Every new stage of your baby’s development is exciting. Around 8 months, or sooner for some, when your little one starts crawling, you’ll discover how much fun a baby on the move can be. When baby starts crawling, this is just the beginning. They will soon be pulling themselves up and then they will literally be keeping you on your toes!
While it is very exciting that your baby is ready to crawl, we know it can be a bit daunting with concern for safety. Here are a few helpful ways to keep your household safe so you can enjoy and better handle your moving baby.
One thing that amazes parents and caretakers is just how quickly a baby can get from one place to another. In the blink of an eye a baby can cover a lot of ground and typically not in the path you would expect. They veer off in all different directions often detouring to the dog’s toys, the shoes by the door, books on a lower shelf, and other adventurous spots. Counters and surfaces that were once out of reach are no longer safe. To get the best perspective, get down on the ground, crawl around and see if you missed anything. This is also a good time to check for small, random items such as screws, pins, coins or items that may have fallen and present a hazard.
Make a Designated Safe Area
Create a designated play area for your baby. Fill it with your baby’s favorite toys and books so they have a fun, safe place to go instead of simply crawling around the house. Although they may still try to trek in other territories, having a specific spot that everyone in the family knows as the “baby area” will help keep things safe. You could even mark this area as “No Shoes Allowed” since your baby will be crawling and most likely be putting things in his/her mouth. Use baby gates or baby fences to close the area off.
Drawers and Shelves
When baby starts crawling, he/she will want to open drawers and take the contents out. Remove everything from the low drawers until this stage is over or use child-safety locks. You can also encourage safe play by filling lower drawers with soft toys or large colorful blocks. Even plastic bowls in a low kitchen cabinet or drawer can be fun for your little one.
The more your baby crawls, the more they will be interested in discovering new and exciting things. It’s important to understand all facets of your house from the perspective that every nook and cranny is new and fascinating when baby starts crawling. Be sure to use socket covers and door slam stoppers to ensure little fingers stay safe.
Create a Consistent Bedtime Routine
Your baby uses a lot of energy now that he/she is not only growing and developing, but also constantly on the go. By the end of the day they will be worn out and ready for a good night of sleep. A warm soothing bath followed by a good bedtime book will settle your little one after a full, busy day.
Most of all, enjoy this time with your crawler as he/she discovers exploring their world! Every stage is different and you know this is just the beginning of all the fun adventures you will share together.