There is an old adage that before you can start running, you have to begin walking first.
For babies, however, they would have to crawl first before they can start walking on their feet.
When your baby starts to crawl, that is another milestone that parents are going to be happy about. Using all fours can signal to parents that they are going a good enough job of taking care of their babies.
However, when they do start to crawl, it can potentially be dangerous to them, especially since they do not know what is dangerous for them or not. You might find that they go to your cat’s litter box or even the electrical outlet!
Ensuring the safety of our babies is always going to be of utmost importance. So, how do you protect your little one when they start to crawl? Read on to find out some tips.
Before anything else, though, I do not recommend getting a baby walker as it can be detrimental to their body’s overall development. If anything, you can just invest it in other things such as a baby stroller, for example.
Babyproof Your Home
When your baby starts to crawl, it is important that you do some babyproofing to ensure their safety at all times. Here are some of the basic things that you need to do:
- Make sure that anything that is dangerous to them will be out of their way. This includes sharp objects, breakables, poisons, electrical outlets, and other dangerous things. Also, ensure that they do not find anything that can choke them
- Install boundaries or makeshift walls to anything that could potentially be a danger zone. This includes the door leading outside, the bathroom, or any other place that poses any threat to their safety
- If you have stairs, make sure to block that as well
Crawl with Them
You might think that this is a crazy idea, but it actually isn’t. In fact, I encourage parents to crawl with their babies because it presents a lot of advantages. First, it helps you
view the world from their own perspective. Doing a crawling stance may allow you to see any possible danger that you may have missed.
Being in a crawling position can also help teach your child how to balance themselves.
Remember that you are their idol and anything that you do, they will try to also emulate it themselves.
Make the Surface as Smooth as Possible
Look at their crawling trajectory and make sure that everything is smooth. That means that you take out any toys, breakables, and sharp objects away from their original course.
It is also important to look at some of your furniture as well. There are some that may have sharp edges that you do not want your babies to come in contact with.
Put on Some Baby Clothes
Although it is bad practice to have them wear anything that may hinder their movement, it is a good idea to let them wear the appropriate clothing.
For instance, you’d want to have them put on a comfortable pair of baby pants so that they get protected from possible rough surfaces when they start crawling.
Never Leave Your Little One Unattended
This should go without saying that you should never have your eyes leave your baby.
Always maintain an eagle eye so that you will be there to ensure their safety at all times.
As a parent, it is important for your baby’s development to leave them crawling, but only intervene when you see that they are in possible danger.