Friday, March 13, 2009

CRAWL-PROOF YOUR HOUSE


From TODAY, Voices
Friday, 13-March-2009

By Dr Bill Maier


Once toddlers learn to crawl, it’s time to baby-proof your house against exploring little hands.

Begin by clearing out some space for your little crawler to shuffle.

This helps them develop mobility and strength in their arms and legs. You may want to try building a mini-obstacle course with pillows and cushions to boost their agility.

As soon as they make the transition from shuffler to “baby on the go”, you may want to take a tour on your hands and knees, to get a toddler’s eye view of any potentially dangerous items that may be within easy reach, like sockets and electrical cords.

Watch for corners and edges of furniture that might get in his way. It’s better to remove a coffee table for a few months than to have to patch a bruised head.

Finally, make sure to put gates at the top and bottom of all staircases. Then just sit back and watch your baby go!
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