I’ve always been a big fan of the beanbag chair. It’s great for snuggling while watching TV, sprawling out solo with a good book, chilling with a pet, starting conversations at parties, breaking physical barriers between people, and easy to move when it’s time to vacuum. You can even take a beanbag camping with you and lounge under the stars in comfort. A good beanbag chair can make a room feel fun, casual, playful, and cozy. Turns out, beanbags also make awesome baby-proofing.
Our daughter walked pretty early at 9 months. She was mobile but super tiny, and definitely didn’t have the cognitive abilities to understand some of the boundaries we wanted to set around our entertainment equipment. We thought it prudent to avoid that fight completely and block her access. However, we found no good baby gate solution. Then I remembered the two giant beanbags we were storing for a friend, and a baby-proofing strategy was born.
It was perfect! The baby loved to climb and play on the beanbags — improving motor skills and mobility with built-in crash pads. I had somewhere comfortable to sit when I wanted to get down to her level. We spent lots of time reading books in a beanbag. Occasionally I would put her in one for a nap, knowing she was in a squishy bucket of safety. She couldn’t touch the television or the entertainment system, and if we wanted to watch a show we could easily see over the beanbags. We could move them aside for additional seating on movie nights. Older children liked the beanbags too: jumping into them became a favorite activity, thus entertaining visiting kids and also tiring them out.
For your own beanbags you may be able to find them sold in stores for reasonable prices, but it there are also lots of DIY beanbag tutorials on the Internet. This is a great project for using up scrap fabric, or a good excuse to hit the bargain fabric bin. You can also use spare or thrifted bed sheets or even thin blankets.
Have you used beanbags in your baby-related decor?