Surviving Christmas with a toddler can be a challenge. A nice looking tree with a toddler around is easy if you take a few simple steps. I remember all the steps and criteria for a well dressed tree from my days at Bullock’s, one fatally so as a Christmas Shop Manager, so I know how to do it. A toddler simple requires a little revision. All that bright shiny twinkly stuff is a huge temptation. Let them at it but with some safeguards.
- Put the tree in a playpen to keep them yanking it apart when done.
- Buy shiny unbreakable ornaments they can put on the tree. Do the lower half of those onrmaments within their reach
- Keep the fragile Radko and similar above their reach
- Use LED bulbs which burn cool compared to the old minatures and c7 bulbs…just in case they get through the barricades they still cant get injured
My grand is 2 1/2 and we found this was a much easier solution than yelling “no” all day. Also they feel quite proud of helping put it all together so its a win on many levels.
I may get brave and try him on Christmas cookie making this year. What harm can come of giving a toddler colored sugar and sprinkles?