Our little dude has been army crawling all over the house the past couple of weeks and it really makes you pay more attention because heâ??s not this little mushy, non-moving human anymore. Heâ??s got ideas and he has places he evidently needs to go. No matter how much you think youâ??re on top of making the house baby proof, you inevitably miss one or ten things.
I thought we were doing good because we remembered to put those outlet covers in all the outlets but then I saw him crawling toward the big potted tree that sits on one of the rolling things in our dining area and realized I should take a look around again. Our house is actually pretty baby friendly. Although the entire usable living space in our house is upstairs there was already a gate at the stairs because the previous owners had dogs and grandkids.
He has managed to find almost all the door stoppers and pull the little white rubber caps off of them…so there’s another thing to keep an eye on. Pretty sure one of those caps wouldn’t go down the hatch too smoothly. Oh yeah, and the low drawers on the kitchen are a favorite new attraction, too. He likes to roll around in front of them and pull them open and closed. We put a dish towel in the track so he can’t smash any fingers when closing. Probably time to get some drawer/cabinet locks soon, too!
We donâ??t have much in the way of cables and wires out for him to get in to and we have lots of doors we can close to corral him in different places. Regardless of how well we baby proof things I absolutely think we need to maintain a watchful eye. It turns out that babies are a lot like water; they can get anywhere and cause lots of damage.
Each stage will require some different baby proofing needs and even though I am all for kids hurting themselves from time to time so they learn (and this is also inevitable) I also am down to do whatever it takes to keep screaming and crying to a minimum. Since Sammy is our first and only baby that weâ??ll have and we are going through the baby proofing phases right now I thought it would be a good reminder for those going through the same thing.
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In closing I just want to say that parenting starts the day you get pregnant and ends the day you die. Too often I see parents out in public that donâ??t keep an eye on their kids and let them run amuck (canâ??t imagine how it is at home in these cases)â?¦and we wonder why society is how it is. As parents it is our responsibility to care for our children until they are old enough to care for themselves. Take some accountability for the life you created.