[Sca-cooks] "Child Safing"

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Fri Aug 15 12:10:47 PDT 2008

Solveig Throndardottir wrote:
> Moderate "child safing" is actually a fairly old idea. In the 1950's 
> child gates,
> play pens, electric outlet covers, and sequestering things like 
> ammonia were
> pretty common. Basically, the problem is that toddlers can be FAST. What
> this means is that you need to either restrict the range of motion of 
> the toddler
> (such as tying them to your back while you are working) or otherwise 
> keep them
> out of reach of quick acting dangers which do not present their own 
> feedback
> mechanisms to children prior to becoming dangerous.
Oh yes...

Mine are grown, but I still remember the rapidity with which they could 
get into trouble! I even belled mine- as soon as they could move about, 
I put bells on their shoes. My son managed to foil that though- he 
figured out that if the bells were still ringing I wouldn't think he was 
in trouble. I'd check up on him and find him knee-deep in something, 
with one foot stuck out and going jingle-jingle-jingle. We also had to 
put a hook on the front door at parent-level because he had a habit of 
sneaking out before I was awake. Started doing that at about 2. Neighbor 
brought him home one morning, and I didn't know he'd been out. With all 
three toddlers at the same time it's a wonder my hair isn't completely 


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