How to quickly child proof your surfaces – without spending a fortune!

Babies are clumsy, careless and fearless when it comes to trying out their new found mobility. They’ll happily balance on the edge of the sofa, crawl straight off the bed or walk right into the coffee table! If you go through the toddler stage without an injuries, bruises or bumps then you deserve some sort of parenting medal, but let’s face it, it’s going to happen…however, there are ways we can help prevent these misfortunes!

There are plenty of devices out there to help you keep your child safe, corner cushions and the like but, to be honest, they are expensive, still quite hard if fallen against, and, if you child is anything like mine, they’ll be picked off in no time! Fireplace guards are also good, unless you have a very small living room like mine, and again, they can be quite costly. So armed with a few pounds, we headed to B&Q to make our own, here’s what we bought…


Yes folks, pipe insulation. 82p for a roll and you’ll need around 3 for an average fireplace. You’ll find it outside in the builders section of B&Q. Great to play sword fights also.


wide-heavy-duty-double-sided-tape-50mm-x-50mtr-14316-p[ekm]309x320[ekm][1] Some double sided sticky tape. It’s best to get the heavy duty stuff. Usually in the painting area with brushes and the likes. Costs £5 in B&Q but is much cheaper online


ice-cream-with-flake[1] Ice-cream. Not essential. But it was a nice day and strangely there’s always a van outside B&Q! (Sadly, it didn’t look like this one.)

 Here’s the very easy, four step method…

ONE – Prep the surface, this works really well anywhere hard surface kiddies can walk/crawl into or fall against – so fireplaces (we have 3 in our old Victorian house…nightmare), coffee tables, dining room tables, drawers etc. Give them a good wipe and allow to air dry.

TWO – Wrap your insulation roll around the desired area and cut to size, a pen knife is great for this is just goes straight through the foam. Cut it both lengthwise and also don’t forget the opening slit allows you to trim that area too in order to get a snug fit.

THREE – Snip your double sided tape and space evenly around the area to be covered so that its positioned where the foam will hook on. Leave the upper part of the tape attached until you’re done with this. You could apply it along the whole surface but really isn’t necessary.

FOUR – Remove upper part of tape, hook insulation pipe over and stick to tape, hold firmly for a little while until the adhesive takes affect. This might sound fiddly but actually isn’t really as the insulation pipe is very bendy and malleable.

And that’s literally it. I’ve found it does the job better than anything else, our son hasn’t really bothered it and it doesn’t look so bad either as it just blends in. Plus it’ll be very easily removed when he can be trusted! Here’s some pics of one I done earlier.

Celebrity Babies and Social Media

You can’t buy any glossy mag at the moment without another celebrity with a new baby or pregnancy announcement – there seems to be a constant baby boom amongst the rich and famous! Little do these little bundles of joy know they are going to be spoilt beyond their wildest dream and treat to all the best toys their hearts desire!

Attitudes towards celebrity babies differ, I personally don’t follow celebrity culture, and I’m not particularly bothered about paying good money to see their Mini Me faces plastered all over the latest OK magazine. Yet some people strive on being up to date with the latest A-listers news! Attitudes within the celebrity world differ too, some celebs are more than happy to keep their baby secret and be paid a high price (I imagine) to release the first photos to the highest glossy page bidder, Katy Price for instance, her children are very much a part of her brand, she isn’t shy about including them in photo-shoots, or her TV programme. Others are the opposite and will take injunctions against anyone who dares ‘pap’ their child, Adele is a prime example, she asserts her son is not ‘public property’ and won a high court case against paparazzi who sold photos of her boys ‘milestone moments’. Then there’s those inbetweeners, those who don’t hide their offspring away but will involve them if its appropriate to do so, celeb chefs are a prime example of this, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey and Nigella have all had their children feature in their shows.

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