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I forgot to baby proof the office — FranklyStein

CFtesting1WIt’s been a long time since I’ve had a toddler.

I didn’t realize that until this week when we had a group of mom’s into the office for a baby product review column we are starting next month. Called Baby Booty, the reviews are going to be a weekly blog on the website beginning in June and a column in the magazine beginning in July. If you are expecting a baby or have one, keep an eye out!

In any case, a group of six moms came to the office to check out baby products and give some feedback, and with them were a passel of tots ranging in age from 3 months to 19 months. I guess I hadn’t thought much about the mom’s bringing toddlers so I hadn’t baby proofed the conference room. Oops!

I forgot how curious and busy a group of toddlers could be. As soon as they were unstrapped from their strollers, they started getting into everything I should have put away. One little boy found the phone stashed on a low side table and started ‘making calls.’ A little girl wanted desperately to play with the dry erase markers left on the windowsill but fortunately, couldn’t get the tops off. A cute little boy got hold of a camera remote and dumped it in a watering can which, luckily, had no water in it. Meanwhile, the mom’s talked and checked out the cool products laid out on the table for them.

After awhile, I snuck out of the room and shut the door behind me, leaving our columnist to do what she needed to do. One little girl saw me leave and spent the next 10 minutes trying to open the door and get out herself.

“Aren’t you glad your not in that place anymore?” a coworker asked as we watched the mayhem through the glass door from the safety of our desks.

Yes. Yes, I am.

I loved my kids when they were little. They were heartbreakingly cute, but it was so exhausting — especially when I got together with my friends and their kids. They would fight over toys, push each other, cry and get into things they shouldn’t.

One time at playgroup, Adam got into a cabinet in my friend’s dining room and dumped a whole bottle of paraffin oil onto the rug. They never could get it out. It’s amazing we are still friends. Another time, the whole group of toddlers managed to dump out every game, puzzle and bin of junk stashed in the host’s playroom. It took nearly an hour to clean up the mess.

So watching these kids took me back and helped me to see that even though my life is crazy now, it’s a different kind of crazy. And there’s no way I’d trade this crazy for that crazy.

It was good that the kids came, though, because they cleared out some of the products that had been piling up on my desk. Be sure to tune back in June to find out what the mom’s thought of the rubber sippy top that that fits over a glass to turn it into a sippy cup, a bracelet that changes color when it’s time to reapply sun block, a mattress pad made of all organic materials, neoprene booties that help tots learn to walk and much more.

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BreakFAmFranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.


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