9 Ways to Toddler-Proof Your Christmas Tree

From posh to practical, we've got the best tips to keep your tot (and your tree) safe and sound this holiday season.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

Paper and yarn ornaments are festive and totally toddler-safe.


Anyone with a toddler knows that silence sure isn’t golden. Adorn the lower branches of your tree with bells so you can hear when your little one is admiring the O Tannenbaum a little too closely. Every time a bell rings, a toddler is probably up to no good. 


Keep curious tots at bay by wrapping large empty boxes and creating a blockade. It’s pretty and functional. If you’re not all Martha Stewart-like, forget the pretty paper packages and use a baby gate instead.

Fake it

Forgo the hassle (and cleanup) of a traditional tree with a simple washi tape tree. Make the boughs as simple or intricate as you’d like, but don’t forget the garland

Tabletop tree

Opt for a smaller tree and keep it up high, away from curious little hands. You can add all the glitz of traditional trimmings while your little one admires safely from ground level.  

Holding down the fort

A tipping tree is a legit fear. Try wrapping bricks in gift wrap (because pretty) to secure your tree stand.

Go minimalist

A simple ornament-less tree is chic and on-trend. If you can live without twinkling lights and old-timey trinkets, this alternative is safe for toddlers and quite pretty.

Get on up

Remove lower branches so dangling baubles or lights are out of a toddler’s arms-reach. Parenting win!

Shatter-proof ornaments

Shatter-proof ornaments will let kids be kids without the worry of a bajillion pieces of broken glass everywhere.

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