All those bright and shiny lights and ornaments on your Christmas tree simply call out to young kids to touch them. But, it can be dangerous to have your little one pulling on the tree, from breaking ornaments to knocking the whole tree over.
If you are looking to toddler proof your Christmas tree my best recommendation is to buy a good quality Christmas tree gate for toddlers. This also works great for mobile babies as well as even keeping most pets away from the tree as well.
Using one of these gates around your tree ensures that your child won’t be pulling on ornaments or branches and risking not only ruining the tree but also getting hurt.
How To Toddler Proof Your Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree Gates For Toddlers, Babies, And Even Pets
The best Christmas tree guard for toddlers is a large baby gate or playard that can be conformed into a circle around the base of your tree. You may already have one of these gates or you may want to invest in one as they are versatile items to have with young children.
The great thing about these gates is that not only can it be used for child proofing your tree but can be used to block off large areas of your home such as by the stairs or a fireplace or even become a blocked off play area that can be used outdoors or indoors.
Here are two of the best large baby gates to consider for your tree.
Regalo Super Wide Gate and Playard
This large gate comes with 8 configurable and removable panels that can either be configured into a circle around your tree or positioned in front of a corner tree blocking it from your child.
When enclosed it will be able to cover 19 square feet and when positioned in a line it reaches 192 inches.
It can be free standing is you don’t want to mount it for child proofing your tree but it can also be mounted if you are going to use it for other areas of your home such as the stairs.
There is a safety locking design with a really convenient walk through entrance, which will come in handy if you are going to be using it to block off an entire room.
It’s made of all steel so it’s super durable and stable unlike some other cheaper plastic baby gates.
Then when you are ready to remove the Christmas tree guard you simply just fold flat and it can be easily stored without taking up a bunch of room.
North Star Superyard 3-in-1 Gate
What is great with this gate is that you can choose from the 6 panel or the 8 panel option.
If you have a larger tree you may want to go with the 8 panel which gives you 19 square feet around. If you have a smaller tree in the corner you may be able to get by with the less expensive 6 panel option which gives you 10 square feet.
It can be freestanding but it can also be mounted if you plan on using it for other areas besides just during the holidays to protect your tree.
It has a swinging walk through door panel for the convenience of parents but the double locking features makes it toddler proof.
Between this gate and the one above from Ragalo you are getting a great Christmas tree gate that is also super versatile and can be used for so many areas of your home. You definitely will get your money out of the gate.
3 More Ways For (Baby) Toddler Proofing A Christmas Tree
If you want something different than one of the Christmas tree guards above or you want to be able to have a toddler friendly Christmas tree without putting a large gate in front of it, here are three more ideas for you to consider.
Make A Christmas Tree Fence With Large Gift Boxes
This baby proofing idea works best when you place your tree in the corner so you only have the sides and front to block off.
For this you’ll need a few large boxes that are big enough to essentially block your toddler from being able to touch the tree. Fill those boxes with some heavy items you have around the house so that your child can’t easily move the boxes or knock them over. You can fill them with books, clothes, or whatever you have to be able to hold them in place.
Simply wrap the boxes in your favorite heavy duty Christmas wrapping paper to incorporate them into your holiday decorating. You can tie bows around them or whatever other little accents you want to coordinate with your Christmas tree decorating.
Place the boxes strategically so that they completely block off the tree but still look like they are just large Christmas gifts under the tree.
If you have a climber in your house, this option may not work that great for you. They will simply just climb the boxes to get to the tree and that can be even more dangerous. If you have a baby or you have a toddler that doesn’t tend to climb things all the time, this option may work well for your home.
To give you a better idea, check out this Christmas tree gift box fence from Love From The Oven.
Include These Child Proof Christmas Tree Ideas Into Your Decorating This Year
If you don’t want to have to block off your tree from your toddler with a gate or gift boxes then you should still take precautions to have the most toddler safe Christmas tree possible.
First, consider anchoring your tree to a wall or even the ceiling to help prevent it from being knocked over by a young child. You could use something as simple as fishing line attached to an anchor on the ceiling or wall to help stabilize the tree.
You also need to choose your ornament placement wisely. In fact you may want to consider avoiding any breakable or valuable ornaments at all on the tree this year. If you are going to have breakable ornaments make sure they are only at the very top of the tree, where little hands can’t reach. And remember that toddlers can climb and jump as well so you may want to only put them on the very top branches, higher than you think your child can reach.
Another thing to remember about using breakable ornaments is that even if you anchor your tree, ornaments can still fall off with branch shaking or your child falling into the tree. So even if the ornaments are placed on the higher up branches they could still possible fall and break.
Lastly, consider foregoing the metal ornaments hooks and instead use ribbon or string to hang all your ornaments this year. If your toddler can hold of an ornament off the tree, the metal hook could cause injury especially if it was stepped on.
Choose An Alternative Toddler Safe Christmas Tree
If you don’t mind changing things up this year, consider using an alternative Christmas tree this year. You definitely don’t have to do this every year, but it may be a good idea when you have older babies or toddlers who you know will get into trouble with a traditional tree.
The first alternative tree idea is a felt Christmas tree for toddlers. You can make your own felt Christmas tree if you are crafty and have time or you can check out Etsy.com and find all sorts of great felt trees including some really creative felt ornament collections as well.
The felt Christmas trees are meant to be played with by a young child. You can hang it on your wall and they can re-arrange the decorations every day if they like.
You can also have one of these felt Christmas trees in addition to a traditional tree to help draw your toddler’s attention away from the regular tree.
Another Christmas tree alternative is to simply go with a tabletop Christmas tree instead of a normal 6-8 foot tree. With a tabletop tree you can keep it out of your toddler’s reach and still be able to have a regular tree decorated for Christmas.
The only thing to consider is if you have a space where you can place the tree away from your toddler’s reach.
Or you can even consider just placing it on the ground and getting all toddler safe Christmas ornaments that you don’t mind if your child touches them.
Putting up your Christmas tree and celebrating the holidays should be a fun and happy time, but if you have a toddler or young baby you know that it can also be stressful.
You can still have a great Christmas and keep your child safe with a toddler proofed Christmas tree. Choose from the popular Christmas tree gates or even go with something different for these years and simply enjoy the holidays with your little one.