One of my earliest childhood memories involves a Christmas tree. I was three years old; my little brother was just shy of a year. Along with our two-year-old sister, we were crawling into the corner where our parents had placed the artificial Christmas tree. My sister and I made it out the other side without incident, but my baby brother, last in line, knocked the tree down. It hit a lamp, and the trunk of the tree snapped in half.
The Christmas tree had been up less than 48 hours, and my brother has never lived it down.
When my kids were toddlers, I remembered that day. I relegated our Christmas tree to the playpen for several years. We used a Superyard Safety Gate system, and it was big enough to hold the tree and sturdy enough to keep toddlers off the branches.
My friend Aimee, who is a mom of 7, has a different approach to keeping her tree safe from crawling babies and curious toddlers: she puts it on a table. The photo above is Aimee’s tabletop tree for this year.
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