Your little baby is growing, and now he is getting around by the first means of movement he is capable of: crawling.
Crawling is the initial phase of your child’s development, as he will start to learn to balance on his four limbs, moving freely around the home to discover the surrounding items.
Usually, babies will start crawling anywhere between the ages of six and ten months. Gradually, they will develop their motor skills, until they can walk at about one year old.
Babies’ motor skills will develop at a different pace, therefore if you notice that your baby is developing differently from his peers, there is no need for you to be alarmed.
Before your baby begins moving, you need to be ready and to baby proof your house or apartment in preparation for this important development in your child’s life.
Baby proofing your home:
- Make sure that your home is free of small items your baby can pick up and swallow, such as buttons and coins.
- Cover all of the electrical outlets and baby proof them.
- Place your cleaning detergents and hazardous chemicals where your baby cannot reach them.
- Prevent your baby from reaching floor areas that are wet.
- Using baby safety locks, secure your refrigerator and oven to protect your baby from potential danger.
- Keep the floor clean and maintain regular hygiene to protect your crawling baby from germs and dirt.
- Ensure that your baby is kept away from trash cans.
- Keep sharp and dangerous objects far from the reach of your baby, and use a baby proofing kit to lock drawers where you keep sharp items.
- Install a fence at the top and/or bottom of the stairs to protect your baby from falling down the stairs.