- As your baby becomes more mobile, baby-proofing the house becomes a top priority.
- Babies explore quickly, so it’s important to remove tripping hazards and secure furniture.
- Comfort your baby calmly if they stumble or fall, encouraging them to keep exploring.
- Additional safety measures include securing furniture, keeping hazards out of reach, and being vigilant.
Since your baby acquired more mobility, everything around them is a new world to be explored. That’s why baby-proofing the house should become a new priority.
Your little one will move quickly towards objects that attract their attention, and they will not always be safe ones. Your little one will begin to stand up with the support of a small table or a chair, and, naturally, small stumbles and falls will increase during this period. Don’t worry, the distance between your baby and the floor is quite small.
When babies fall, they tend to turn to see your reaction before deciding how to react themselves. Little ones constantly seek the guidance of adults whom they trust before proceeding with new experiences. With this in mind, you can help your baby understand that a little stumble should not keep them from exploring their environment. If despite your calm reaction your little one cries, don’t hesitate to comfort them and offer words of encouragement, so they can learn that, despite facing a small setback, they should keep going.
Baby-proofing the house to prevent falls from your little explorer
- Keep the floor clear of toys, shoes, or things that can make your child stumble.
- Use protective padding to cover the corners of furniture so they don’t get hurt with them.
- Keep chairs, beds, or any kind of furniture away from windows to prevent your child from climbing them.
- Place handrails on stairs to keep your baby safe.
- Crawl around the room, see the place from your baby’s point of view and verify that you have not forgotten anything.
More security measures
Despite knowing that falls are very common, don’t forget to baby-proof your home to prevent other kinds of risks. Here are some general tips:
- Don’t leave objects on tables at your baby’s reach, especially glass decorations.
- Keep any cleaning items and medicines out of reach.
- Don’t have loose cables lying around.
- Make sure that no small object is on the floor; it will end up in their mouth.
- Close bathroom doors and kitchen access.
- Cover all electrical outlets, children love them.
- Always be attentive to your baby and never leave them alone.
With these recommendations, your baby will be ready to explore freely and learn that a small stumble shouldn’t stop them. Happy explorations!