My parents tell stories about when I was a baby and toddler I'd ride on their lap in the car, or crawl into the hatch of our VW bug and sleep. Seems outrageous now doesn't it?
When Kellen was born, ten years ago, car seats were required and beyond that baby proofing might mean Baby Gates at the top of the stairs,Cabinet Locks on the cabinets with dangerous or breakable items, and maybe plug covers on the outlets.
Now there are so many child safety gadgets on the market I have to wonder if maybe we've gone over board a bit. Parents could spend a small fortune on all the gadgets that promise to keep your child safe. Do we really need a toilet paper lock? Or knee pads for crawling babies? Or a fridge lock?
Call me old school, but I tend to think a few bumps and scratches are just fine. There is no possible way to protect them from everything, and it is part of the learning process. Unrolling the toilet paper seems to be a toddler ritual, and unless you have to call a plumber in for a clogged toiled, does it really hurt anything? It actually is kind of funny.
Safety is important. We all want to keep our children safe, but like all things in parenting or life for that matter there must be a balance.