Hello, this is Simon.
I have a daughter who is almost 11 months old now. For a long time since she was born she couldn’t move anywhere. My wife and I and we had no worries. However, a few months ago she started rolling on to her stomach, and from then it was only a matter of time before she started crawling around getting into all sorts of mischief. We realized we would have to baby-proof the house…
Proof is a suffix which is added to nouns. It means: to give protection from a particular thing. For example: Fire-proof is protection from fire, and water-proof is protection from water. Baby-proof is different though. It doesn’t mean protection from babies, it means protection for babies (i.e. to make a place safe for babies).
We started by padding the floor. This was for safety, but also for the neighbors. My daughter had started kicking the floor when she got excited. Around a week after she’d started, the building management company called everyone to say there was a thumping sound traveling through the building. They didn’t know which apartment it came from, but it had been going for about a week. After we padded the floor, there were no further calls. I guess our soundproofing worked.
Now, several months have passed without incident. These measures seem to have worked well and my daughter appreciates them too. The barricade is fun for her. She can hold on to the bars and shake it while shrieking at the top of her lungs. She looks like a prisoner demanding to be released from her cell.
Every day she is discovering new things to pull, drop, push over, and of course chew. We are beginning to wonder though. As we continue to baby-proof the house, do we need to think about protection for babies?
Or, from babies…
Hello! My name is Simon.
I am from New Zealand, and have been living and teaching English in Japan since 1999.
My hobbies include movies, playing the guitar, gardening and hiking.