I know, I know, I usually don’t touch baby stuff… but since we talked about couchless living, and I found out a lot of y’all love bean bag chairs, I figured you might love to know of other uses for those squishy seats. Offbeat Mama featured a post about baby-proofing with beanbags and it’s one big ‘ol “great idea” post for those who have kids, or those who entertain kid visitors:
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. And we could move them aside for additional seating on movie nights.