How to Baby-Proof a Bookshelf

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Introduction: How to Baby-Proof a Bookshelf

In the kitchen, we have a series of low bookshelves full of cookbooks.  Our baby finds anything organized irresistible, and loves to pull the books out of the shelf.  Beyond creating unnecessary entropy as she unpacks the books, some of them are quite large, and might smash a finger.  So, I child-proofed the books in place with old bicycle innertubes.       

See how I built the bookshelves!

Step 1: The Problem - Child Grabs and Pulls Books

Here's the problem in action.  She's going to try cooking something from the French Laundry!

Step 2: Innertubes Hold the Books in Place

With bicycle innertubes tied around each shelf, we can still access the books, but baby cannot.  This solution has now endured two months of attacks, and she hasn't managed to get a single book out.  In fact, she likes pulling on the innertubes so much that she now usually ignores the books in favor of twanging the giant rubber bands.



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Do you use nails, screws or tacks to secure the inner tubes to bookshelf?
P.S Thanks so much for this great tip.

Also, chest of drawers need to be bolted to walls. Years ago, when I was pregnant, a child in the city suffocated from a chest tipping over from him climbing. Ours were attached before my child was born, even though my husband thought I was being over protective.

this is such a wonderful idea! I had a quesion - what size of bicycle inner tube would you use for a smaller bookshelf? i have one that is about 24"x10X? i purchased one just to try it out but unfortunately the carrier misplaced my package and i just want to confirm this before I purchase again.

Would a 24 x 1.90 -2.35 /32 mm valve be enough or overkill or do i need to get something bigger?

clever

looks toddler unproof though...

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cute baby

wle

What is this instructables about? I can't take my eyes away from the beautiful baby.

Thank you thank you thank you! I have been searching all day for something like this. We've secured the bookcases so they don't fall, but I couldn't find anything on protecting the books from the baby!

do not forget the book self falling on the infant and the books falling on the infant you need to protect it from