Walking is a big step (get it? STEP!) for your little one’s development. Some parents have waited for those steps since the moment baby was born, others (me) wanted baby to hold off a while longer. Why is it that kids seem to learn the walking, running, climbing, reaching for the doorhandles skills all at the same time? Or was that just my child?
It is important to make sure that if you haven’t already baby proofed for your walker, that you do it soon after those first steps.
A few things that may be on your to do list include:
– Securing mini blind cords.
– Put all medicines and cleaning supplies out of reach or in a locked cabinet. Have poison control’s number ready.
– Secure all bookshelves to the wall.
– Install non slip padding in your bathtub. Make sure faucet is covered as well.
– Secure all lower cabinets and drawers (we did leave one open with tupperware so my daughter could play while I cooked).
– Set up baby gates or locks on doors where there are stairs.
– Install door locks on rooms/closets that are off limits to baby.
– Install locks on doors leading outside.
– If your child is particularly clumsy, you might want to put some soft covers on your sharp edged corners (think coffee table, fireplace) and some non slip mats under any area rugs.
Baby proofing seems like a lot of work and sometimes can be a bit excessive, but it is worth it to have peace of mind! Now that your baby is walking, they will be exploring more. And with more exploring tends to come the “testing” phase…this is where they get into EVERYTHING just to see your reaction. ;o) Oh the joys of mobility! But nothing is better than walking into the house to a baby running towards you with open arms.