By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKBabies fall. A lot. It's part of their charm, really. How adorable is it to watch your little one walk with Frankenstein-arms outstretched, wobble for a full five minutes, and then land on his well-padded tushie? Of course, it's not so cute when they take a header into the coffee table and end up with a giant goose egg.
a report on MSNBC, parents are taking the opposite approach and instead baby-proofing their baby -- by making them wear helmets as they learn to crawl and walk.
Somewhere, right now, my mother is laughing herself silly as she waves a picture of me as a toddler walking barefoot through a playground with an asphalt surface and rusty metal equipment with so many exposed nails they had a tetanus shot dispenser right next to the hand sanitizer. Of course I'm kidding: There was no hand sanitizer. My mom once accused me of trying to bubble-wrap my kids. Which of course is ridiculous, because then they'd suffocate. Or choke on it. Or get poisoned by the carcinogens. Otherwise, I might have. But while I am much more protective of my kids than my mom was of us (seatbelts, what?), even I had to wonder about the wisdom in the "Thudgard" baby helmets. (Not to be confused with medically necessary helmets that some children wear to correct skull deformities or other problems.)
Related: 34 Best Beauty ProductsTrue, the time I watched my two-year-old fall off a bench at Costco and smack her tiny head right on the concrete floor was one of those heart-stopping moments of motherhood that I will never forget. But at the same time, falling off stuff is part of being a kid. On the other hand though, does it hurt anyone if a parent puts a helmet on their kid?
How protective of your kids are you?
-Kids learn by making mistakes, even if they get hurt. Free-range kids!
-I baby proof what I can and then try not to worry about the rest.
-Helmets are overprotective parenting at its worst.
-Helmets aren't hurting anyone and they may save a baby from a serious injury.
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