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to wonder how you have a Christmas tree AND toddlers

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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??

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Thu 06-Dec-12 18:27:16

Put the tree in a playpen.

Or the toddler.

Honestly? We didn't have a tree until last year when our son was 2.5 and understood not to touch.

TheReturnOfBridezilla Thu 06-Dec-12 18:27:23

I'm planning to put the toddler in the garden for the month. grin

ChasedByBees Thu 06-Dec-12 18:27:49

I've got a 10mo and a tree that's been up mere days but I have a small one with battery operated lights (so not dangling wires) on my dining room table out of reach. Not ideal but it'll have to do!

Goldmandra Thu 06-Dec-12 18:29:00

We put the Christmas tree in an old wooden playpen for a few Christmases.

We now have a puppy, no playpen and no idea how the hell I'm going to protect the tree!

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Thu 06-Dec-12 18:29:06

I put a hook into the wall and tied the tree to it with a length of ribbon. Doesn't stop them pulling the baubles off but does stop them from pulling the entire thing over.
Now though, I've got a stairgate on the lounge door so they can look but from afar. (I cm, they're not my own toddlers).

ramblingmum Thu 06-Dec-12 18:29:13

we used the playpen as well

GoldPlatedNineDoors Thu 06-Dec-12 18:29:52

I havent put mine up as 11mo would be mesmirised by it. I miss it though, so might put it in my room with all tge presents under.

attheendoftheday Thu 06-Dec-12 18:30:03

Our tree is going in a playpen. Since dd never went in the playpen it will be good to get some use out of it.

PrettyHairClips Thu 06-Dec-12 18:30:06

DD is 2.5 and still did this. Can't help that I decorated the tree with (breakable) Disney figures. Ahhhhhh the sweet, sweet rush of vodka running through my body. I needed that.

Fuck this Christmas lark.

blinkedandmissedit Thu 06-Dec-12 18:30:40

We just used to pick it up every time it got pulled over and re-arrange the decs. By the time Christmas actually arrived we couldn't be bothered so we just picked it up and it ended up looking very dishevelled!

GwendolineMaryLacedwithBrandy Thu 06-Dec-12 18:31:00

I've got a 10 month old and a super skinny pencil tree that is going in the corner by the sofa with a table in front of it!

blinkedandmissedit Thu 06-Dec-12 18:31:59

Forgot to say, decorate only with cheap plastic baubles!

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Thu 06-Dec-12 18:32:32

Tree is up high on top of a big box (i covered the box with wrapping paper) he can't reach it well enough to pull it down. There are no breakable decorations.

In the past I've tied the top to the curtain rail.

PrettyHairClips Thu 06-Dec-12 18:32:47

What's the point in giving them a 'magical' xmas when they just break shite? I feel like I'm trying my best to make xmas as awesome as possible (spent a lot of money on those decs cause I had the same ones as a young child) now there's £170 worth of broken decs on the floor.

TheJiminyConjecture Thu 06-Dec-12 18:33:02

We've always had a tree. I never even thought about it being pulled down confused DD is almost 3 now, so guess I've just been lucky.

I do appreciate that I've probably just cursed it now! grin

LemonBreeland Thu 06-Dec-12 18:34:49

Oh no. You've just reminded me what dd will be like with the tree. She was only 6mths last year so not a problem.

But as a toddler she is into everything. Her elder brothers were okay with the tree when little, but I just know she won't be.

CelstialNavigation Thu 06-Dec-12 18:39:45

This is the tree you get OP. It beats the most determined toddler.

sixlostmonkeys Thu 06-Dec-12 18:40:41

I made a deep shelf in the alcove and and put the tree there - well I put the top half of the tree there because of the height.

It was well out of reach but ds would look at it and be happy etc. The shelf was meant to temporary but 15 years later it's still there......

If you need it to be on the floor, then I'd buy cheap non-breakable decs.

OodKingWenceslas Thu 06-Dec-12 18:41:59

In a playpen/behind furniture.

EndoplasmicReticulum Thu 06-Dec-12 18:42:06

I put the tree in the playpen one year. It meant toddler couldn't pull the whole thing over. Also, don't put it up too early!

Startail Thu 06-Dec-12 18:42:40

You Rope it to the book case, use only plastic baubles and make sure that all the light wires and plugs are out of reach.

Real trees are very spiky, even fiddle with everything DD1 didn't wreak much havoc.

flaime Thu 06-Dec-12 18:42:52

We used to put ours in the corner of the room with a couple of toy boxes in front of it which they knew they weren't allowed to climb over. Seemed to work ok for us.

LaCiccolina Thu 06-Dec-12 18:44:07

Mine is stood in the hall. It's got sweets on. Dd is just 2 & has eaten a few candy canes but beyond saying its pretty ignores it. She helped put it up and I said no alot at start. Been 2wks now no pulling over. One in longe is a pop up on table. Ignores that too...

You wouldn't remove anything else, u would just say no? Don't see why this is different?

Meglet Thu 06-Dec-12 18:44:26


I didn't really bother until the dc's were 5 & 3 and even then I used cheap, safe baubles and tinsel.

Or get a real tree, they won't mess with that after they've been prickled a couple of times.

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