Toddlers are natural explorers, for whom the house is one big discovering arena. Mostly this is considered a good thing as to how they are learning new things. But the trickier part is to keep them at bay from harm. If let them be, they would sneakily taste something that’s fallen under the table or chair, pounce on some sharp objects, or might topple over something dangerous. Rules and any number of explanations are a waste. Disciplining them not to do certain things and trying to reason them about the harms, does not yield any fruitful results. Close watch and excessive supervision are something that is the only option. But that can be a tedious job. Here’s where a baby play yard comes into the picture.
The playpen is an area which is bound on all four sides. Here the baby can have his playroom with host toys, small swings, and various playthings stocked up. A playpen is a great solution to make a run for the laundry or quick tasks at hand. For older toddlers who don’t like the restriction in one area, you can add lights. Also, you can try some audio or video visualizations to engage them in.
Toddlers are great at finding escape routes and are always developing new skills to get past a barrier by climbing over them or unlocking the crib on their accords. To avoid such situations, we need essential planning. Also, the plan should be like before the child starts to mobilize, childproofing of the house and so on. Here we have an option to childproof windows, doors, electrical outlets, and more. Hazardous things should be out of bounds for small hands. We can also establish surveillance cameras around the house to keep a watch on the baby and create a monitor at our workplace.
- As toddlers tend to put anything and everything around the vicinity and in arm’s reach, in their mouth. Hence the toys that they play with should be age-appropriate. Keys or cellphones should be as far away as possible.
- Playpens can be great for a go parent. They create a safe zone when you are at the beach or at some relative’s place, which is not childproof. Also, they can also sleep in them.
- They should have a secure folding mechanism. Also, the bassinet should be removable and should contain some storage pockets or shelves for tucking diapers, wipes, or blankets.
- We can accessorize it with nightlights, audio system, or a canopy to shield the baby. Wheels can be attached to keep the playpen in motion. The bottoms should be sturdy, comprehensive, and stable.
Always look through the manufacture’s guidelines for the appropriate weight and size of the baby that the playpen can hold. The screws and bolts should be checked every two weeks to ensure that they are tight. You should also secure the decorations like bows and strings tightly to prevent strangulation. The swings should have a mechanism where they won’t disturb the baby when they are asleep. The playpens also should have the JPMA certification seal. In conclusion, playpens are a great savior for work at home parents.