For most parents when a child begins to crawl, it is a big headache keeping them safe. This is because at this age a child is curious about their environment and will go out of their way to explore and discover everything they can touch. Here are few tips that will come in handy:
- Start preparing your home for childproofing
The best time to begin childproofing your home is when your child is between the ages of 4 and 5 months
Most babies begin crawling at 8months which means that there are some babies who may begin to crawl as early as 6 to 7 months. By beginning early, you will have adequate time to thoroughly checking your home and create a safe environment where your baby will be free to roam about and have fun.
- Get down on your hands and knees
The best time to ensure that your child is safe as they crawl is to put yourself in their shoes. Getting on all fours give you the opportunity to determine any potential hazards that needs to be taken care of before your baby starts crawling. Make an extensive list of all the materials that you might need to make your home completely safe.
- It is time to purchase a playpen
Since playpens are movable they are an extremely convenient way to easily supervise your little one as you go about your chores. Playpens are the most reliable way to easily and safely supervise your little one when you don’t have time to check up on them every five minutes.
- Install latches and gates to help keep your child safe
Installing safety gates in front of all the rooms in the house is one f the best ways to ensure that your crawling little one is safe from injury. If your house has stairs, it is better to install ages at the top and bottom of all the stairs. Also place screens in front of all the fireplaces.
Child guard latches on cabinets and all the drawers containing hazardous materials will help keep your crawling child safe. This is because the cabinets and drawers will be out of reach for the kids. For instance install guard latches on drawers and cabinets that contain items that should be out of the reach of kids such as knives, scissors, medicines, sharp items and any other harmful chemicals.
- Remove any hazards that might injure your crawling child
- Every electrical outlet that a crawling child can reach must be covered using safety caps
- Any breakable objects must be placed up high where a crawling child cannot reach them
- Remove all choking hazards away from the reach of kids
- Pad all the sharp edges and corners of furniture and structures such as fireplaces that have edge guards.
- Since a crawling baby can easily pull on them, it is better to avoid placing mats and cloths on side tables and tables.
Finally…Use verbal cues appropriately
This is the best age to start giving your child simple instructions. At this age your kid not too young, they are actually able to understand simple instructions such as NO. While supervising your child, make use of verbal cues that will help your child understand the objects and actions that are off limits. The more you reinforce the use of verbal cues, the sooner your baby learns how to obey commands.