Good Questions: Keeping the Cats out of the Cradle

Good Questions: Keeping the Cats out of the Cradle

Janie Lee
Mar 5, 2008

Reader Cate dropped us a note: Dear Ohdeedoh, We are about to welcome our first baby in May and have a dilemma: How will we keep our three other babies out of the nursery and crib - i.e. our cats! Our nursery will be pretty modern (see attached pic) and the only solution suggested to us thus far is putting a screen door up - which is unsightly. A baby gate won't work, as the cats are pretty agile jumpers. Our house is small, so we don't feel that leaving the door closed all the time is a good solution, either. Any thoughts on a hip way to address this issue? Thanks!

Dear Cate:

What a great question. Lots of us have pets but when dealing with agile and curious cats, you've got to be creative. Here are some great tips from eHow on ways to discourage cats from snooping around baby's crib including tossing several balloons in the baby's crib to scare the cats. Or try spraying the baby's mattress lightly with a mixture of water and lemon juice, or soak a few cotton balls in lemon juice and place them in the baby's crib as cats apparently hate the scent of lemon.

If all else fails, how about crib tent like the one pictured above? Admittedly not the most attractive but may be more palatable than a screen door.

Ohdeedoh readers - any other suggestions or solutions for Cate?

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