Baby Safe Christmas Decor
Thanksgiving has passed and it’s time to decorate for the holidays…but you have some mischievous hands that can bring chaos to your festive decor.
There are two obvious options:
- Don’t decorate and let little one go about crawling, walking, and tugging on everything (already baby proofed) in your home.
- Decorate away and pray your child doesn’t break any heirlooms or pull a 9 foot tree on top of themselves.
I’ll be walking you through magical option 3!
3. Make your house as festive as possible while keeping your little one and your expensive decor in one piece!
Kitchen Upper Cabinet Ribbons & Bows
Fancy up your cabinets with some fun holiday ribbons and bows. Baby can’t reach it and it’s a lovely way to brighten up the place your family gathers so often.
Garland Above Kitchen Cabinets or Mantel
Throw your fun garland on the top edge of your upper kitchen cabinets or along your mantel.
If you’re forgoing a tree all together this year, this is a great way to display some ornaments and still get the evergreen and lights showing.
Re-locate Your Christmas Village
If you have been collecting these expensive and traditional villages over the years, the last thing you want is for a piece to break.
Our normal placement is too close for comfort, so we are opting to throw all of those curious cords, choking hazard mini people, and breakable buildings in another room where there will be no temptation, but we can still enjoy it!
Even if you’re able to get it up high, check that whatever it is on top of is sturdy. If you can wiggle it, pieces can break! Triple check!
Raise Stockings with Boxes
Grab some small boxes and put some cans of food in them or wrap a stack of books. The last thing you need is for baby to just get their finger tips on the end of a stocking and have a jagged, heavy, metal stocking hangar fall on them.
Be sure that even with their biggest reach they can’t go for them. You don’t want heavy boxes falling on them either. Every store has decorative boxes, but you can wrap just about anything around your house as long as it’s stable enough. (Let’s be real, how many Amazon boxes do you have laying around?)
Though the poem may say, “the stockings were hung by the chimney with care”, you don’t have to put them there! Get out some 3M hooks and put each family member’s stocking on their bedroom door. Or fill up an empty wall with those colorful giant socks!
Block off Christmas Tree
If you’re able to get the Christmas tree in an area protected by baby gate, job well done. For some home layouts, that’s just not ideal. Try placing the tree in a corner with a couch on both sides and an ottoman blocking any holes.
If you’d like to spring for a baby gate that can connect to itself to go around the tree.
Get some large cardboard boxes (Amazon subscribe and save diaper boxes work great!), fill them with very heavy items and surround the tree with them. The worst that can happen is baby unwrapping the boxes.
Grab an end table and throw your 5-6 foot tree right on top! Be sure the little ones can’t reach the tree skirt or any stems to pull it down!
If you’re hard core and need your tree and don’t want any distractions, you may want to get yourself some baby safety furniture straps to connect the tree at least half way up to the wall so that if baby gets a hold of the tree, it’s not going to come down on top of them.
Shrink your Christmas Tree
If you’re used to 10 foot trees or artificial trees, perhaps wait until next year. Head out to your local tree lot. They will have a section of 2-3 foot trees or “tabletop trees”.
They’re a steal at a tree lot for usually about $10-$20. This way, you can get your tree, get the smell of fresh pine, decorate, and display it. It will be on a smaller scale, but your peace of mind will be worth it.
Spring for a few baby trees and put one in each room. Let your kids have a little tree on top of their dresser and let them make ornaments to decorate them.
OR grab some tomato cages and wrap in garland or decorative mesh and lights and decorate. Place on table tops so no little hands can get them.
Not only on your front door! Throw some 3M hooks up on the other doors in your home or in the center of empty wall space and throw a festive wreath up!
String Garland up High
Grab some hooks and string your garland up over windows, or at your ceiling line. It will bring a bit of bright light to dark corners and will be far away from mischievous hands.
You can’t go wrong with mistletoe! Hang it in doorways or above doorways with some 3M temporary hooks. It’s cute, sweet, and safe!
Hang Christmas Cards
Show off how loved your family is! Grab some 3M hooks to hang some fun holiday ribbon by your front door. Or hang ribbons in horizontal lines on the wall to create the illusion of a Christmas tree shape.
Grab a tomato cage at your local hardware or gardening store. Stand on entry table or end table. Pull stakes together and tie with decorative ribbon. Use clothes pins to make a Christmas Card Tree.
Hang Ornaments or Snowflakes in Windows
Have fun cutting out snowflakes as a family and hang them with fishing line or ribbon from the curtain rod of a window. Make some Borax snowflakes to display.
If you’re choosing to skip the tree this year, display your ornaments in the windows strung by festive ribbon or fishing line.
Hang Christmas Lights in the Kids’ Rooms
Give your kids some holiday spirit. Take a string of lights and some 3M hooks and put them away from wandering hands but where they can be enjoyed. Read Christmas books by the light of them or use a small string of them as a night light.
Display Ornaments in Glass
If you’re not doing a Christmas Tree or you’re only decorating from the top to the middle, go to your local dollar store or craft store. Pick up some large hurricane glasses or fishbowls and place your ornaments in them on the dining room table, a bookshelf, or counter top.
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