocked it off with the couches, put it up on a desk with a vanity in front of the desk(also gave room to put gifts.)

This year I will either use our super gate or put it up on a table....because I have a 2 year old who gets into EVERYTHING, a 4 year old who also likes to get into things and also tells his sister to do things he knows they are not allowed to do....

BUT I only have the tree up a few days, since DS turns 4 on the 15, we don't set the tree up until the weekend after his birthday, so it will only be up 1.5-2 weeks.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:52 PM   #26
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I'd imagine it would depend on the arrangement in your home, but I set up our Christmas tree in the corner of our living room and then place our love seat diagonally in front of it. It blocks it off well but keeps it visible so that we can all enjoy it. If I didn't do this, we'd have to relocate our love seat to make room, so it's a win-win .
This is what we do also. You can see it really nicely but it's out of reach
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:37 PM   #27
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I've been thinking about this too. I'm so excited for our tree, but with two boys- 2.5 and 1- I know it's just going to be dangerous and a hassle. We're going to have to put the ornaments/lights on the top portion of the tree. I don't really want to do a gate, either. I don't know what to do!
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I started decorating my tree with Christmas cards. I take the prettiest cards from the year before, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the upper left hand corner and then tie a ribbon in a loop. I use those to decorate my tree...because unless you put a big pen around it.. there IS no way to keep your toddler from messing with it. LOL

Unless you get a table top tree and put it on a surface out of her reach.

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I started decorating my tree with Christmas cards. I take the prettiest cards from the year before, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the upper left hand corner and then tie a ribbon in a loop. I use those to decorate my tree...because unless you put a big pen around it.. there IS no way to keep your toddler from messing with it. LOL
Ooh, I like that idea Thanks! And I'm glad someone else's toddler cannot be trusted around a large lighted object covered in sparkly goodness.

I am in awe of those who said they can just tell their LO to stay away from it and they do. DS sort of understands "no" in the moment but usually can't recall the rule later on. Or he just chooses not to because he is now at the age where he wants to challenge everything we say...oh the joys of toddlerhood.
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Ooh, I like that idea Thanks! And I'm glad someone else's toddler cannot be trusted around a large lighted object covered in sparkly goodness.

I am in awe of those who said they can just tell their LO to stay away from it and they do. DS sort of understands "no" in the moment but usually can't recall the rule later on. Or he just chooses not to because he is now at the age where he wants to challenge everything we say...oh the joys of toddlerhood.
Honestly, I'm a bit surprised we never had any problems with the tree. But, like I said, we made sure the ornaments they could reach weren't breakable, and I guess they had enough to do taking those off and putting them back on that it satisfied whatever urge they had in messing with the tree.
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