The baby-proofing helicopter mom
This article really got me thinking:Baby proofing is lazy: watch your children instead
I remember when Maya first got mobile. It definitely was a slow process. She never did crawl, she was a butt-scooter and then she was a later walker. We were lucky we didn’t have to chase her around until later. And for the most part we kept her corralled in the living room.
When she finally did start getting curious I immediately put baby locks on cabinets and made sure all blind cords were way out of reach. The electrical outlet plugs were plugged in way before she became mobile, I’m a nervous mom, what can I say.
I did all of these things and yet I also never wanted to leave her out of my site. If I needed to shower, I waited until she went to bed. If I was cooking, she was in the kitchen playing. If I was doing the laundry, I would sit her the furthest from anything that could hurt her and surround her by toys, as a distraction.
The exersaucer, bouncer and jumperoo were my best friend if something needed to be done where she would be out of my site. I loved the things that were stationed in one place, kept her safe and let her have fun, all while letting me get things done.
So, honestly, I don’t know why I even took the precautions to lock up the cabinets. I guess it was just something that eased my mind.
I guess you could call me the baby-proofing helicopter mom. Go ahead, judge me, I’m probably judging you. Well, either that or wishing I could loosen the baby bungee cord connect to my children, like you.