Nothing will make your heart go from soaring to sinking faster than getting all of your Christmas decorations on and around your Christmas tree only to turn around and see your toddler making his or her way up the tree. You may even question whether or not putting a Christmas tree up is worth the five hundred times you will have to tell your toddler to quit touching it. Fortunately, you can decorate your home for Christmas without thinking about giving your toddler to a circus. In fact, here's how to make sure your Christmas tree survives your toddler.
The Actual Tree
When it comes to the actual Christmas tree you purchase, you have a few different options to consider:
- Opt for a smaller tree, and put it completely out of your toddler's reach
- Opt for a short tree that isn't going to hurt your toddler if he or she knocks it over
- Opt for a traditional tree and anchor it to the wall it can't be knocked over
Decorating the Tree
Again, you have options when it comes to decorating the tree. However, what course of action you will want to take will depend on whether or not your toddler has access to the tree.
When Your Toddler Has Access to the Tree
If your toddler will have access to the tree, you should only purchase ornaments that are unbreakable. Your toddler will knock ornaments off of the tree, and this way, they will not break. You should also make sure none of the ornaments have sharp edges either. In fact, children's toys make great ornaments for a tree your toddler has access to. If your toddler happens to get an ornament off the tree, you don't have to worry about him or her running off with it and getting hurt.
When a Toddler Doesn't Have Access to the Tree
If you want to decorate the tree exactly how you want to decorate the tree, you will need to build a fortress around the tree. This should be a barrier that your toddler cannot penetrate. Safety gates wrapped around the tree can work wonders. Just make sure your toddler cannot knock the gates down or climb over them.
The Power Source
As you are finalizing things, remember to make sure your toddler cannot get to the outlet you are using to power any lights you may have on the Christmas tree. Place large furniture in front of the outlet or put the tree itself in front of the outlet.
As you can see, you have a lot of options to consider when it comes to decorating a Christmas that can survive the wrath of a toddler. With this information in hand, you should have no trouble decorating your Christmas tree the way you like it with whatever holiday decorations for sale you find.