The demands of caring and nurturing a tiny human being can be overwhelming. Imagine parenting on your own without a partner. That's why we tip our hats off to single parents like actress Karen delos Reyes, who has been sharing her journey as a solo parent to eight-month-old Gabriel Lucas.
On her Instagram, Karen shared a series of photos and videos of her fixing and babyproofing her son's play area. She is seen in the footage assembling a baby gate and working with tools like the drill while talking to her son (not on cam).
"I started babyproofing the house this week, I know it's late already because Gabriel Lucas started crawling three months ago," Karen admitted. According to her research, babyproofing the home should be done three months before your due date. Ideally, parents should do a crawl test.
Karen humbly apologized for her shortcomings. "But it's better late than never!" the first-time mom said. "I fixed his play area by putting foam wallpaper (iwas bukol) and by installing a baby gate," she shared.
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Her efforts gave birth to the hashtag "#KarenCarpentera" as her followers praised for doing a good job. When one mom commented that single moms can do anything for their child, Karen replied that any mom, single or not, would do everything for her child.
Babyproofing is the act of making sure a curious toddler is safe to explore his surroundings. You set up a safe space where the little one is free to play and explore. That means eliminating hazards such as electrical outlets, sharp corners by covering or cushioning them or by keeping areas like the staircase out of your toddler's reach.
Here's what Karen installed in her baby's safe play and naptime area.
Bonjour Baby's Mix-and-match Playmat comes in different colors sets. Unlike the usual squares, this 40-piece triangle mats (it has clean edges) can be combined to create at least 20 unique patterns to suit your room or space. They're non-toxic and made from quality EVA material. You've seen mats like this from moms Saab Magalona and son Pancho and Pauleen Luna-Sotto and daughter Talitha, among others.
Baby gates aren't just for stairs anymore; they can also be used as a playpen fence, just like how Karen used this Chelsea Hallway Gate from Dreambaby. The gate swings both sides and automatically locks in place. It's easy-to-install and can be opened using one hand, which is perfect for moms carrying toddlers. It's versatile and can fit any space, too, with added extensions. Just make sure to follow installation instructions strictly.
Available at Ace Hardware, True Value, AllHome, Wilcon Depot, and Baby Company branches, and online at Lazada.
This portable nifty baby bed makes co-sleeping safer the before. It can be used as a baby bassinet placed in between parents at home or when the hotel you're staying at doesn't have a crib. It can also be an accessory in a toddler's playpen. It uses a breathable fabric sheet that comes in various designs. The bed can be adjusted to fit a baby's size (it's also perfect for newborns!).
Karen's iwas-bukol baby hack is to place 3D removable foam decal stickers. It comes in 5mm or 10mm thickness, They're highly elastic and soft to ensure bumps will not hurt. It also helps make the room soundproof. It's waterproof, so it's quick to clean. The decals also do not contain harmful heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury) and have no smell. It's also so easy to install; just peel and stick to the wall!