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Posted 1/30/2013 by jalapenette in NSBR Board
 

jalapenette
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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:48:55 PM
So, yesterday I was cleaning up a mess off of the carpet in my 2-year-old's room. As I was scrubbing away, spray bottle full of cleaner sitting right next to me, DS was playing in the room with me. He apparently decided he wanted to see what my cleaner tastes like, so he went around behind me, quietly grabbed the spray bottle and removed the sprayer.

As I was turning around seconds later, I caught him with the bottle in the air and a swallow of cleaner gurgling down his throat.

Now before the poison control alarms go off, relax... it was homemade cleaner. I make my own household cleaner using nothing but vinegar, water, and a few drops of lemon essential oil (safe to eat!). I often say that my cleaner is safe, safe enough to drink... well, today I am grateful for that!

I didn't ever imagine that my toddler would have an opportunity to drink the stuff, because I keep it out of his reach anyway just because I don't want him playing with it. I guess being overly cautious has it's benefits sometimes! Especially when your toddler is way too curious for his own good, lol. I have a regular Curious George.

So, a PSA to other toddler mommies: they do drink the most surprising things!


-Rachelle


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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:50:54 PM
Holy carp! You scared me! I'm so glad you make your own nontoxic cleaning solution.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:52:48 PM
How lucky for you both!

I do remember DS taking a quick swig of vanilla.
He didn't do that again!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:54:03 PM
Oh dear. I thought this would be another one of those posts asking the Peas what to do, lol.
Glad the little guy is okay. I can't imagine how that would have even smelled enticing! Kids...





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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:12:27 PM
I know, I am so grateful it was just diluted vinegar! I keep thinking about what my day would have been like yesterday if it had been anything else...

I also keep wondering to myself, but if I had been using something i didn't KNOW was safe, wouldn't I have been more careful? But the thing is, I was RIGHT THERE. Within arm's reach. Actively cleaning. I didn't leave it unattended, I wasn't ignoring him. He is just too darn sneaky! Makes me want to re-evaluate the baby proofing of my whole house.


-Rachelle


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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:17:03 PM
Please edit your post title. Maybe PSA for moms of toddlers. The way it's written alarms do go off.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:17:51 PM
I had a kid like that. It's a miracle he survived being a toddler. One time he started a fire in my toaster oven at 6:00 in the morning when we were still asleep.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:19:31 PM

I do remember DS taking a quick swig of vanilla.
He didn't do that again!


Vanilla? oh boy, bet that was a shock for him!

Not sure why DS decided to taste the cleaner... but the weird thing is he didn't seem that bothered by the taste. I think he would have taken another swig if I didn't take it away!


-Rachelle


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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:20:16 PM
I don't see a need to edit the title. It certainly got my attention. I don't have toddlers anymore and I don't want to read PSAs for moms of toddlers necessarily so I would not have clicked. But, it's a good reminder nonetheless.
I'm very glad your son is OK! Yes, he must be crafty to get it unscrewed that fast. You'll have your hands full with that one.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:20:32 PM
Jay took a swallow of jewelry cleaner (ammonia and dish soap) when he was about 18 mos old. He walked out of the bathroom with the open container. I French-kissed him to see if I could taste it in his mouth. I could. I called Poison Control and they weren't terribly concerned. He lived. Scared me to death!

Glad your little toot is OK!



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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:23:27 PM
I had one of these toddlers. He scared the heck out of me on more than one occasion. Luckily, he outgrew the devil-dare antics, but he's still a very curious learner at 15.

Never, never leave these kids unattended. Never!

I'm so glad your little guy is ok.


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