I do so love to be prepared, almost painstakingly so for the likes of my dear husband. But in the interest of really being able to enjoy Christmas Day and indeed the lead up I’ve been toddler proofing as I go…
- Unbreakable/Unchokeable Decorations. I find the Christmas Tree exciting and naturally Florence does too. Rather than spend the month playing zone defence I adorn our tree with plenty of soft decorations on the lower branches, ones that can be pulled off daily and strewn about the place. One day there will be a season of life suited to glass ornaments…
- Unpacked Presents. Some toys take an engineering degree to extract them from their packaging. To save frantically tugging at twist ties on Christmas morning with a frustrated toddler hanging off my arm I unbox the main toys before wrapping them.
- Ready to go gifts. On a similar note, we plan to build any gifts that require construction on Christmas Eve whilst drinking copious amounts of Baileys. It’s a slightly arduous task but getting the tool box out on the big day is asking for trouble with small bits at risk of getting lost or swallowed. Likewise putting batteries in, pre gift wrap, takes the risk out of the situation and means the toy is ready to entertain from the get go.
- A hopeful nap. This may be wishful thinking with all the excitement, but Florence still naps for 2 hours a day so we’ve arranged the timings of dinner around this in the hopes of avoiding a grumpy girl.
- A touch of home. We’ll be staying away on Christmas Day so I’m making sure I have a list of Florence’s home comforts to bring with us, in all the chaos of the season they could be easily forgotten. Hopefully these will help her settle down after a long old day.
How do you toddler proof your festivities?