12 month old and the sofa...

(19 Posts)
Wineasaurous Sun 07-Jan-18 08:12:32

My 12 month old can now climb on the sofa and does so whenever I nip out of the room.
I have an incredibly weak bladder so when I need a wee it's a sudden and unfightable urge so I don't have time to strap him into his high chair or anything. How can I stop him climbing on the sofa? He can't get off safely.

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CheapSausagesAndSpam Sun 07-Jan-18 09:07:44

You have to pick him up and take him with you of course. He's a baby...you can't leave him.

Mrsmadevans Sun 07-Jan-18 09:08:15

wear some Tena Ladies just in case and get some bladder training info from your hv

Wineasaurous Sun 07-Jan-18 09:49:59

All the bathroom chemicals are now within reach of him in the bathroom so I can't take him with me. Small flat.

Also not the point of the post...

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CheapSausagesAndSpam Sun 07-Jan-18 10:07:50

Well OP...it might not be the point of your post, but your question "how can I stop him climbing on the sofa" isn't worth answering! You can't!

He's a one year old...they climb.

You either take them away from what they're climbing, you get rid of the thing they're climbing...or you hover whilst they do it.

Since you can't really throw your sofa away and in this case you want to know how you can leave a baby unattended whilst you pee...it's a silly question...the answer is that you can't.

CheapSausagesAndSpam Sun 07-Jan-18 10:08:28

And put the bathroom chemicals in a lockable cupboard or in another room.

lizzlebizzle33 Sun 07-Jan-18 11:38:49

I have to say I agree, you do have to take him with you, anything could happen while he is alone, even if is just for a minute. You will have to put the chemicals out of reach I'm afraid

Wineasaurous Sun 07-Jan-18 12:02:18

I can't put chemicals anywhere else. There is no where else for them to go

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Scarlettpimpersmell Sun 07-Jan-18 12:07:13

Get a little cabinet on the wall in the bathroom and put the chemicals in (you REALLY need to do this anyway!)
Improve your bladder control (there are exercises you can do)
Wee whilst holding baby on your lap.
Set a travel cot up permanently in a corner of your living room with toys in then you can pop the baby in any time you have to rush off.

This phase won't last forever but it's a difficult phase and in order to keep your baby safe you may need to make some compromises for a short time.

CheapSausagesAndSpam Sun 07-Jan-18 12:08:14

What? Your home has no cupboards at all and you for some reason, can't get a plastic tub with a snap down lid? confused


Amanduh Sun 07-Jan-18 12:21:50

You really need to put your chemical in a secure box or cupboard.
Don't leave him in the room alone when you go to the toilet!

Oysterbabe Sun 07-Jan-18 12:29:36

Where do you keep other cleaning products? Washing powder, kitchen cleaner etc? Put them all together and put a lock on that cupboard. But you still need to take him with you whatever. I'm assuming the cleaning products are next to the loo? Surely you're capable of stopping him touching them and weeing at the same time?

Wineasaurous Sun 07-Jan-18 13:34:46

Under kitchen sink (full) not allowed to hand cabinet on walls (rented) no where for plastic tub to go without being trip hazard. Chemicals are on Windowsill.
Can't 'improve bladder'. Have a medical condition.
I also won't take my baby into the kitchen when I'm cooking tea.

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lizzlebizzle33 Sun 07-Jan-18 14:34:33

Can you put him in his cot for 2 mins? I used to give DS some toys or a book and he would sit happily in his cot while I went to the loo

Vibe2018 Sun 07-Jan-18 22:13:02

A plastic tub as a trip hazard would be better than your baby having access to dangerous chemicals.

pastabest Tue 09-Jan-18 00:15:44

Pull the cushions off the sofa as you go. That way if he still climbs he has a shorter fall and a softer landing.

CheapSausagesAndSpam Tue 09-Jan-18 06:16:33

Put the chemicals in a bag and hang it up high....God. It's like you're looking for a way NOT to be helped.

What "chemicals" are we talking here? Bleach and so forth? They all have child lids on them so will be fine in a thick bag hanging from a rack or similar.

speakout Tue 09-Jan-18 06:26:25

OP I am sorry but thing are going to get a lot worse.

You seriously need to address the issue of dangerous substances and bottles of unsafe substances - in the next few year your child will become even more mobile, even more inquisitive and sometimes faster than you.

If space is limited then do you really need all those bottles of stuff?
You can actually get by with one bottle each of laundry detergent, wash up liquid, general purpose detergent and bleach.

Four bottles. And that will do 99% of cleaning jobs. These could all be stored under the sink with a child lock on the cupboard.
There is no need to store chemicals in the bathroom, simply take what you need through when you go to clean.

lizzlebizzle33 Tue 09-Jan-18 07:21:10

100% agree with that 👍🏻 having to put locks on my living room windows this week as my 20 month old can now open them!
They're clever little creatures, even if you put the chemicals in a box he will eventually learn to open it so just get rid of them, I'm sure you have enough space under the sink for what you need.

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