A few weeks ago, two-year-old Anna discovered the power button for our computer. It’s actually kind of amazing that she didn’t notice it before – it glows a lovely light blue color when it is on. Pretty glowing buttons make keeping toddlers away from power buttons nearly impossible!
Like most toddlers, Anna enjoys learning about cause and effect. She was thrilled to discover that, when you push the button once, it turns blue. Push it again, and it turns black. So exciting!!!
Unfortunately, I was much less excited. We don’t have a good hiding place for the computer tower, and I don’t enjoy having my computer turned off in the middle of photo editing. One minute Anna would be playing happily on the floor next to me. Then that little light would catch her eye, and she would stand up, walk over, and turn off the computer. I suppose she was being green.
Around this same time, the PR people of the awesomely moldable glue, Sugru, contacted me. I had written about Sugru before; was I interested in trying it again? I saw the solution to my problem, and said yes.
Once the Sugru arrived, I used the silver grey color to build a small fortress around my power button. You can still access the button from the back, but nobody sees the light any more. Anna did a double take the first time she saw it – that’s how I got the photo above. Sugru turns into a rubber-like substance as it dries, so it’s a pretty solid barrier and very securely attached to the computer tower. She hasn’t paid any attention to it since she did that first double take. Some kids would still get into it, but at least this way the pretty button is hidden from view!
Do you have any innovative baby proofing hacks to share? The people who lived in our condo before us also had a toddler, and when we moved in they had left packing tape over the locks in the bathrooms. Apparently, their son had been locking bathroom doors. I thought the packing tape was a pretty good solution!
What mischief does your toddler get into? Anna is pretty mellow – all three of my girls have been. She does get more destructive if she is hungry or tired. Johnny used to take just a couple bites out of every piece of fruit on the kitchen counter, and I decided to graduate him from his beautiful heirloom wooden high chair because he could climb up the side and then stand on the tray by the time he was ten months old.