Good Morning Parents!
And welcome back…
So you’ve gotten through the teething phase, whats next?
For me, it was different with every child obviously. If your baby can sit on their own, now is the perfect time to start baby proofing and definitely getting a lot more sterilizers/sanitizers. Now they start to move (in general). As soon as your baby can sit on their own, they are off…
For the SMOTHERS of the world, firstly let me prepare you, kids get hurt, it’s part of life, just allow you kid their space and to explore their surroundings, not only does this allow them to be as adventurous as they want to be, but also allows you some “me” time. Hovering over them every second of every day doesn’t do anyone any favours.
Baby proofing – this is key guys, they are now starting to move around and as I said before it’s best to allow them to explore their environments on their own terms. But please be sure the environment is clean and safe. So before setting them down on the floor, make sure that there are no small objects they could swallow…Now let me reassure you, NO parent is perfect, especially not with the first one, wow, do we make mistakes, and it’s easy to overlook a button, I mean come on it’s a button. But as much as you can try and clear their paths, and if a child happens to swallow a button, it’s ok, because everything will go into their mouths now, no need for blame and guilt guys, shit happens…
Calm down, and continue with your life as long as no one was injured or ended up in the hospital it’s going to be ok, I promise.
They will stumble and crawl head first into a wall, it doesn’t make you a bad parent ok. In my experience it is part of the learning process, it teaches them what not to do, and in most cases dare I say some common sense. As a germophobe, I cleaned like you wouldn’t believe, I now realize it was so useless. So what I would advise is, make sure the area is clean, now I would sweep, mop and steam clean, if you don’t have a floor steam mop, that’s ok, just make sure the mop head is clean of course, and add a little liquid sanitizer or disinfectant liquid, not the whole bottle though.
Be warned if you do not have the childproof locks on the lower cupboards you will be packing back items all the time, and on that note you might want to consider reorganizing your kitchen cabinets, if there are any glass items in the easy to reach cupboards, go ahead and swap that out with your plasticware. Detergents under the sink should also find a new home, up high. In the linen closet, you will have to repack too, I would put the easier to manage items on the bottom 2 shelves, better yet, leave them bare. Make sure the knobs on all the drawers and cupboards are firmly attached and can provide the kid with some support.
Round up of my tips :
- Baby Proof – Not forgetting the corners of tables and cupboards
- Try and keep small objects off the floors as much as possible
- Attached baby locks to all cupboards
- Re-arrange your storage so the softer, unbreakable items are in the lower cupboards
- Sanitize the area well.
- Allow your child to explore, give them space
Now I am no psychologist or an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I found that allowing them their space, shows that you trust them, but are still there if something goes wrong. So check up and see they are cool, but they will most likely be by your side all the time especially if you are a stay at home mom. Hovering indicates that they are incapable of fending for themselves, and shows a lack of trust. I know how does a baby know this? By now if you haven’t already learnt, they can sense what you feel, moms! Have you ever taken the time to see, that when you’re sad, they are constantly crying? Or when you’re angry the baby seems restless… There is an unimaginable bond between mother and child, I say use that to your advantage, do not work against the current, just go with the flow.
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