How to place a busyboard safely? Where are you gonna put it? Don’t let these questions set you back. Let’s see what choices you have, and pick the one that’ll work best for you.
First of all, where do you put a busyboard? I’m glad you asked.
How to place a busyboard: which area is best?
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The outdoor is a lovely option. Think backyard or porch. It will limit the busyboard usage to the warm season only, though, so consider if it will work for your area.
Second, you have to decide what mounting option is the best for you and safest for your child. The busyboard is a close-to-reality toy, it needs a proper installation that will provide safety and convenience for the little user.
How to place a busy board: which way is the safest?
1. Put it down on the floor – OK
Will work for the little babies, who do not stand yet. Do it if you have a heavy board, the one that baby cannot drag all over the place. While allowable, this option requires you keep a close eye on the play. The horizontal surface brings in special fun. Kids tend to pull in other toys, from cars to dolls, to add to the busy board. It turns into an amazing obstacle course for matchbox cars, while action figures find their way through the hardware maze.
Emir was mesmerized with the little platform on the piano hinge that I made the other day. He took a little man and he was getting this tiny ‘door’ open and close, open and close for 30 minutes in a row. Guess I missed the perfect opportunity to teach him some foolproof knock-knock jokes.
2. Lean it against things – RATHER NOT!
Only allowable if the parent is around, and make sure it doesn’t slide. Try putting it on a big pillow, for instance, as we did during Frankie’s first birthday.
It is usually the temporary method that parents use before they mount the board to the wall. Even if it’s the case, the baby only should play under your full control. Otherwise, put the board securely away.
Mobile busy boards have their benefits, such as, well, mobility. When older kids build a fort or a spaceship, they can grab the board and make it a control panel or a magic dungeon door. However, if your baby is still far from building forts, unmounted busy boards are generally less safe.
3. Make it stand – OK
This is a good solution. Just keep in mind that it still can flip over. Also, you’ll need to store it somewhere. Yet I love this model for the additional dimension. I’d bring in the small toys and build a train tunnel through that busy board!
All stand-alone options have one “con” in my opinion, which is taking a LOT of your floor space. If your place allows – go for it. Just make sure your baby has several square feet around for a comfortable play.
4. Mount it to the wall – THE WINNER!