How to Make Your Home Safe and Fun for Baby’s First Steps. Make your home a safe, fun placeas your baby learns to crawl and walk — and encourage their budding mobility — with theseMaking a Home More Interesting view of your home, removing any potentially threatening objects along the way. Add a fewbaby-height structures that will help your child learn to stand. Just make sure theyhave soft edges and are steady enough for them to use to pull themselves up and balance on. Bolting heavy furniture like bookcases and dressers to the wall is crucial for babysafety as well.
Anything that fits through the opening of a toilet paper roll is a chokinghazard. Also be careful of dangling drapery cords. Step 2. Give your baby “tummy time”to encourage crawling. Make them more comfortable by tucking a rolled-up bath towel under their arms and upper body, positioning it so their elbows are just touching the floor. This will 25 Space Saving Ideas for Small Apartment slightly raise their upper body, helping them view their surroundings.
Lie on the floorin front of them and dangle some toys just above their head to entice them to push upwith their arms. Laying your baby horizontally across your thighs as you sit on the floorwith your legs straight out in front of you is another way to prop them up. Step 3. Place pictures at your baby’s eye level. Babies don’t just like bright, solid colors; theylove contrasting hues and patterns in any shade. Scatter toys at various heights inyour baby’s line of vision so they gain practice reaching for objects. Babies also love tolook at themselves!
Install an unbreakable mirror for baby’s safety. Step 4. Set someboundaries. Install gates at the top and bottom of staircases, and cover electrical outlets. Keeping cleaning supplies, medicines, vitamins, and alcohol in locked cabinets or cupboardstoo high for your baby to reach are also important for baby’s safety. But clear out one ortwo low cabinets, fill them with soft objects, and leave them unlocked so your baby has asafe way to explore. Step 5.
Expose them to a variety of floor surfaces to help them honetheir crawling and walking skills: Put mats of varying thickness on smooth floors andcarpets; let them practice their balance on grass and sand. Make sure they have plentyof open space, and for baby’s safety, ensure that they can fall without hitting furnitureor other obstacles. Step 6. Use sofa cushions to create a gentle incline for them to scale. Create a baby obstacle course with pillows of various sizes; dangling a favorite toyis a great way to encourage them along! Cheer on your baby along the way. Step 7.
Open thetop and bottom flaps of a large, clean cardboard box. Cut out windows at baby level for ventilationand to add interest to the journey. Crawl from one end to the other; then encourageyour baby to do the same. Step 8. Treasure these first, wobbly steps. They’ll be askingfor your car keys before you know it! Did you know Some babies never crawl — they gostraight to walking!