Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Baby Proofing

Our son is getting to that age when things in our home are starting to look like....DANGER! This NY Times article talks about childproofing your home, and this below quote really made me think differently about this task....

"Thom Golden, the founder of the child safety association, made an interesting case for his profession. “If the parent is watching so intently that the child can’t do anything on their own free will,” he said, “then the child doesn’t learn how to do anything on their own, how to develop confidence in their own decisions.” Rather than a way to control your child, these safety devices are a way to let him or her be, he said."


  1. Have fun with the baby proofing! We are constantly having to change things around since our little monkey now climbs on the counter tops when left alone for more than a minute! As you will soon find out, baby proofing sometimes makes it adult proof too, I have a hard time opening some of our things because they are so well "baby" proofed! Proof...what a funny word!

  2. Annie you make a great point. When you wrote that proof is a funny word I immediately agreed because it sounds funny…like poof or the sound of ‘oof’. But then I went to the dictionary to learn more about proof. I’m having a hard time seeing any of these examples listed below actually pertain to babies except for maybe number 7 which infers we have little quality inspectors!

    Main Entry: proof
    Pronunciation: \ˈprüf\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English prof, prove, alteration of preve, from Anglo-French preove, from Late Latin proba, from Latin probare to prove — more at PROVE
    Date: 13th century
    1 a : the cogency of evidence that compels acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact b : the process or an instance of establishing the validity of a statement especially by derivation from other statements in accordance with principles of reasoning
    2 obsolete : EXPERIENCE
    3 : something that induces certainty or establishes validity
    4 archaic : the quality or state of having been tested or tried; especially : unyielding hardness
    5 : evidence operating to determine the finding or judgment of a tribunal
    6 a plural proofs or proof : a copy (as of typeset text) made for examination or correction b : a test impression of an engraving, etching, or lithograph c : a coin that is struck from a highly polished die on a polished planchet, is not intended for circulation, and sometimes differs in metallic content from coins of identical design struck for circulation d : a test photographic print made from a negative
    7 : a test applied to articles or substances to determine whether they are of standard or satisfactory quality
    8 a : the minimum alcoholic strength of proof spirit b : strength with reference to the standard for proof spirit; specifically : alcoholic strength indicated by a number that is twice the percent by volume of alcohol present

    Loved the comic Kate - made me laugh.