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Baby-proofing

Ahh, the joys of having an eight-month old baby. No matter how well you think you have “baby-proofed” your house, there is always something you will have forgotten. Maybe there will be a number of things you didn’t think of. Never fear, your child will find those things for you.

As evident for myself as well. Even if you don’t think it is something that will catch your child’s eye, trust me when I say, “It will.” Ava has just started crawling. Taking her first wobbly lunges forward just before Christmas. She is now a crawling machine, making her way from one location to the next before you even realize it. As if crawling isn’t enough to adjust to, she has started grabbing on to objects to pull herself up into a standing position. She mastered standing on her knees about the same time she became proficient in crawling.

Back to the baby-proofing. No matter the number of toys, all designed to make noise or stimulate your baby’s senses and promote growth and coordination, will interest your baby quite like the things she isn’t allowed to play with. Whether it is the magazines stacked on the coffee table, the speaker next to the couch, or the shoes on your feet. Even if you are the type to clean every day, baby always seems to find that one place your forgot to dust. And you can forget keeping her clothes clean if you have a dog that sheds a lot. Sweep all you like, they will still be wearing it on their clothes as they crawl along their merry way. As with anything in life, the more you go through it, the easier it becomes (for the most part). So after having the first three children, it isn’t necessarily easier this go round, we just know better as to what to expect. And although there are many things you can do to baby-proof your home, (i.e. cover the outlets, child-proof the cabinets, put up baby gates, etc.) you will not be able to always get it all and may not realize what needs to be addressed until your child finds it for the first time.

If your baby is anything like Ava, you know how fast they make tracks. Sometimes faster than they even realize and they trip themselves up and end up doing a face plant on the carpet. Knees get red from rug burn even if they are wearing pants. They will try to sit up to fast and end up flopping back and bonking their head. There is always something going on. Speaking of which, Ava just woke up from her nap so she is ready for the next round of fun. Until next time…..

3 responses

  1. Great post, I’m a first time visitor. Our approach has always kind of been less is more. We focus on baby proofing the things that are TRULY dangerous. Many people seem to baby proof everything just out of convenience. We have to let them explore too, wouldn’t you agree?

    January 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    • I agree with you. Baby-proofing the truly dangerous but still allowing them to explore their surroundings. They need to learn what their limitations are and it’s our job to guide them. Knowing where they should and shouldn’t go and what they should and shouldn’t touch. Even at 8 months, my daughter already knows what the word no means and tests her limitations as she should. The dog’s bowl is a constant source of fascination for her. 🙂

      January 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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