“How lovely are your branches…”
That brings us back to the playpen we don’t have. Did you know that some parents put their Christmas trees in playpens to keep their children away from them? To be perfectly honest, we would rather do away with our beloved Christmas tree altogether than do that. Nevertheless, we did our research and asked other parents what they do to stop their tree from falling on their child. From placing the tree on a raised table to tethering it down, there were plenty of ideas. Then, before we knew it, it was 23 December and we simply put the tree in our living room – straight on the floor, without any straps or screens and held in place by the Christmas tree stand alone. And yes, it was a beautiful tree! Our son, who by this time could stand but preferred having something to hold on to, agreed with us.
Again, we let him discover it for himself while always ensuring that he could not get himself into a genuinely dangerous situation. Of course, we didn’t have any real candles on the tree, instead opting for fairy lights bearing the GS mark , and did not hang any glass baubles on the lowest branches. This is what worked for us, and we’re planning to do the same thing this year.
… Santa Claus is coming to town
While handing out the presents is the highlight of any Christmas, parents once again let their wildest fantasies run riot at this point – from strangulating ribbons to gift bags pulled over the head. Although we are confident that we are well aware of all these risks, we are very keen to make sure that the toys we buy do not pose any hazards. They need to be non-toxic, safe, and suitable for children. We are hardly qualified to judge whether our purchases meet these criteria. That’s why we look for the test mark when shopping for toys.
For tips on buying toys for children, watch this video (only available in German language)
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