BabyBoy turned one a few weeks ago. He's crawling and walking around furniture... and, oh yes, moving furniture if it's in his way.
We have an open floorplan. Great for the light and space, not so great when you're trying to contain a very active child in the family room. Preferably with the family.
We have a Pack 'N Play, and we do use the playpen part for short periods when we have to
do laundry run to the bathroom. Problem is, he screams bloody murder the entire time he's in there, which stresses everyone (and all three cats) out.
We've constructed a few different barriers over the last two weeks to try and contain BabyBoy in the family room. A combination of the Pack 'N Play and a wide baby gate worked at first, but he quickly learned how to push the gate aside after watching us do it. Next, we tried using a baby seat in front of the gate... that only slowed him down a little. Now, we're using two toy bins that are almost twice his size, and yet, BabyBoy will work and work until he can push them out of the way and make his great escape.
We've actually watched him sit and study us as we go in/around/over whatever the barrier is, and a few minutes later, he's over there doing the same thing himself. DH says that he watched BabyBoy following his Big Sister in the kitchen, and after watching her, he knew exactly where to pull to open the cabinet doors. I foresee him becoming one of those kids who takes apart the toaster, just to see how it works. Mark my words.
In the meantime, I'll be trying to figure out how to contain him somewhere. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!