We have all waited in anticipation for those precious milestones that are so important in a child’s overall development. When your little one starts crawling, it’s the first time you see them moving about, and it is, without a doubt, a wonderful feeling!
Crawling helps babies learn how to coordinate muscle movements, visuospatial functions, and even develops intellectual and cognitive skills by allowing them to reach a goal on their own. For instance, crawling to a toy they want that is across the room can also help babies develop direction finding skills and reinforces their memory.
However, this phase in your baby’s development will bring with it several issues. Suddenly everything will seem edible to your baby, and you’ll find yourself stalking the child everywhere. So, keep the following things in mind when your child starts to crawl:
- It is always advisable to let your child crawl on the floor instead of keeping them on the bed, lest they fall and hurt themselves.
- Pay attention to the health of your baby’s tummy, and ensure there’s no gastric pain, and that bowel movements are regular. After all, kids are happiest when their tummies are well! This is also when kids will put their toys and anything else that they find into their mouth. So, make sure you sterilize your baby’s toys at regular intervals and remove other objects from their reach. Sterilizers are readily available in the market, or you can use the traditional boiling method. Your baby might even start teething around the same time, so consider using teethers instead of plastic toys for them to play with.
- Having carpets in the house at this time is not advisable. They can foster the worst form of germs and dirt. You would not want your child’s hands and legs to be covered with sickness-causing bacteria. Nonslip rugs or colorful floor mats are a better alternative to give your baby’s delicate knees a break from the hard surfaces. If you have wooden floors, deal with any uncovered nails or splinters that could hurt the child.
- It is also a good idea to use natural floor cleaners instead of chemical-laden ones. Natural cleaners are safer if your child comes in contact with it while crawling on the floor. This is also the right time to child-proof your home. Cover any electrical outlets that are within your baby’s reach, and fit child-proof latches on every drawer and cupboard that your baby can reach.
- Another precaution you can take is to plug in the new Goodknight Activ+ Power System to prevent mosquitoes from getting into the house. Babies tend to find the coziest corners in the house to crawl into. Guess who else buzzes into these spots? Yes! Hence, it’s essential to get rid of all mosquitoes. And keep a close watch!
As your baby moves around and explores this new world, you would not want to miss a single moment of it. Why not make their forays safe and secure as well?