Crawling is a phase of every baby’s life that we mom’s (especially first time mom’s) look forward to. It’s a sign that our babies are growing and developing and becoming mobile.
However many mom’s will agree that a crawling baby needs more supervision (and cleaning up after) than the younger baby. Here are some tips to make the crawling phase a breeze for mom and baby
Tip #1– Keep it short :
Having a baby on their knees all day long will take a toll on clothing. Causing wear and tear and making it longer and harder to get the stains out. Concealing and cleaning dirty hands and knees is much easier than dirty sleeves and trousers. So unless the weather is cold or chilly, dress your baby up in shorts that stop just above their knees for easier laundry and to give your baby the freedom of movement that she needs to explore her environment.
Tip #2– Double your cleaning regime
During this crawling phase of your baby’s life, you’ll want to protect your baby from disease causing germs as much as possible. So if mopping the floor once a week used to keep a tiny home make it twice a week. And if it was twice a week make it four times a week. It may seem like extra stress but no price is too high to pay for your baby’s health.it is noteworthy that the crawling phase is almost always coincides with the teething phase, so crawling hands meet itching gums, no wonder many moms think stooling comes with teething. Well it doesn’t.
Be sure to read more about teething: what to expect when your baby is teething
In addition to this start using antiseptics while cleaning if you don’t do so already
Tip #3- Fumigate
Your baby is probably not the only thing crawling on the floor these days. An ant here or a tiny roach there may go unnoticed by you as you walk around your home but to your baby who may be spending a lot of time on the floor these creepy crawlies may pose a threat to the health ad safety of your baby. So you might need to fumigate your home to eliminate every possible source of infestation that may be lurking around your home.
Tip #4- Baby proof
This probably should be number one, but since we’re not listing in order of importance; no worries! Baby proofing as the word implies means keeping your baby safe from potentially harmful substances and situations that may occur around the home. Of course how much or how little you baby-proof your home is up to you because completely childproofing a home can be difficult. But make sure you have the basics covered:
Section off any dangerous areas I the house by locking doors, cabinets or using safety gates whenever stairs are involved
- Make sure the floors and walls are free from nails, glass, breakable objects and tings small enough to enter baby’s mouth
- Keep chemicals like batteries,detergent, bleach, medicine, cosmetics,cleaning agents and non-edible substances out of baby’s reach. Curiosity in this case can kill the cat
- Babies and electricity don’t go well together, so keep baby far away from electrical devices, don’t let wires and cords dangle, baby cannot resist pulling on them
- take a minute to crawl on the floor yourself to see what you might have missed. its a different perspective from down there, I assure you.
Tip #5- Educate them early
While we believe our children to be smart, many mum’s still make the mistake of thinking our children are too young to understand verbal warnings so we don’t bother telling a child to stay away from potentially harmful situations. Use words such as “dangerous” “don’t touch it” when steering your child away from hazards. Or keep it simple like I did with a single sharp syllable “kaaaiii’’ my baby usually stops whatever he was about to do or at least gives it a second thought. Even if you feel your child is too young to grasp the meaning right now, he will eventually understand.
Even though all these tips are incredibly helpful, the only way to ensure your baby’s safety is with adult supervision. So keep an eye out for your baby and I’m sure you’ll be alright.