Ideas to soften edges of MBP for my baby?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kat.hayes, May 17, 2015.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    My 9-month old has decided to do everything she can to jump and fall on my 2013 MBP. I’m a bit concerned because the sides and corners are a bit sharp/hard, so if she hits it, it could be a problem. Does anyone have any ideas for softening the edges/sides? Some type of adhesive, etc.?

  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'd keep the computer out of her reach, otherwise you risk an injury and possibly a damaged computer.
  3. ud7s macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2015
    What the hell? If a baby jumped on my macbook pro I would kill it. You don't need to soften the edges, you need to not allow that... I would recommend you cases but there aren't MBP cases for children that I know of, probably because children aren't supposed to be near MBPs...
    Maybe get a Thule sleeve so the baby can't reach it and scratch or break it when you're not looking.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I can't say this for sure, but I'm guessing you don't have kids.

    They tend to do stuff like that to get attention. I typically don't use my laptop when my kids are up and running around.
  5. MacbookPro2015 macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2015
  6. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Fixed that for you.
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    A 9 month old? They don't jump on laptops to get attention. Heck, at that age most are just learning to stand up by themselves.
  8. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Yeah, that kind of shocked me too. He does know a baby general isn't an object and shouldn't be valued lower than a MBP, right? :\
  9. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I doubt the kid was jumping specifically on the laptop to get attention. The laptop just happens to be there where they landed.

    Either way, my son was RUNNING at 9 months. He's 3 now and I'm pretty sure he hasn't stopped. Unless it was when I blinked. My 7 month old daughter has already taken a step or two on her own.
  10. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
  11. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Get a donor laptop. One you don't care so much about.

    Mine is a HP Pavilion.

    2 daughters, one 6 (fine) and one almost 2 year old who is like a magnet to everything and everywhere she shouldn't be.

    Mac is for my time. Like a Mogwai rarely seen when sticky fingers are around and the sun is up. :D
  12. joecool99 Suspended


    Aug 20, 2008
    Stop babying it.
  13. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Really? Move your laptop out of reach, then look at the rest of your house and review that. We've (parents at least), all had to do this, you don't fix that by covering their world in "adhesive"...
  14. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    How about keeping the laptop an other expensive, easily breakable or dangerous things away from your child? It think its much simpler solution than trying to with the though that your beloved babies (both of them) could be hurt ;)
  15. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Dont do anything

    If they hurt themselves they learn that is the nature of being a baby.....
  16. abta1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Paris, France
    The sensible solution seems to be either:

    a) Don't keep the laptop in reach of your baby or

    b) Teach your baby that the laptop is not a toy to be "jumped" on.

    In either case, you don't need to bubble wrap your laptop.

    Of course, you could always take a sander to buff those nasty MBP corners, but then you'd be back asking why your laptop doesn't work anymore after the baby has performed some elbow drops onto it.
  17. ud7s, May 18, 2015
    Last edited: May 18, 2015

    ud7s macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2015
    I stand by my statement. It would be like killing a cat who destroyed your propriety (though I would never kill a cat), their brains are no more developed and they are even more useless. Since killing it would land me in prison, I'd probably just torture it, but either way my rMBP is worth way more ;)
    Too bad OP is too scared, I mean... Letting a baby approach and jump on your MBP :eek: Then wanting to adapt it for the baby to jump on :eek:
  18. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    What is a 9 month old doing near an expensive laptop? Keep it out of reach or put it away! Obviously baby is trying to get your attention. Give him or her some attention with baby-friendly toys.

    Here is a good read from the Fred Rogers Institute and the National Association for the Education of Young Children about technology and young children: Pretty much keep it limited to appropriate ebooks that you can read together until age 2. Then you can introduce a limited number of appropriate games.
  19. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    we need a new thread

    Post the strangest thread you've ever seen on MR....:p
  20. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Don't leave it where she can reach it. Problem solved and no money spent.
  21. Yester5, May 18, 2015
    Last edited: May 18, 2015

    Yester5 macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My child keeps keeps sticking her head in the toilet...almost drowned the last three times. Any advice on how to prevent this??? BTW, she is 32yrs old...
  22. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Natural consequences.
  23. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    Thanks for the link KUguardgrl13, we do not let the baby interact with the MBP, iPads, phones, TV, etc.

    We bought the baby her own toy interactive phone, and laptop. I even pretended they were mine and used them before giving them to her, though she still goes for the real things. I do a lot of work fro home and that is why this is so much of a problem. If I'm working on the couch on the floor while she is playing, etc. she goes right for them. Not about ignoring the baby, though I need to balance my time watching her while doing some work. I was hoping there was some type of bumper for the MBP. Thanks everyone.
  24. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    Have you removed all of the kitchen knives out of the house as well? Or are you looking for an adhesive for those as well?

    This just doesn't add up...

    So you're using the laptop on the floor. If you were using the laptop on a couch or a table, then your concern would be on the fall from the couch or table to the ground. You're also not directly supervising the baby while you are operating the laptop, otherwise you wouldn't be having an issue.

    Solution: Sit at a table or on a couch while you operate the laptop.
  25. rhyzome, May 18, 2015
    Last edited: May 18, 2015

    rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    Entertaining seeing that the first posts in response to an inquiry explicitly framed in terms of protecting a _child_ contained intentions more to protect the _laptop_. Interesting that many suggest "teaching" her that computers ought not be jumped on (probably to her perception, at that age, under any conditions), and the worst of them suggest disciplining her for it.

    I don't know of a case that would make the behavior safer, but I might hypothesize that when the child sees you engaging with the laptop (which likely does not appear to her at that age to be an expensive thing she might break) she, at this stage in her life, feels a want herself for engagement.

    It doesn't seem to me to be the laptop she's after but you. I suggest staying alert for her approach and when you notice its initial stages, set it aside and engage her. Perhaps, alternatively, there is an enriching activity of some kind you could immerse her in when you're working at the laptop--if you've not tried to immerse her in something during the time you're using the laptop already.

    Eventually I would assume she will grow out of it and more engaged not with direct bodily or loving attention but with her own activities.

    edit--I understand that this sort of response is not very compromising to very valid concerns of your own about balancing your time with watching her and with doing your work, but I think it ought to be pointed out that many other responses presuppose a different cause for the behavior (and a different morality for it) and some solutions that might do more damage than good, potentially for the child and the laptop! Considering the (normal) psychological/interactional causes might at least help conceive of solutions that don't necessarily tax you but are nonetheless effective.

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