Does your child have trouble sleeping and play with toys or wander around
as the rest of the household attempts to sleep? Try adapting the
bedroom door! Cut about 18 inches off the top of the bedroom door
(just above the hinge). With the door cut, rest easier knowing that
your child is in a safe place with lots of toys and a warm bed.
Sound travels freely so you will hear when you're needed or simply look
over the door to check on your child without waking.
Modify the refrigerator door for those curious kids who enjoy pulling on
the door and walk away with it wide open. Put a long Velcro strip
(the softer side) around the handle with the hook Velcro piece (the rough
side) on the wall of the refrigerator. Purchase Velcro that is at
least 1" wide, 12" long, and has a sticky backside. Cut
the rough-hook piece about 3 to 4 inches long and stick it to the
side-wall of the refrigerator. Make the long, softer piece 10 to 12
inches long. Use enough to wrap around the handle with the remaining
7 to 8 inches hanging off the handle to wrap around the door and reach the
hook Velcro on the wall of the refrigerator. Just peel enough
of the protective sticky paper off to secure the Velcro to the handle.
Leave the remaining 6 or 7 inches covered with the paper (that way you
won't get sticky every time you secure the Velcro to keep the door shut).
and Cabinet Safeguards
Use hook and eye latches to secure cupboards with cleaning supplies,
screen doors or bookshelves. To latch a bookshelf to the wall of a room,
screw the hook side of the latch into the back of the bookshelf. Then bolt
the eye piece into the wall. Make the bookshelf "off limits" and
provide children with a toy structure as an alternative place to climb.
Are you experiencing the dreaded shredded diaper? It helps quite a bit to
keep the diaper clean, but sometimes that's not enough. For younger
children, use a one piece-footed sleeper. For older children, purchase
old-fashioned long johns. The long johns button up the front and can
comfortably be turned around (with the buttons in the back) for those more
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