to wonder how you have a Christmas tree AND toddlers

(65 Posts)
PrettyHairClips Thu 06-Dec-12 18:26:02

My toddler has just pulled the xmas tree down for a third time (and broken numerous ornaments in the process). I didn't have a xmas tree last year for this reason. A lot of people said, "awww no Christmas tree, that's a scrooge". But what's the alternative? Decorating the tree every day because it's been pulled down??

To those with toddlers - what's the secret??

NapaCab Thu 06-Dec-12 23:27:08

You know I thought this would be a big problem with my DS (14 months and in the classic ransack-the house-every-day phase) and wasn't going to bother with a Christmas tree but put it up last weekend anyway just to see.

So far, bizarrely, he has shown absolutely no interest in it! He doesn't like the feeling of the branches on his hands and sort of half-touches it and then moves away. Let's hope his tree-aversion lasts through the festive season... by the time next year rolls around, he'll be old enough to understand not to touch things, I hope.

We've gone small, table top tree on a side table behind a fireguard, with squishy fabric decorations on just in case - they look nice actually, if a bit Kirstie's Homemade Bollocks.

fluffypillow Thu 06-Dec-12 23:19:08

I had a similar problem last year when my DD was a year old. She wouldn't leave it alone, and damaged alot of the baubles.

This year I thought the same thing would happen, but she has been quite good, although I do quite often get to the shops, and realise she is carrying one of the baubles! I can live with that though, just as long as the tree still looks half decent grin

Morloth Thu 06-Dec-12 23:08:51

It didn't even occur to me that this could be an issue TBH.

They help put it up and once it is decorated it is a NO TOUCH, I was more worried about the cat this year, but she knows NO TOUCH as well.

Both toddler and cat like sitting and staring at the pretty lights, but NO TOUCH.

pugsandseals Thu 06-Dec-12 23:08:02

1st Christmas we had a baby tree on top of the dresser. 2nd Christmas we put the big tree up in the conservatory & locked it out there so she could see but not touch. 3rd Christmas we shoved the tree in the corner & sandwiched it between the sofa & coffee table to block it in & shouted at dd everytime she crawled round behind the sofa to steal the Xmas tree chocolates! grin HTH

redbusandbigben Thu 06-Dec-12 23:06:08

We didn't have a tree for years! Not that my children are naughty, they were just very adventurous and did have 3 under 3. Got a plastic tree that went on the wall!

Why make life difficult!?

Real tree.

Playpen up to the age of 2.

Then corporal punishment wink.

I have a tree for me; my 4 horrors couldn't give a monkeys - well, no, they do like it and 'helped' decorate it, but if we did not have one, they would not be bothered.
If it is stressing you out, get rid, why don't you? She'll not remember in years to come grin

redwellybluewelly Thu 06-Dec-12 22:59:11

£170 on tree decorations? holy cow!

We asked DD not to touch it and only used plastic baubles, it was a fake one and she only pulled it down on her head the once. This year we are staying fake but putting it on a desk out of reach.

Next year we'll have a real one.

Splatt34 Thu 06-Dec-12 22:58:02

in defence of whoever mentioned £170 I suspect mine total more than that.My decorations are a collection started by my mum buying me one each year. The oldest is dated 1983 I think. A decoration for the tree is now the only souvenir I buy on holiday and as I bring them out eaxh year I can tell exactly when & where they were all bought.

Still the breakable ones are at the too the none breakables on the bottom 1/3 placed by DD (2) who knows she is now allowed to look but not touch or santa won't come. She also has a littke fibreoptic one in her room which DH bought her & she loves

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Thu 06-Dec-12 22:42:51

Ours have never pulled the tree over, but we were concerned that they might s we had it in one of these with bags of gravel in there.

Spending £170 on tree decorations is mad though!

AndABigBirdInaPearTree Thu 06-Dec-12 22:38:35

When our rugrats were small DH wired ours to the wall. Seriously, tied wire around the top third of the tree and screwed it to the wall. Yes, you have to touch it up once it is taken down but man, it is worth it.

I bought and made non-breakable ornaments. The plastic baubles I superglued the top piece on first and then I used wire hangers and twisted them onto the ornament and then the tree itself. You could grab them and shake them and they stayed on. Special ornaments went up higher where they were hard to reach. I also put a basket under the tree with easy to hang ornaments that they could take off and put back on.

DewDr0p Thu 06-Dec-12 22:36:42

when they were little I tied the tree to a tack on the picture rail with normal sewing thread doubled up a few times. and left the bottom branches bare. They never managed to pull it over!

armani Thu 06-Dec-12 22:33:53

My dc are 6, 3 and 2 and have so far been ok with the tree! I let them decorate it and they really enjoyed it!
Who cares that 90% of the baubles are on one branch at the bottom of the tree? smile

ZebraInHiding Thu 06-Dec-12 22:32:16

Infant? Olds!!

ZebraInHiding Thu 06-Dec-12 22:31:33

Same, cardibach.

My five year old likes to rearrange the decs every so often bit he us careful and it has never tipped. It was decorated without issues by the seven, five and two year infant without issues. They have always done it. They stand on chairs to reach higher (but it is only a four/five foot tree) . But then, we aren't at all precious about the tree. It is for them and they feel so proud to have decorated it.

cardibach Thu 06-Dec-12 22:16:21

I've had a tree every year, both beofreand after DD was born. SHe's 16 now and has never even looked like she might pull the tree over. I don't get it. Why are they doing it? Why do you have to worry about this?

purpleloosestrife Thu 06-Dec-12 22:11:48

last year told my toddler "no" (17months) a few times until she got the message and left the tree alone!

this year at 2yo I have told her that Santa doesn't bring presents to anyone who touches his tree!! grin

plus I put all the gorgeous baubles at the top and the lowest branches have cheap plastic tat shatterproof baubles at the bottom

TartyMcTart Thu 06-Dec-12 22:01:04

Sorry, another one who never had the thought that there may be an issue with kids and Christmas trees. We've always had a tree and loads of decorations around and been fine. Maybe we're lucky as I've never moved ornaments, glasses, etc. just because we had kids around. They have to get used to keeping their grubby mitts of nice things!

DamnBamboo Thu 06-Dec-12 21:47:45

Never had one pulled down although I have had it redecorated on a couple of occasion so that all decorations and baubles and the star was hung in 6 square inches! Really quite a remarkable feat and it didn't fall over either smile

NiceOneCenturion Thu 06-Dec-12 21:40:50

I don't think it ever occurred to me it would be a problem, so didn't have any safety precautions. I don't think I have an exceptionally well behaved child, he likes climbing on and messing with things as much as the next toddler, but there are lots of things in the same room that are more valuable that I don't expect him to pull over/destroy, such as the tv, the laptop, the bookcases - I suppose I treat the tree in the same way, and it' s been fine touch wood

We did involve him in putting it up, let him help me get the decorations out of the bags, hand us baubles, and I lifted him up to put the star on top. I haven't restricted him touching it, I let him take things off and look at them if he wants and help him put them back, ask if he wants the lights switched on etc so don't know if any of that helped. None of it is particularly expensive though, so easier to be relaxed about it I guess.

CaliforniaSucksSnowballs Thu 06-Dec-12 20:13:48

When mine were toddlers we used to put all the unbreakable stuff on the lower half of the tree hung without metal hooks. We have a 7 foot tree and they never pulled it over. I used to go around collecting ornaments a couple times a day and putting them back. After a few days they lost interest and only pulled an ornament off occasionally. Dd is 7 and spends every evening re arraigning the ornaments she can reach, this is more annoying than when she was a toddler.

Pandemoniaa Thu 06-Dec-12 20:04:51

PS. The dog is more of a nuisance with Christmas trees, tbh. He wants to piddle on real ones and chew the baubles on fake ones. He is not a puppy either. Little sod.

Pandemoniaa Thu 06-Dec-12 20:03:58

When the dcs were toddlers we had a real but small tree with cheap decorations on it. It was put up fairly high so as not to be too accessible. Being a real tree, it was spiky to the touch so even ds2 (who was a noted tinkerer about with anything and everything) did little more than touch it.

dgd was 11.5 months old last Christmas and also into everything. So the tree was carefully placed behind an obstacle and weighted down! To be fair, she didn't make a serious attempt on it and now, at 23.5 months you can reason with her and she understands that it is a lovely thing to look at but not to trash. But in neither year has ds2 or ddil put expensive decorations on it because that's just tempting fate.

BackforGood Thu 06-Dec-12 19:59:27

Another Play Pen fan here - or behind other furniture (had a few years of toddlers in the house with 3 dc).
But equally, there's nothing on my tree that would get broken if it were pulled/knocked over, and certainly nothing that cost more than about £1.70 I don't think, let alone 100x that shock

RiaUnderTheMistletoe Thu 06-Dec-12 19:25:15

No toddlers here but a dog that likes to eat baubles once everyone's gone to bed hmm As a result we have 90% of the decorations on the top third of the tree. Might it be less tempting if the decorations were out of reach?

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