With the holiday season in full swing, moms and dads are dealing with a whole new challenge...keeping their little one away from their Christmas tree!
With all those bright lights, dangling objects, fun paper-wrapped packages, and eye-popping colors, what baby wouldn’t be drawn in, like a moth to a flame?
I know that my little one sure is, and for everyone’s benefit, baby-proofing is just a necessity!
Every year, parents around the world have to make a decision about how to decorate for the holidays with baby under foot.
No one wants to forgo their beloved Christmas tree...although some parents opt for a table-top version, rather than fight against keeping a toddler or crawler from yanking everything down.
Sure, you have the option of not keeping the presents under the tree, but that’s not very fun. And you could place all the tree decor up high on the tree and out of reach...but how silly would that look? Besides, just the tree alone can be dangerous, unless you have it tied and connected to the wall so that it can’t fall.
So what should you do if you have a little one that is the perfect age to enjoy a full-blown Christmas tree in all its glory, but can’t be trusted to leave it intact? OF COURSE...baby gate it!
Probably the best option is to simply put up a multi-purpose gate that can be free-standing around an object (play-pen style), or can be configured to partition off a corner of a room. Instead of using the gate to contain the baby, it is instead used to section off the tree and presents…a baby gate for the Christmas tree!
One inexpensive option is to use the Summer Infant Secure Surround 6-Panel PlaySafe Playard around the Christmas tree. Since it is portable, it a great solution for temporary need, as well as being available to take along for a day at Grandma’s house.
It also doubles as an indoor/outdoor playpen, too, so it’s great for wintertime and summertime alike!
The main drawback to this gate is that it is not so effective for older toddlers who have learned how to climb, as its design gives “toe-holds” that invite climbing, and because this gate is plastic, it is not as classy-looking, but for a great price, it gets the job done.
If you need something that has a longer “age-range” that will work for toddlers and climbers, or wish to have something a little more snazzy...check out the awesome gates that I’ve reviewed on my page called “Best Baby Gates for Impossible Scenarios.” There, you will find the best of the best, as well as the gate with the best bang for your buck for a metal “surround around” gate.
As babies and trees just don’t mix, due to the hazard of babies grabbing ornaments and lights, as well as the risk of the tree falling on your child, it is imperative that you have a plan in place during the holidays. No matter which gate you choose, you will be thankful for a way to keep your baby and Christmas tree safely separated, while still being able to have a beautiful tree and maintain easy access to it.