Babyproofing Shenanigans


So we started babyproofing slowly from the time O turned 6 months old. I wish we’d started sooner. There’s SO much to be done!

We started with the outlet covers. Easy. Then Hubs attempted to do the drawers in the kitchen but we couldn’t find anyone with an L wrench to install them properly. Then we finally – after many hours of searching – found a gate we liked. We installed it & the following day we were getting used to it and our large tomcat couldn’t jump over it. Hubs raised it to 6 inches off the ground. I was worried O could (somehow) fit under (he couldn’t). Our big boy cat was able to get underneath the gate, thankfully.

Next task? Finding a long enough gate to block off the dining room. This was interesting since we needed something at least 87 inched long. We found something on Amazon that would work but had to order an extension. It came (finally!) and Hubs installed it one evening while I tended to some laundry upstairs. Next thing I know, Hubs comes upstairs to tell me it isn’t long enough – even with the extension! Argh!! Odd part? The measurement Hubs took was inaccurate (it was only 81 inches, not 87) but the gate still didn’t fit. Strange…

Luckily, it’ll work fine if we buy a second extender piece.

The kitchen cabinets are all locked, fridge door secured, bathroom door handles “locked”. All the breakables are put away or set up high. Things are looking up! We’ll see if the extension for the dining room gate works properly & we should be good to go!

Any further suggestions on

babyproofing? Since we’re new at this I’d love to hear what I’ve missed or suggestions on things that should be or don’t need to be done.


Take care, Mamas! -themidwestmama


Healthy Children’s Expo 2014


Our family and some friends attended the wonderful Healthy Children’s Expo in Chicago in early March and we had an absolute blast! I had been to other children/baby expos in the past and was less than impressed. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, but because it was put on by the American Academy of Pediatrics, I had high hopes. Boy, were those hopes met! Not only did the have excellent exhibitors, they offered several seminars and talks on different topics relating to safety (baby proofing), teething/dentistry and general health for kids and moms. We received a lot of informative literature, great samples, freebies, and tips on keeping our baby healthy as he grows.

There were so many great exhibitors who took part in this expo, including:

  • Enfamil
  • Chicco
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Happy Family
  • American Dental Association
  • Family Circle
  • Feeding America
  • Meredith Parents Network
  • Parents

We attended a talk on baby proofing and were blown away by the new information we received. We have read up on baby proofing in the past and thought we were pretty knowledgable on the subject, but there really was a lot of information we didn’t know about. For example, magnets (specifically bucky balls) are a horrendous hazard to littles because, if swallowed, the two magnets can attract one another and cause a blockage in the esophagus, intestine, stomach, etc. I knew magnets in general were bad, but having that happen is scary! There won’t be any magnets around for O to find, that’s for sure!

The best part of the expo? Meeting Heidi Murkoff, the author and creator of the What to Expect brand! She was so welcoming – she hugged us upon meeting, loved on O, talked to us like we’ve been friends forever, and even signed my “What to Expect the First Year” book! It was such a blessing to meet her and connect. She even follows @themidwestmama on Twitter! What an honor.


I would highly recommend attending this expo or something similar if it comes to your area. It was well worth it for the samples and information alone! A wonderful expo I will visit year after year with O to keep up on the ever-evolving information that is childcare/healthcare.

Have you attended this expo, or one similar? Have you met the amazing Heidi Murkoff? Tell me about your experience! -themidwestmama