Open Up! Brushing & Flossing My Toddler’s Teeth

We went to the dentist today for my daughter’s cleaning appointment.  She is not yet 3.5 years old and didn’t get her first tooth until she was almost 2 years old but she has been to the dentist 3 times already, which seems excessive to me.  But our dental plan covers a cleaning and check-up every 6 months, and so while I question whether such frequent dental visits are necessary, I take her anyways for peace of mind.  Our hygienist and dentist both mentioned that these initial visits were really for relationship building and for establishing good dental habits.

toddler getting teeth cleaned at dentist

So far so good.  My daughter was a trooper and got a reward in addition to a goody bag with a toothbrush of her choice (she picked Nemo because of the colors), a floss sample, and some travel-sized floss and kid’s toothpaste.  She was also entered into the monthly raffle for being cavity-free.

dentist goody bag

While my daughter didn’t get her first tooth until she was almost 2 years old, my friend’s baby was born with teeth.  When did your baby get his or her first tooth?

Typically, babies get their first teeth between 5 and 10 months old.  These primary teeth are sometimes called milk teeth because of their white color and are pushed out and replaced by the permanent teeth at around age 6.

The Importance of Primary Teeth

Caring for these primary teeth is important because they are just as prone to captivities as permanent teeth, and even though they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth, they help baby chew, speak more clearly, and serve as placeholders in the gums for the permanent teeth.  If the primary teeth fall out prematurely, the permanent teeth may drift into the empty spaces, potentially making for a very crooked smile. So open up wide!

Our dentist had recommended practicing dental hygiene even before the first tooth and clean our baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or an extra soft baby toothbrush.  Then when she gets her first tooth, to start brushing with a small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste until she is able to spit well.  But by the time my daughter got her first tooth, the guidelines must have changed, because our dentist recommended using fluoridated toothpaste from the get-go.

Getting a Toddler to Her Brush Teeth

Our dentist also gave some suggestions on getting my daughter to brush.  Most revolved around keeping the experience light and fun:

  1. singing a (silly brushing) song and incorporating the song into the routine
  2. letting my daughter pick her own toothbrush and or toothpaste
  3. playing brushing with her favorite toy
  4. allowing her to brush our teeth first
  5. playing copycat or follow the leader
  6. try brushing and flossing as early in the evening as possible before she is tired and fussy

When my daughter was young she was like most kids who want to mimic adults, so getting her to brush her own teeth was easy since I had always brushed in front of her.  But getting her to let me brush her teeth was, and still is, a battle.  Some parents would be appalled that I’m still brushing her teeth for her but our pediatrician was a huge advocate.  I encourage my daughter to do almost everything she is capable of, and had initially protested his recommendation because she actually does a reasonably decent job at brushing.

Our pediatrician stood firm and said with conviction that caring for her teeth is something that is too important for potentially well enough because that means it’s also potentially not well enough.  That sold it for me.

I felt it was personal for him as he said he was admonished by his dentist for letting his now 5 year old son brush his own teeth.  I couldn’t bring myself to ask him if his son got any cavities when he brushed on his own.  Anyway, he is promoting assisted brushing until age 6 (and possibly age 10 for flossing).

Our routine now is she gets to brush her own teeth first, and then I floss and brush it again for her.  And if she was really good letting me brush, she gets to use the mouthwash.  That girl loves doing whatever mommy does.


These are some of the first few toothbrushes she had picked out herself.  She had no idea what Monster’s Inc. or My Little Pony was at the time but had wanted an electric toothbrush like mommy’s.

kid's toothbrushes

I now use the 360 brush by baby buddy exclusively because it’s just much easier and quicker to clean her teeth.  Proper brushing requires a 45 degree angle.  This is hard to attain without twisting the wrist and practically impossible to achieve with a squirmy toddler.  The 360 brush has extra dense bristles all around so as long as I can get the brush in her mouth, we’re golden.  I also like that the soft bristles all around means I don’t need to worry about accidentally hurting her gums as much as I did with the regular toothbrush designs.


360 brush = Best Toddler Toothbrush Ever! Ever!


As a compromise for no longer letting her choose her own toothbrush, and using the 360 brush, we use toothpastes in all her favorite colors (yes, she has multiple favorite colors).


Our dentist had said that not flossing wasn’t an option for us because my daughter’s jaw is so small that her teeth are crowded and super tight (sigh…braces down the road?) while most toddlers tend to have spaces and gaps between their teeth (a very good thing since these primary teeth are space holders for even bigger permanent teeth).

Fun Flossers


We got a sample of these fun flossers the first time we went to the dentist and they seem to clean more effectively and are easier to get in between her super tight teeth than the traditional string floss so we’ve been using these for my daughter ever since.  Her next dentist visit is in December.  Let’s hope everything is still good then.


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Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Toy dog wearing glasses with patch for lazy eye

Lazy eye is when the brain favors one eye as vision develops in infancy and early childhood leading to decreased or loss of vision in one or both eyes. Both my daughter and I have lazy eye, which I now know tends to run in families. As much planning as I had put into my pregnancy, birth and care of my daughter, I hadn’t thought at all about my lazy eye and the potential of passing it onto the next generation. The Mister had joked that his offspring would be born already wearing glasses because of his severe nearsightedness but neither of us had made any cracks about my lazy eye that wanders and sometimes make strangers think I’m staring at them out of the corner of my eye and strike up conversation.

ortopad eye patches - outer space

The brain may unconsciously favor one eye over another for example if there is a muscle imbalance between the eyes affecting tracking coordination or if vision in the two eyes are significantly different. My lazy eye is from muscle imbalance. My daughter’s lazy eye is most likely from having much more astigmatism in one eye. There are other reasons as well such as limited vision in one eye due to cataracts.

Sometimes signs of lazy eye may be obvious like a wandering eye as in my case, or that the eyes do not appear to be aligned, but lazy eye may not be apparent without an eye exam as in my daughter’s case.   According to the Mayo Clinic, all children between 3 and 5 should have a complete eye exam.

Depending on what is causing lazy eye, it may be corrected with some combination of glasses, contact lens, eye patches, eye drops or surgery. The earlier treatment is started, the better, so I really regret not taking my daughter in for more comprehensive vision testing sooner.


My daughter was prescribed glasses to correct her astigmatism in the weaker eye. The hope was that in correcting the vision imbalance, she might begin using both eyes equally.

She has a small head so we had trouble finding glasses with a proper fit. Most frames have three numbers printed on them; lens width, bridge width and temple arm length in millimeters.  I found a useful infographic online so I put it at the bottom of this post in the resource section.

blue and pink glassses with hearts

We ended up going to 7 different optical stores and was considering buying the frames online when she suddenly said “those ones” and pointed to these pink and blue frames while we were still outside the final store. I thought I heard music in the air.

blue and pink glassses with hearts

While these frames weren’t covered by our insurance and they were a little large, we felt that her liking the glasses was most important for two reasons. First, to increase the likelihood she would wear them and second, to minimize the risk of her taking them off and abandoning them somewhere.

Please note that while this post is NOT sponsored, there are some affiliate links in this post.  These were just products we had success using and wanted to review and share for information purpose.  I am not giving any kind of education or medical advice (I won’t know what’s what).  Please consult your health care provider (pediatrician, physician or ophthalmologist or optician etc.) for diagnose, treatment and medical advice.


Since the frames were a tad large for her tiny face, and it did not have a nose piece, we got these sticky pads for the bridge to help with the fit. It doesn’t look good but she says it’s more comfortable and the glasses slide down less often so I would say they work well.


These came in a 10 pack so I took two for my glasses since I always have a problem with them sliding down my nose too, and I agree, they are comfy.  I am oily so I might need to use a new pair every few weeks.  They have a sticker on one side so they are easy to stick onto the glasses and I was able to reposition them several times until I got the fit right.  Unfortunately that mean it is uneven on the glasses.


Silicon nose Piece



The optician had highly recommended chums to help minimize losing the glasses since she is only three. There are some days where she keeps taking them off but in general she is good about keeping them on because they do help her see better. She loves the chums however because it helps distribute the weight of the frames from her nose and ears to her head and it keeps the glasses from sliding down her nose.

Kids Chums

They come in so many colors and patterns but I choose the two pack in blue because it was a good value and my daughter’s favorite color is blue (in addition to pink and green).

navy blue chums


Some chums reviewers noted the chums were hindering their kids from taking off their glasses and putting them back on (e.g. to wipe their face during a sports game) and so I also purchased these rubber ear pieces as well in case the chums prove too much of an obstacle.   But since she seems happy with the chums, I never tried them on her glasses. I put them on mine and love them since my nose is relatively flat and my glasses tend to slide down so I will order a larger size in clear for me.




Often times, the proper treatment will improve vision in only weeks or months. However, despite 6 weeks of diligence wearing her glasses constantly, her weaker eye still appears to be weaker and so we have started patching for 6 hours a day.


Patching is when the stronger, good eye is covered, encouraging the use of the weaker eye to stimulate it. Her follow up visit is in 6 weeks and I am hoping for the best. Luckily she is still having a good sense of humor about all this and walking around saying “I’m a pirate, argh, shiver me timbers” which comes out as “argh, shiver my tumbers” half the time and cracks me up. I love her.

Baby Pirate

Photo Credit: Katrinaelena


We are currently using the medium sized glitter Ortopads but since she will only wear the blue mermaids, and with enough persuasion, the green lady bugs, the rest are mine to wear just to keep her company.  The patches come to around $0.40 each, so that’s not an ideal scenario.

Mermaid and Ladybug

The ophthalmologist’s office gave us these three on the most recent visit and she liked and wore all three styles.  They were waaaaaaaayyyyyy less sticky too so they was much easier to remove.  The problem is I haven’t been able to find them for purchase.

ortopad eye patches - boys

So I just ordered these (non-glitter) ones with the hopes she will like more than just one pattern out of the whole box.

Oh boy, it is tiring when forcing the weaker eye to work. I get nausea too. After just a few hours I feel like I’ve been working out so I give my daughter extra hugs and kisses for being such a trooper. I noticed quickly that my daughter’s depth perception is slightly off and her peripheral vision is poor when her good eye is covered. For example, she might stick her spoon of food into her cheek by accident or clip the door frame when walking through the doorway, so I make sure I hold her hands when we go up or down the stairs.


I wanted to share three tips that I had picked up and used with some success from Amazon reviewers:

  1. Stick patch on the back of your hand first to reduce it’s stickiness. I do this every time for my daughter’s patch but it still ends up stuck on tight by the end of the day.
  2. Remove patch after baby or child is asleep. I hadn’t planned to use this since my daughter has enough trouble falling asleep as it is and I do not want to risk waking her, mad at me, but one night she fell asleep with the patch on so I removed it while she was asleep.         Amazingly she didn’t wake and barely flinched so on the nights she is willing to sleep with the patch on, I wait until she is asleep to remove it. It saves all of us some tears and grief.
  3. Use oil or Vaseline to help lift the edges and reduce the patch’s stickiness for removal. I need to use oil or Vaseline to rub around the patch’s edges before she would let me remove the patch.

OrtoPad sticker eye Patches for Lazy Eye


I also got these patches to place over her glasses frames. It came 6 in a box but other than accidently losing some, I’m not sure why we need so many since they seem perfectly reusable even if very flimsy.  The unwrapped patch in the picture has been reused for days and had been put on, taken off, put on, taken off numerous times and despite a few wrinkles, still looks and works fine for us.  I guess they could get dirty easily or get lost.

Lazy Eye Patch for Glasses

I’m not sure why some of the reviewers said it was hard to put on the glasses but because my daughter’s frames are small, it only takes me seconds and so I find these eye glasses patches very convenient.

The ophthalmologist had recommended the sticker patches over the glasses patches so my daughter won’t be able to peek or cheat but I got the glasses patches anyways so that when we’re out and about, I can easily use these to maximize her patched time.  For example, I can just pop these on her glasses for the car ride and then take them off at the destination whereas I can’t quickly remove the sticker patches from my daughter’s face because it hurts her. I can rip the patch off my face with no problem but she is still young and the skin around her eye area is extra sensitive.   She is also probably not oily like me so instead of the patch coming lose over time as my patch does, her patch seem to get more stuck as the day wears on.

blue eye patch for glasses

Here is my daughter’s toy dog baby modelling her glasses.  Despite how cool all the different patches look, I really hope she doesn’t need to be patched any longer than the 6 weeks.

Toy dog wearing glasses with patch for lazy eye

References and for additional information, check out these links:

Mayo Clinic: Lazy Eye Basics

Medical News Today: Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Rehealthify: (YouTube video) Amblyopia Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & More…

Zenni Optical has a cool infographic on how to understand frame sizes:
What Are The Best Eyeglasses For Your Face Shape? - Infographic

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Pregnancy challenges and cravings

Have you read Charlie’s post about her three pregnancy challenges?  I, too, got leg cramps, but not to the extent that she did.  Ouch!  These were my pregnancy challenges and cravings…

I had a relatively painless pregnancy, well until the end anyway, but that’s another post to come…. This easy pregnancy was surprising to me because I am a high stressed/easily stressed person.  Given my personality, I thought I would have a tough pregnancy, but I didn’t even have high blood pressure the entire time.

Being pregnant wasn’t like what I’d seen in the movies.  I didn’t have bad morning sickness (except for one minor episode).  I had some nausea in the early months, which was easily cured by snacking, which in turn helped the constant hunger I felt.   You don’t know how many times I went to bed, after I had brushed by teeth, feeling like I wanted something to eat.  Most of the time I resisted and just went to sleep hungry.  A couple of times, I asked my husband to get me a snack and I ate in bed – a no no in my books on a regular day, but being pregnant I thought I would give myself a break.  😉


I didn’t have majorly weird cravings.  No desire for pickles on ice cream for this lady.  No siree!  I did have an affinity for spicy foods, and seemingly an increased tolerance for it because whether it was curry or kimchi, it wasn’t spicy enough.  Whatever I ate just didn’t seem as flavourful as it used to be.  Maybe the extra spicy foods I ate is why my daughter turned out so sassy – total opposite of me!

My husband claims that I once had a craving for jalapeno cheddar bagels from this particular coffee shop chain one morning and sent him all over the city to get it for me.  Truth be told, I merely suggested it for breakfast.  Turns out, the closest shop to us was closed due to renovations after a fire and he had to go across town to the next closest one.  Took him an hour to come back with breakfast.  It was very sweet of him, but I would’ve lived if we had something else for breakfast.  🙂

My major pregnancy woes were the constant tiredness and restrictions.  Let me explain.

Constant fatigue

I felt like I had a cold the whole time I was pregnant, and I did for a good four months.  I was tired, ALL THE TIME.  I went from sleeping at around midnight to being in bed by 9:30pm.  Just like that, I turned into an old lady (no offense to those of you who sleep early).  Though I was tired and fell asleep easily, I often woke up in the middle of the night, sometimes due to leg cramps and sometimes to use the washroom.  Other times, I would wake at 3 or 4 am and have trouble falling back to sleep.  During those times, I took the opportunity to update my Facebook status or message friends on the east coast, who were already up and getting ready for work.  Good use of time wouldn’t you agree?   Later on in my pregnancy, it become even harder for me to sleep because of my big belly, which made me wish I had invested in a pregnancy pillow.  Do those things help?


Two of my biggest weakness are coffee and….baked goods of course.  They go hand in hand, right?  I thought I would have a tough time cutting back on the caffeine, since I usually drink more coffee than water, but it really wasn’t that bad.  Maybe the early bedtime helped.  Even though I knew I was allowed 2 cups a day, I usually only drank about half a cup.  I have since more than made up for all the coffee I could’ve had but didn’t. 😉


Being in a higher risk group for developing gestational diabetes, my health care providers advised that I cut back the on the sugar intake.  I had to cut the sugar out of my coffee, which wasn’t difficult since I wasn’t drinking much anyway.  But cutting out baked good was extremely difficult.  I used to bake a lot.  And although I usually say I bake for my husband, I probably end up consuming more of it then he does.  I have a major sweet tooth.  I even had to cut back on some fruits because of the high sugar content. 🙁


I also had trouble trying to eat healthy and getting enough of the right fats, nutrients, vitamins, yada, yada, yada…. It was hard enough for me to keep track of when to take my prenatal vitamins and iron and calcium supplements, let alone making sure I ate enough of the right foods.  Why does it have to be so complicated?  I mean, what did people do in the olden days when there weren’t prenatal vitamins, etc, and they had to worry about more important things like not being eaten by a dinosaur?  But I digress.

What were your pregnancy challenges?  Did you have any strange cravings?



My 3 Unexpected Pregnancy Challenges

Mother’s Day is less than a month away and so we wanted to share some of the milestones and challenges on our journey to motherhood.  Overall my pregnancy was easy and everything had gone smoothly but, I faced 3 challenges that I want to share:  leg cramps, anemia, and limited access to care during the Christmas holiday season.


Overall I had an easy pregnancy- no morning sickness, no excessive mood changes (I think), no real back pain, and only slight swelling despite 60+ lbs weight gain at the highest (I actually lost some weight in the third trimester). But. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious.  Were the leg cramps horrible! I didn’t know leg cramps were common in pregnancies (they are, particularly in the 2nd trimester) so I hadn’t expected them which made the first episode worse than it was because it scared me as much as it hurt.  I was worried the cramping was a sign that something terrible was happening and I was going to lose my baby (again).  

They were so frequent too.  Almost every morning when I woke, I was greeted by an excruciating one. Anytime I tried to stretch, hello leg cramp.  In a meeting at work? Cramp.  Whenever I got to a good part of a movie? Yikes. Trying to eat lunch or dinner? Cramp and cramp.  Sleep? Nah, it’s cramp time.  I cramped so often that my legs were constantly tired and hurt like I had a really good workout.

They were so frequent that I couldn’t risk driving to work (or anywhere).  When it was a severe cramp, which it often was in the 2nd trimester, the muscles in my leg (never both at the exact same time) would knot/ lump up and be rock hard and I would almost be immobile until the cramping stopped so I was worried that I would get into an accident if my leg cramped while I was driving.


  • Staying well hydrated
  • Eating a calcium, potassium and magnesium rich diet (e.g. spinach, banana, yogurt, lentils, nuts & seeds, avocados etc.)
  • Wearing compression stocking or socks (support hose)
  • Stretching (shin and calf muscles in particular) and exercising
  • Resting and taking breaks often (even from sitting or walking or standing)

I had originally dreaded wearing compression socks, also good for reducing swelling, because I had ignorantly thought they would look ugly, but there are compression socks that look just like regular socks.  There were a large selection of compression socks with fun prints too!


  • Running water down leg in the sink or shower
  • Standing/ walking barefoot on a cold surface
  • Straightening leg and flex toes  
  • Applying heat (heat pad)
  • Massaging

Running water down my leg helped me the most while straightening my leg and stretching during a cramp sometimes helped but sometimes made it cramp worse for me.



Just went my legs stopped cramping as frequently, either due to my efforts above, or just because I was now in my 3rd trimester, my memory and concentration started to get notably terrible.  I had thought maybe pregnancy brain isn’t just a myth.  Turned out I was anemic, despite watching my nutrition closely on a daily basis.  Ensuring I got enough of everything was partly why I had such a big +60 weight gain.

My obgyn sent me to a hematologist who recommended iron supplements and B12 injections.  Luckily my legs were no longer cramping frequently because I had to drive to the hematologist often during my last trimester.  After the initial 3x a week B12 loading doses, I still had to return weekly for the B12 injections.

I still got blood work every six months after giving birth because I had decided to nurse my daughter.  When I stopped nursing, I also stopped monitoring my blood and last month, when I got a routine check up, I found out I was anemic again and made me worry about my daughter (since we have a similar diet) and I saw that it may affect IQ in children so I switched her multivitamin to one that includes iron too.


I was supposed to get weekly B12 injections but the month before my due date, I was unable to find anyone to administer it.  The hematologist I was seeing had gone on vacation and I couldn’t get any appointments with the doctors covering her.  Getting care only got worse from that point.

My baby’s due date was right around Christmas, and at the beginning of December, at the 37 week visit, the obgyn said she was concerned that my baby will have a low birth weight (~6lbs) and referred me to a mfm specialist.  But after arriving at the mfm’s office, the receptionist insisted I had no referral.  I persisted so an assistant briefly talked to me- to advise me that the mfm can’t see me, but she had describe my situation to the mfm, and both she and the mfm felt that due to my size (only 5’3”) a ~6lb baby would be normal, not low or concerning, especially since fetal weight estimation by ultrasound had a 15% margin of error in 85-90% of cases.  They do not believe I require mfm care and won’t set up any appointments for me.

I didn’t tell her that I had overheard her conversation with the mfm.  I also didn’t tell her that she neglected to relay the part where the mfm’s opinion was that my obgyn was just trying to dump my care on her since it was the holidays.

When I went back to my obgyn, I suspect the mfm’s opinion was correct as my 3 remaining weekly obgyn appointments, made a few months in advance, were all cancelled without my knowledge.  It was impossible to reschedule as no more appointments were available.  As a result, I had no prenatal care or checkups for the last three weeks until I delivered.

These 3 challenges aside though, I was very lucky and had a relatively smooth and easy pregnancy.  What challenges, if any, did you face in your pregnancy?



NOTE:  Please note that there are some affiliate links in this post; these were just products I had success using and wanted to review and share.  This post and blog are for information purpose only.  I am not giving any kind of education or medical advice (I don’t know what’s what).  Please consult your health care provider (pediatrician, physician, obgyn, mfm, hematologist, etc.) for diagnosis, treatment and medical advice.


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Broken Foot

image“One of the biggest risk to children her age is drowning.  Make sure your toilets are child proofed, and if you have a pool, never leave her unattended around it.  And child proof your house or watch her closely so she doesn’t fall from climbing up high” her pediatrician told me at my daughter’s 36 month visit.

I thought quietly to myself: toilet, ewww, check; no pool; and how very lucky I am that my preschooler doesn’t try to climb things or often engage in rowdy play.  I must have jinxed it.  Or she just hadn’t reached that milestone yet (there is a self-destruction one right?)

Late Saturday night, just three days after the visit to the pediatrician, while standing less than two feet away from me, she accidentally slips off the edge of the overly soft mattress (which is ironically on the floor to minimize the risk of her falling from the bed).  She was standing about three inches off the ground and her foot slid down along the edge. She never even fell down but she cried so hard that I knew she was in pain and had a sinking feeling.  I just didn’t realize how seriously serious it was until the next morning.

After wiping away her tears and calming her down enough to ask her where it hurts, I put a bag of frozen peas on her foot, told her that sleep will make her get better quicker, and tucked her into bed.  The next morning however, as quickly as she jumped up, she sat back down and told me her foot hurt.  It was at this point I started to really worry.  She won’t put any weight on her foot so was it strained, sprained, or broken?

It’s Sunday morning – should I take her to the emergency room at the Children’s hospital? But it hardly seems an emergency. There was slight bruising and swelling at the top of her foot but she didn’t flinch when we pressed and prodded.  Urgent care? But they probably won’t have x-ray to rule out a broken bone.  After a quick mad Googling session on strains and sprains and broken bones, we decided to wait until Monday to see an Orthopedic.

Until then, we followed RICE to minimize swelling:

  1. Rest
  2. Ice
  3. Compress
  4. Elevate

To prevent potential further injury I carried her all day to her delight and by evening I started to wonder if she was just feigning pain for the care and attention.  But on Monday morning, when I snuck downstairs while she was still sleeping to get her snacks ready for the trip to the Orthopedic, she woke and instead of coming down to look for me, she was crawling around upstairs crying so there was no doubt the pain was real.  The x-ray confirmed that her foot was most likely broken in at least two places.

She was fitted with a boot and we started giving her a calcium and vitamin D supplement and offered even more calcium rich foods like milk, broccoli, oranges, quinoa, cheese and yogurt.


The first few days she stayed off her booted feet.  Less than a week later she was using it for tap dancing.


Yesterday was week 4 and we took her for her follow up appointment and the new x-ray showed a massive healing response.


Again, she held a straight face when the doctor prodded and examined but she reached out to hold my hand and told me it really hurt later when we were alone.  She is still avoiding putting weight on her foot. The doctor offered cute stickers to distract and lure her around the room but she limped and hopped on her good foot so she needs to wear the boot for at least two more weeks.

Side note: An office staff walked by and mentioned how clean her boot was and it made me secretly giggle; if only they knew I wiped down and disinfected her boot at least 3 times a day.

If I wasn’t there for the accident I would never have believed how easy it is to break a bone.  There wasn’t much we could have done to prevent this incident but right after we got home, we added additional child proofing to prevent any of the ones we could.

I don’t really invite people over anymore.  How do you child proof a home without making it look ugly and everything frustrating to use?