Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Childproofing the Baby Monitor


The baby monitor was a constant point of confusion for me.  Not how to work it, but where to place it. Since we have a video monitor, I wanted it close enough to the crib that I could actually see Ashlynn (especially when she was younger and started rolling over in her sleep).  However, in both her first room and current room, we didn't have a shelf or dresser nearby for placement.



When she was a baby, I had actually just hung the monitor from a nail over the end of the crib.  I knew I would have to revisit this method when Ashlynn could stand, since it was low enough to be batted around.  Luckily we moved before we hit this milestone.

When moving into the new house, I had two options - once again hanging it from a nail, higher up, on the wall, or buying a shelf for placement.  The other issue was the outlet.  The outlet closest to the crib was behind the crib.  And since we had dropped the mattress, the outlet was completely accessible from inside the crib.

Here is how I worked around our little issue...



First, a bunch of you noticed our little corner shelf.  I picked this up at Lowes for probably $10, I believe it's Allen & Roth and found it in the closet section.  I was planning on painting it the same color as the well so it wouldn't stand out so much, but I never got around to it and it doesn't really bother me much at this point.


It did come with the little wooden pegs to cover the screw holes, but I decided to not use them as I know they have a tendency to fall out and I didn't want that to become a choking hazard, especially with the crib so close by.



To secure the the cord to the wall, our Summer Infant monitor came with these great child proofing cord clips.  They have double side tape on the back and basically work like a command strip.  I placed them on the baseboard and made sure to run the cord through tightly so it can't be played with or tugged at.





Then I invested in a Safety 1st outlet cover.


And the inside shot, the cover has a wrap to shorten the cord if necessary.



The rest of our outlets are either blocked by the little plastic plugs or the sliding covers, but since this would have the cord plugged in, I didn't want her pulling at it while sitting in her crib.  And smart thinking, because for a month straight she would play with the boxed cover.





Did anyone else have a crazy work around to get their baby monitor in a safe place?


11 comments:

  1. So clever!! We'll need to do something like this soon as Ethan's is sitting on the shelf and the cord is totally exposed. Very hazardous! This is such a great and cute solution! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Natasha! We definitely had to come up with something since the plug was basically in the crib with her! I'm sure you'll find a great solution for E's!

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  2. We are now at the point we need to do something and this looks perfect!! Great thinking, I'm so glad you posted this!'

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  3. I have a similar situation - there is a dresser right next to it but it isn't the right height (and now that Luca can stand, he could certainly reach it). We just have it set up across the room for the time being. I'm not keen on putting a hole through our wallpaper, so I'm looking into whether we can hang it on the wall using 3M command strips...

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    1. 3M Command strips are great! Love those things!

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    2. I was inspired by you and mounted it last night! The 3M strips worked! Of course, the plug for the camera is too fat for the outlet cover (we have the same one as you) so I'm going to have to use a power bar or something, but so far I'm really happy!

      Thanks for giving me the push!

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    3. That's so great! I'm glad you found it helpful, makes me happy I'm not just talking to myself hehe

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  4. Thank you for taking the time to create a post about this...
    It's exactly the type of thing I may have skipped over years ago, but is so timely now! We had ours tied with a ribbon over the crib rail, but those days are over now that our little one is reaching and squirming around.

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    1. This blog's content has definitely changed, LOL! Things were so easy before the moved ;)

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  5. OMG I love this set up. I will have to look into doing something similar!

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