Hi there, I'm not a fan of playpens. I think they're ugly and cage-like. Can anyone suggest alternatives? We live in a tiny house with a very roly-poly nine-month-old and need safe places to put her when we need to get things done. Thanks
have you got a travel cot? I used one for a very short time when ds was little. It was ideal if I had to answer the front door/run to the loo etc. I just put in some books, or balls/toys etc and he was relatively happy!
It was ok for both. When it was used as a cot we would be in a totally different place generally and we made it up like his cot (and took toys out obviously . As bodiddly said it was ideal for answering the door, or nipping to the loo in peace, knowing he was safe. We did buy it to use as a travel cot first and foremost but it ended up in the living room!
I never thought our living room was ever completely 'childproof'. I wouldn't have left my nine month old in there on their own while I answered the door for instance. I just felt happier with him in the cot. Perhaps I was being PFB a bit but did it with DS2 as well.
Pack n' Play is great for travel and does come in handy sometimes if you need to answer door / go to the toilet etc. They are ugly but easy to fold down. Mine also used to double as a toybox (obviously not with child inside!) at the end of the day.
Over the course of the day I've definitely decided against the playpen. It'll be one - or all - of the ideas above. We'll need to get a travel cot and baby-proof the living room any way, so I guess we'll just start there. So, some serious child-proofing ahead (and perhaps a little bit of Cbeebie-ing too!).
For example - if I was upstairs cleaning the bathroom and toilet and hoovering then I would stick DD in her cot with a selection of toys and books to chew on, leave her bedroom door open and whizz around doing my jobs, I could keep an eye on her and she knew where I was. Sometimes she would fall asleep ... BONUS!!
Downstairs I would put her in the bouncy chair or the highchair (depending on age) whilst I whizzed about making dinner or tidying up.
I know a number of people who have used a stairgate or Babydan playpen panels etc to fence off their TV and computers etc. I found there's two stages of childproofing - first making the room safe for the child, then making the contents safe from the child...