Shout out to all the mamas out there. I AM EXHAUSTED. No don’t touch that, no get away from that, no that will hurt you…all day long. I guess it’s time to babyproof. If you are anything like me, you are annoyed with your kid CONSTANTLY (and I mean constantly) touching the buttons on your Xbox, DVD player, DirecTV or Dish box, really anything on your media center. I know I am sick of it. Especially when he figured out how to push the buttons and had the TV going on and off. So what did I do? I started brainstorming on ways to babyproof it.
Plan A – You can get a new media center with cabinet doors, but then they learn how to open the doors and you have to babyproof that. Plus media centers aren’t cheap. I didn’t really have the money in the budget to get the one I wanted. So onto plan B.
Plan B – A shelf. It’s simple, easy, and always out of reach until they become teenagers and are allowed to push buttons. WHY did it take me 2 months of my son pushing buttons to figure it out? No clue…but now it is fixed and is one less thing I have to worry about.
All I did was go to Menards (or any close by home improvement store), went to their shelving section, and grabbed a 4’ x 12” board and two shelf brackets. At Menards they even sell the boards in whatever color you want. In total it cost me just under $20, but if you want to keep it even cheaper go to their lumber section and grab a board. Use whatever paint or stain you already have at home!
After that, I just cut a notch out of the back for the cords to hang down, found the stud (yes my husband – to hold the shelf while I hang it – and the studs in the wall), and screwed it in. The thing that takes the longest is disconnecting each box, then reconnecting it correctly. I recommend doing this while your kid is asleep so that you don’t get interrupted and forget….also take a picture on your phone as backup.
No special wood cutting tools? No problem! I used a hand saw because the reciprocating saw and I can get out of hand. I’m talking cut all the way through the board and have to buy another board out of hand. Cutting a notch in the board is really easy and it doesn’t have to look pretty (I know mine doesn’t!). I found the middle of the board and made a line an inch from each side which makes my notch 2” wide. Next I used a hand saw to make a cut down about an inch on both lines I drew. Now how to get the middle piece out? Let’s say start on left cut mark , just move about ¼” toward the right and make another cut straight down about an inch, then keep doing this until you reach the cut mark on the right. It looks really weird I know, but at this point just take a hammer and knock those pieces out. I sanded it down and TADA the notch was made.
Now onto figuring out how to babyproof the toilet and toilet paper. Clark has already tried to eat the toilet paper more times than I can count. What is their fascination with it anyway….