I can't deny my loving daughter, who we have nicknamed "La Garra" (the claw), gives lots of love and has nifty hand skills. A few months ago we were at a friend's house and she lunged out of my arms to grab a lonely glass of merlot that was sitting quietly on the table. She hooked on and tossed it onto the ground. Did the merlot deserve it? Maybe yes but nonetheless the glass and its mommy juice saw its demise.
Then a few weeks ago we were in a packed elevator and my daughter swiped a pair of glasses off of a fellow elevator goer. Fortunately we saved the glasses from an early and untimely death. My wife and I justified her behavior by saying something stupid like maybe she has a thing for Prada. The foolish man and victim on his face along with the passengers laughed at what they thought was a cute move from an adorable girl.
However, the other day my wife and son went for a walk and I stayed back with my daughter. I decided to get on the computer and try to get some work done. Click clack I hear behind me. I look and there is my daughter with the child safety outlet cover in her claw. I thought to myself maybe she wants me to put it back in being that I use the outlet as my phone charging outlet from time to time. So, I tussled, got it out of her hands, put it back in its place and turned back to work. Click clack I hear behind me again. I look and there is my daughter with the child safety outlet cover in her hands again. Wait a minute I think to myself. Isn't this supposed to be a child safe item? My daughter is only 11 months old. I sometimes struggle to take it out. So, I tussle with her again, get it out of her hands, push it firmly in its place and sit back and watch. Within a second I see her with my four eyes and hear her with my own 2 ears click clack. 5 times later I finally run to get my video camera to prove to my wife I am not making this stuff up.
Now before you watch the video I recorded I want to stress that I did research (after the fact) and apparently Safety First Press Plug Protectors gets 1 star for there are several other child geniuses (I had no clue) in the world that render this a product FAIL. I know my wife and I should have done better research and luckily I can sit and make light of my daughter's claw and Jai like genius in a blog post but why in HELL does this product still exist? If you are a parent and you are reading this please please please don't buy this product... Even if you child isn't a genius like mine.
2/21/2012 04:08:58 am
I didn't even bother with those since I heard similar story before. We just try to keep bite sized things away from the little guy. :)
2/21/2012 04:51:53 am
I agree but why are they allowed to be sold still?
2/21/2012 04:17:48 am
Yes they really should not be allowed to sell a product promoted as a safety device when it gets such a low rating. Don't products like that have to meet minimum standards? Have you looked into alternate solutions?
2/21/2012 04:52:53 am
Yes we have flat ones that she can't get to but this company has to be stopped.
2/21/2012 07:09:44 am
That is so dumb, how is a product calling itself a product when it doesn't even accomplish what it's supposed to do?
2/21/2012 08:36:43 am
2/21/2012 11:29:32 am
Not good, I would file with the Consumer Protection Agency. As for you Jai, you are soo in for a ride Papa!
2/21/2012 11:48:59 am
Paul thanks for the advise. I think you are right on both points. Especially the second.
2/21/2012 01:20:40 pm
There was a sense of achievement in her eyes. Amazing
2/21/2012 03:06:22 pm
I saw that too. :)
2/21/2012 05:23:58 pm
i would file a complaint, if I awere you. However, we live in a house with stairs and found that the safest thing was to teach our son how to go up and down them - about an hour after initialling a stair gate I found hi swinging on it. Scary stuff!
2/22/2012 12:18:45 pm
Wow that is scary. We have since switched the cover but man it's annoying that the company exists and probably thrives.
2/22/2012 12:17:35 pm
Hey Bax... Maybe we can start a claw proof outlet covering company???
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