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And Then There was 1 (Place Left to Contain My Toddler)

Photo credit: Meredith Carroll

I suppose we could always install one of these in the kitchen

It was a sad day when we got rid of our Exersaucer last spring. Not because we would miss the large object that dominated our small living room for the better part of two young children. But because it was somewhere I could put my little Peony without worrying she could get into mischief, fall and break something on her body, or otherwise get underfoot.

It’s not like Peony is a gremlin or anything, but moms needs some relief from even the sweetest of toddlers.

However, relief is now fewer and farther in between. That’s because we got rid of her high chair this weekend. Which means we only have one place left to put her where she can’t escape.

That would be her crib. But even the crib’s days are numbered, I fear. My older daughter jumped out of her crib at 20 months old, which is when we switched her to a bed. If Peony follows suit, that means we have a mere six months left before she has free reign of the house.

The high chair still fit Peony perfectly, and she enjoyed being it. The problem was that she figured out how to stand up in it, and, you know, that’s just plain problematic. At some point when the high chair was washed, we opted not to put the straps back on, which means there was no way to harness her into the high chair, which means she could stand up in it AND potentially fall out of it. Not a risk we were willing to take.

She’s the sweetest of the sweeties, but Peony is just getting into everything these days. And for some reason, she doesn’t appreciate being stuck in her crib when it’s not nap or bedtime. Which means she’s just there — as in, everywhere — pretty much all the time.

It could be worse, of course. But it’s just a shame that it’s not a wee bit better.

Photo credit: Meredith Carrol

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