The Christmas after my son turned a year old, I bought an industrial-strength Christmas tree. It had built-in lights and decorations. “Soft” and “curved” plastic pine needles. And it was small enough so that my son could attack it, as I knew he would, and it would emerge from the fight completely unscathed (oh and I guess my kid would be unhurt). I searched for this tree for a long time. I spent too much money on this tree.
Because, back then, I didn’t turn to a group of other mums for suggestions. I wasn’t part of the Kmart Mums Australia group, unlike the mum who this week posted, “CHILD PROOF TREE. Has anyone got any hacks for the tree/presents?”
Of course, the community had loads of excellent ideas. They suggested putting trees and gifts in portacots – brilliant, since most parents already have one. Using pet fences. Finding kid-size trees.
And of course, the tried and true best idea: placing a play pen around your exisiting tree.
Yep, that’s right: tree jail.
You could also not make your tree too tempting - hahahaha, as if anything is ever not tempting to children, let alone objects covered in bright, shiny things.