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AIBU to be worried about MIL's blinds? Nephew is tiny still and they don't appear safe?

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TheHouseOnTheLane Thu 03-Dec-15 14:23:54

Mil has blinds with strings all through her house. Nephew is 2 and there all the time under MIL's care.

I saw him playing with the cord and as MIL was elsewhere, I stopped him with distraction.

She has hook things halfway up the window wall...the edge of the wall inside whatever that area is called...and the cords are through the hook somehow. SHe says it's a safety mechanism but the way I'm looking at it, Dnephew could still get his head in it if he climbed on something.

AIBU to say something twice? I expressed my concern in a careful way but she brushed it off and said the hooks meant they were safe.

She's not always in the same room with nephew when she's babysitting. He is a climber and he is curious and likes doors generally

whatyouseeiswhatyouget Thu 03-Dec-15 14:30:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ifgrandmahadawilly Thu 03-Dec-15 14:31:19

YANBU. Could she cut the cord so there is no loop?

goodcompany2 Thu 03-Dec-15 14:33:48

YADNBU a few tragic fatalities from blinds sadly.

Can google but didn't want to labour point,

DonkeyOaty Thu 03-Dec-15 14:35:25

Tell the parents your concerns.

TheHouseOnTheLane Thu 03-Dec-15 14:38:05

I can't remember what the hook looks like but there is enough slack for a head to fit in.

I never see SIL (have a strained relationship due to her verbally abusing my DH and the fact that she's a fruitloop) so I can't mention it to her.

I think maybe I will tell DH to look and say something. MIL is more likely to listen to him. hmm

ouryve Thu 03-Dec-15 14:40:35

Getting your DH to mention something is probably best, under the circumstances. He can always get stuck in and tighten them up if they haven't been properly tightened.

ExplodingCarrots Thu 03-Dec-15 14:47:30

Please say something. My dd got caught in our blind cord when I thought she couldn't. Luckily I was there but it frightened me and I felt physically sick for days. They've now been cut and way above reach

Crazypetlady Thu 03-Dec-15 17:23:42

Say something Yanbu. I think any precautions we can take are a good thing. I would put things aside with SIL and give her a text.Not saying you should be best friends just put feelings aside for a minute.

facedontfit Thu 03-Dec-15 18:31:57

Hearbreaking stories on here, show her.

BeeePeee Thu 03-Dec-15 18:35:29

You are right that this is dangerous.

toffeeboffin Thu 03-Dec-15 18:37:22

'I saw him playing with the cord and as MIL was elsewhere, I stopped him with distraction'

Yes. Get rid of the cords. Kids can and do get stuck. You are not over reacting!

manana21 Thu 03-Dec-15 18:41:39

Agree you're not over-reacting. I read about a boy who strangled himself when he was put down for a nap. Get your dh to say something emphatic

firesidechat Thu 03-Dec-15 19:32:32

I would be worried too. We've just put up a blackout blind in the room our grandchildren will sleep in when they come to stay and made sure it was one with the metal twisty thing and not cords.

firesidechat Thu 03-Dec-15 19:34:03

These ones:

PiperChapstick Thu 03-Dec-15 19:44:38

YANBU. I once got chatting to a lad in the doctors surgery who's daughter got strangled on one of those cords. Luckily she survived and had little damage but it spooked me and we cut the cords near the top as soon as we got home (even though DD was only 6 weeks old). YWNBU to say something his safety is more important than her feelings

Girlwhowearsglasses Thu 03-Dec-15 20:05:13

I'm sure the links posted already say this but please don't cut the loop - this doesn't make it safer - there's still a length of cord hanging about - and a really long one sometimes depending on if blind up or down!

You need a hook at the bottom to hold it taut as new blinds come with nowadays.

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