Stapleton Couple Chooses Paying Attention to Kids Over Babyproofing

babyproofingStapleton couple Troy and Brooke Miller have twin boys who just turned one less than a week ago. As many Stapleton residents know, having a one year old around the house can be pretty challenging, and even more so if you have two of them. To complicate things further, both boys are beginning to walk, so they are constantly on the move, putting themselves in all sorts of new precocious positions. “It’s crazy how fast they are starting to get around,” said Brooke. “And of course, they want to get into everything. It’s a little scary because they don’t understand heights, corners, hard things versus soft things and so on. And then, apparently everything must be food.”

Typically, this is the stage when people begin aggressively baby proofing their homes. Locking cabinets, plugging outlets, baby gates in front of steps, removing tablecloths, and even locking toilets are some common baby proofing practices. The Millers looked into all of this as most responsible parents would, but ultimately chose their own path. “We researched all of the things that were common for parents of kids the same age as ours,” said Brooke. “It seemed like a lot of unnecessary stuff. I mean, I totally get the coffee tables without sharp corners, so we bought a soft coffee table, and of course putting up baby gates so they don’t fall down the stairs, but a lot of the other things just didn’t make sense to me.” Brooke gives a specific example regarding cabinets. “I mean, really what is going on where I am allowing my one or two year olds free reign around the house and they are opening up the cabinets and figuring out a way to open the cleaners and then drinking them without me noticing? Same thing with locking the toilets. Why not just close the bathroom doors? And are my kids getting a hold of paper clips and jamming them in the sockets without me around? All this baby proofing was going to be a pain in the ass, and seemed pretty unnecessary.”

Because of the additional work that would be required to baby proof, Brooke and Troy decided it may be easier to just pay attention to the kids and actually parent them. “We talked it over, and decided it could be better for the kids in the long run if we just paid attention to them and were actively involved with them as parents,” said Troy. “I mean, we have a big house. It would have been quite a process to baby proof that thing. Plus, this way it will kind of force us to stay involved with them as parents, instead of just letting them move around unsupervised for minutes at a time, knowing they are probably okay because of all the baby proofing.”

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