Making life easier: kid proofing the entertainment center

sorry for the blurry image!

Our entertainment center is conveniently the same height as Lily making it easy for her to tug at the DVR, Blu-ray player and apple TV devices. My child has discovered buttons and must continuously touch them including flicking the light switches on and off. I don’t mind her touching the DVR buttons if it brings her so much joy. The issue is that the other devices sit on top of the DVR and have breakable parts.

The Blu-ray machine has a flap that she likes to pull down on and she also yanks on the Apple TV device pulling all the wires from beneath- a huge disaster in the making! I knew that the flap would be broken off and possible electric shock from the wires was inevitable unless I found a quick solution. Babies R Us sells TV button shields, however pressing buttons was not the key issue. Even if I tried to place the equipment on top of the console it would still be in fingertip range for catastrophe.

So with no real option I decided to make my own shield to protect the entertainment center and Lily. The shield needed to be plastic so I could see through it and that it wouldn’t interfere with signals from the remotes. I opted for the cheap Target plastic picture frames ($1.99) and Scotch mounting putty to secure them under the DVR.

Three frames were used side by side to completely prevent her from reaching the devices. I started off splitting one putty bar in half and realized that it needed to be doubled to grip the undercarriage of the DVR machine.

two layers of mounting putty

I lifted one corner up as I slid each picture frame in and once I knew they were in the correct spot I lowered the machine down. I applied a bit of pressure with my hands on top to make sure the putty had a firm grip.

The only thing left to do was to test my little contraption…and IT WORKED!! The plastic frames become grubby from her fingerprints and being able to see the putty bothers me a bit. In spite of this I am still a happy camper as it solved my problem in a cheap and easy way!

 
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  1. Desiree commented:
    November 30, 2012 Reply

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  2. Kristine commented:
    December 12, 2012 Reply

    great idea, ive got the same problem, but how do you get into the blueray player?

    • Amy Romano commented:
      December 14, 2012 Reply

      Hey Kristine! You know we don’t use our blueray player that much, we typically rent via OnDemand. But when we have popped in a Barney movie it’s really simple. The plastic shields are attached to the bottom of our Verizon tv box. Our player sits on top of the Verizon tv box and I just slide it out a bit so I can reach past the plastic shields. Sometimes when I’m lazy (that’s most of the time) I leave the Verizon box alone, push the blueray player back, reach around the guard and take out/insert the new dvd…and it works! Lily hasn’t learned how to do that yet!

      If you are wondering how to kid proof your media center send me a picture at lilyandbliss@gmail and I’ll give you some ideas! Hope this helps!

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