One glance at Abby Plested's blog and Instagram, and you'll fall in love with the gorgeous photos of her home, filled with white furniture and vibrant pops of color. But in her picture-perfect house, it's hard to believe little ones live there, as you won't set see sure signs of childproofing. Turns out, the 23-year-old New Zealand mom has a reason for that.
In an interview with Stuff.co.nz, Plested revealed she doesn't need to babyproof.
“Don’t babyproof. Let them learn and they won’t do it again," the mom, who has a 3-year-old and 3-month-old, said.
For instance, she has a large cactus plant in the house that adds a funky aspect she likes to the space. She didn't remove it or put a barrier around it. Instead, it became a lesson.
"Houston touched it once and he will never go near them again. Trust me," she said.
To be clear, Plested thinks there is a need for some babyproofing tips. She checks mirrors, cupboards and shelves to see if everything's properly secured. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, the department has reported at least 33,000 injuries and 489 fatalities from 2000 to 2015 associated with associated with television, furniture and appliance product instability or tip-overs.
But, to Plested, some people can get over-the-top with ensuring every part of the home is completely safe.
“I have never put baby gates up in my home or stairs because I think it’s important for the baby to learn boundaries without these," she told Daily Mail Australia. “Yes, it means you have to watch your baby more but you are most likely doing that anyway."
The one thing she won't ever buy?
"I would love a glass dining table, but it's just not practical with two young kids. All the stickiness and fingerprints would actually make it look far worse than its potential to look good," she tells Stuff.co.nz.
So far, the reactions to Plested's unconventional methods have been mixed.
"Not babyproofing is such a good idea! I can attest to that. It's overly expensive and completely unnecessary. Children are much more sensible than we give them credit for and they're ridiculously quick learners," one mom agreed.
But others think it's a bit dangerous to neglect full babyproofing, depending on the house.
"Touching a cactus is no big deal and they will soon learn not to do that," another writes. "But some houses do need babyproofing in my opinion and it would be pretty irresponsible not to."
And that's the thing: Deciding on whether or not to babyproof your home, and to what extent, really depends on the house and the children.
"In retrospect, babyproofing our home was a process, not an event. We didn't need to go crazy with it, decking our home out with an elaborate system of gates. We just needed a little common sense, and a keen knowledge of our particular kid," writes mom.me contributor Lynn Shattuck on why she barely babyproofed.
If you're still unsure about whether or not your home is ready for baby, check out our expert articles on 7 lesser-known household dangers for newborns and other babyproofing ideas you probably haven't thought of yet.