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Childproofing House For Guests With Kids

Do You Expect Others to Childproof Their Houses For You?

The kids are coming! Childproofing is something lots of parents do, but should the same be expected of others? Many moms and dads choose to put locks on their oven knobs, cushions around the coffee table, and plug lids in unused electrical sockets. If a person decides to host a family for dinner, a party, or overnight, should he or she take safety precautions before the wee guests walk or crawl through the door, too? Simple things like putting breakables up high or closing the doors to off-limit rooms give parents more of an opportunity to relax and cut down on potential safety hazards. What's your opinion?

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cutefactory cutefactory 7 years
Hell, I barely childproofed my own house-- other than removing breakables/sharp objects from reach and covering up floor level sockets. Instead I house-proofed the kids and they learned that when Mama says "no touch!" she means it. It does require a quick eye, but it really did end up helping when visiting at other houses.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
When my kids stayed at their grandmas house while I was working we both did some childproofing around her house. But normally I wouldn't expect this. Can't childproof every home you visit.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I don't have any children yet, but i don't think i would expect people to babyproof their houses. I do however pick up when i know my sister is coming over with her small children. Move anything breakable or that i know the baby can put in his mouth and move the coffee table over in front of the stairs.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
No, I don't, but there are exceptions. My mother for example. She lives an hour and a half away in good traffic, and begs me to come over once or twice a week. She pretty much absolutely refuses to drive up here, shes a homebody, doesnt like driving, has a ton of dogs whod have to be left home, etc. So, instead, I get to tote 2 kids, all the crap i need for them for an entire day, and 2 dogs up to her house. She STILL doesn't keep the dangerous and fragile crap up, and my entire day is spent trying to keep my daughter out of things. Its absurdly annoying, and I've mentioned it and she doesnt seem to care. I think in this isntance, she should be keeping breakables. chewables (things the dogs desperately want to destroy) and putting locks on doors to the backyard so she doesn't let the dogs outside every 2 seconds. I tried letting her run amok once and she didn't seem to care about that either but it drove me nuts. I just stopped going there as much, because i have nowhere to set my newborn down, and no way to contain a 2 yo hell bent on exploring all sorts of insanely fun and unfamiliar things.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
No. I think the parents of the child should ask if something could be moved or if some other basic childproofing things could be done. It's not that the hostess shouldn't be bothered to do it beforehand - I would try to if I were having children over. But someone that doesn't have children doesn't know how to childproof and probably doesn't even notice half the stuff that could be dangerous. So it's not his/her responsibility if a child gets hurt...
skigurl skigurl 7 years
Not childproof like actually buying gadgets to close drawers, plugs etc. but it's common courtesy and common SENSE to put your valuables up high and move anything that could be harmful or could get wrecked. I felt bad the other day when a friend's baby was in my house and she went near a plant (which wouldn't bother me) but the plant is on a plant stand and it's super wobbly (I almost knock it over often) and we kinda lunged at her and she started to cry, and I think it's my bad that I didn't move it or take it off the stand before she came to visit for the weekend.
Niami Niami 7 years
Nope. If their house is bad enough (one grandmother doesn't pick up the piles poo left by her three dogs IN HER HOUSE), I just don't take him over there at all. eww.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Obviously not, although it's a little different with people who actually watch her like the grandparents.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Um, no.
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