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Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Hint of What's to Come

Its crazy... in the last couple of weeks I've watched Emily go from struggling to roll over to sitting herself up on her own.  She's lifting her belly off the floor and darn near doing the official crawling motion.  Until now my baby has depended on me to get from A to B for every moment of her life.  That's about to change very soon.  I am not sure I'm ready for that. 


Now to start baby proofing the house...

Any tips of things to do when readying the house for a mobile baby?  I know the obvious, outlets, cords, and chemicals in cupboards, but perhaps you have some inside advice from past parenting experience worth sharing! 

13 comments:

Connie said...

After raising 2 girls and now raising my Grand daugther I can tell you that any sharp corners should be covered with something cushiony. Coffee tables, desk corners...any corner that is really sharp because before you know it, she will be at eye level or tumbling all over. You can buy bumper pads to put on them but even taping bubble wrap or folded dish cloths will do the trick.

Make sure anything heavy is up out of her reach and don't forget about about a pet's food and water dish if you have any...they're like a magnet for crawling babies...LOL

Connie

T Lee said...

i had quilts/blankets, etc. that i put on the floor when baby was playing and then I could wash them for next time. Felt cleaner to me. Also I put pillows in areas to keep baby out and also for padding. Lastly, I have dogs, too and I was able to put baby gates up to keep dogs out of baby play area. But, that's just what I did.

T Lee said...

PS: you can get pipe insulating wrap at the hardware store to use as fireplace/coffee table/etc. bummper padding much cheaper than the packaged stuff sold at babies r us

Misty Dawn said...

Awwwww she's so sweet! Sitting up is hard work ;-)

Mel said...

Books, Movies, decorations of any kind, really anything on the lower two shelves of a bookcase or table. Whatever you have there replace it with her books and toys. Because she will play with whatever is there, whether you want her to or not.
And like Connie said pet dishes. There is nothing more enticing than dog food. Whether they like it or not your dogs will just have to eat while Emily is sleeping or Emily is going to join them. :)
And by the way. She is absolutely adorable! I love the determination on her face when she's almost there.

Rabid Outdoorsman said...

Be very cautious of open windows. Even with screens in them they can fail. With our kids 4 and 6, we only open the top portion of the window and leave the bottom shut. This still allow good air flow in the summer but blocks them from accessing and pushing on the screen.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

She's absolutely adorable! All the above, put away anything you really care about, and enjoy!! These years go by sooooo fast!

Gwen said...

She is adorable!

Fasten heavy furniture to the wall so she won't pull it on herself (TV, bookshelves). Watch contents of bathroom cabinets and drawers too. Be aware of any stairs. Give her a drawer or 2 in the kitchen and bathroom with items she can play with such as towels, tupperware, etc. and teach her those are her drawers/cupboards and not the others. She may not reach the top of tables yet, but within months everything will have to be put away that you don't want her to have (photo frames, tv remotes, phones). Be careful of items that have batteries that she can access like TV remotes. I also find a dust buster is a wonderful thing to get the crubs up after a meal that will otherwise go in their mouths. Good luck with the new phase!

Amy said...

Ok, I am going to be the odd one out here, but....I never baby proofed. I have two boys who are now 5 & 6 and I never baby proofed the house. I taught them what not to get into. Of course, they still tried sometimes because they're boys, but patience and persistence won out. I did put baby gates on the stairs but that's it.

Anonymous said...

I also didn't baby-proof very much. We put baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs. We also put on outlet covers and locked some cabinets that weren't meant for our son but that is it. We moved out coffee table to the side of the room so the middle of the room was open for him to play and move about. We didn't baby proof as much as others do because all the homes we go to aren't going to be baby proofed to the ninth degree. He learned what things he can have and which things he needed to leave alone. It takes persistence but it works!

ain't for city gals said...

i know this is so old school but I am still a believer in the playpen....just for the times when you absolutely positively have to take a shower or something. If she has her fav blankets and toys they really like it..security for them...and you.

Kim said...

sounds goofy, but get down on your hands & knees and crawl around to see what absolutely must be put away and what she will be pulling herself up onto (remove anything unstable or simply make it safer)...I didn't do too much babyproofing (other than outlet covers & cord protection), but I did get rid of choking hazards, etc that were at my baby's level...
if you have a fireplace, be mindful of that. We attached the screen to the hearth itself with some bolts and removed the heavy cast-iron tools that could easily be grabbed and swung around (ouch).

Dianne said...

I just returned from a wonderful visit with my almost 8 month old granddaughter and her Mom & Dad (my son). They had been busy baby-proofing (including padding around the sharp fireplace edges and around the coffee table). There is actually a whole aisle at Babies R Us for baby-proofing gadgets!

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