It's a shocking realization that washes over every first-time parent: As your baby grows, so does the number of things they can touch, taste, and get into. From the first moment that your baby goes from an adorable stationary object to a wiggling, rolling, and very-quickly-crawling rascal on the go, it's time to batten down the hatches because there's no turning back!
Luckily, there are simple ways to prepare for your baby to be on the move — and it's never too early to start. Below, Romper has partnered with Pampers Cruisers to share tips for a safe and simple transition for the whole family as you go from having a pretty-much-just-sits-there baby to a baby in full motion. You've got this!
Find The Products That'll Help You Safeguard Everything
And I do mean everything. Baby-proofing is the best thing you can do to protect your little explorer — and your home — once your little one is in motion. You can (and should) baby-proof most anything, and though this is by no means a comprehensive list of things you can do to baby proof your home, a few products that'll get you started will be:
- Baby gates to help keep your little one away from stair cases, out of the kitchen and laundry rooms, and — most importantly! — contained in a safe space.
- Outlet plug covers to protect against curious little hands.
- Toilet locks that'll ensure your toilet lid is kept down.
- Cabinet locks for keeping kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom cabinet doors securely closed.
- Door knob covers, which will become especially helpful as your little one is able to reach door handles!
- Stove knob covers that'll add an extra layer of security to your kitchen appliances.
- Cord winders that help keep your window blind cords out of reach.
Stock Up On Diapers Designed For Babies On The Move
There is no stopping your baby now, so you've got to support them with a diaper that can handle all of this new movement. Pampers Cruisers are designed specifically to adapt to your baby's waist, legs, and bottom during this always-on-the-move phase, making sure they stay protected while also keeping messes at bay. Plus, the legs are fitted with soft, stretchy sides and flexible leg cuffs that gently seal around baby's legs to prevent leaks as they move from rolling, to crawling, to full-on running.
Prepare Your Floors For Falls
Short of putting your child in kneepads, you should prepare for them to fall — a lot. It comes with the territory, and is perfectly okay as long as they're safely navigating places that allow for a soft landing when it happens. Carpets, foam mats, and other kid-friendly surfaces are great options for crash landings.
Prevent Slippery Situations
Some areas of your home won't be padded, but that doesn't mean they need to be off-limits. Slippery surfaces including tiles and hardwood floors can be tricky when your child begins to move about. Opt for non-slip pads under rugs when possible, and grippy socks or shoes to prevent slippery accidents.
Clear The Way
If it can be tugged, pulled, or knocked over, it will be. Make sure that any surfaces that are now within reach are cleared of anything your little one shouldn't be touching. Don't forget hanging purses and other things that can be pulled down!
Contain The Situation
Preparing spaces for your curious little climber can seem complicated, but remember, there can be areas of your house that are completely off limits. Save certain spaces for yourself, and designate others for little ones who are learning to make their way around.
Keep Watch At All Times
By now, you're pretty accustomed to keeping guard, and now that becomes more important than ever. You'll be in awe of how quickly your baby gets the hang of crawling, then standing, then walking, and of course running. Keeping them safe starts with keeping them within eyesight and offering them encouragement on this exciting journey.
This post is sponsored by Pampers Cruisers.