It only takes a second…

How often do we hear a parent on TV saying

“I only took my eyes off him for a second….”

Words like these often form the lead in to a story about a tragedy that could easily have been avoided.

So, why am I telling you this??

This morning Seth took a tumble down the stairs, no damage was done save for a bruise on his otherwise perfect face.

No doubt this will be the first of many scrapes, bumps and bruises that he will incurr on the perilous journey to adulthood.

Last weekend we bought a gate for the top of the stairs from Babies Galore at Westfield Hornsby.

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At the bottom of the stairs we have a big wooden barrier that slides into grooves on the wall and banister, it is extremely effective but a bugger to open and close, especially with the bub in one hand and the barrier in the other, it is also easy to forget to put it up when you bring the little guy down in the morning ( or after a nap ).

This weekend we’ll be popping into Babies Galore and picking up another gate for the base of the stairs, it’s much easier to remember to close a gate and we should be able to avoid any further stair diving from the little guy.

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