Just when you were starting to feel confident in parenting during the infancy stage: BAM! You find yourself with a mobile baby. Maybe he began crawling, or maybe she went from scooting straight to walking. My cousin’s baby walked at nine months, and to that, I say, “NO.” Just no.
We can all agree that life gets harder when you have a mobile baby. Gone are the days that you can leave him happily on a playmat and use the bathroom quickly. You literally cannot take your eyes off your child. For a second.
Below are a few things that made our lives easier with a mobile baby.
1. Baby-proof your entire house BEFORE your baby is mobile.
I’m talking outlet covers, baby gates on the stairs, latches on the cabinets, and heavy furniture secured to the wall. The works. Knowing that you have already addressed the safety hazards at home will provide tremendous peace of mind when your sweet baby starts getting herself around! Also, there won’t be anything for her to get into.
2. Invest in a play yard!
Let’s face it: you’re a mama, and you’re still going to have to use the bathroom sometimes. It’s not terribly realistic to think that you just will never take your eyes off your kiddo. We’re not perfect humans, and we all get distracted-especially if there’s more than one kiddo at home! Find a play yard that is big enough to explore in, yet small enough to fit within a space of your home. Sure, you have a crib to contain your baby, but placing your child in a crib for a few moments when it’s not time to sleep may disrupt their sleep routine. Play yards are for play. Cribs are for sleep.
3. Be in the habit of keeping things off the floor.
Maybe this means the dog food can only be out certain times of the day. Perhaps you need to find a new home for the cat’s litter box. Definitely ensure that cords from window shades and blinds are out of reach! Again, getting into this habit BEFORE your baby is mobile will make it so much easier to keep your baby safe AFTER he is mobile.
Good luck, mama! You’ve got this! What would you add to this list?? Comment below!
About the Author:
Stacy grew up in Minnesota but spent the next several years of her life traversing the globe, temporarily setting down roots anywhere and everywhere. Stacy is extremely passionate about the world of adoption and foster care, having spent a year in Uganda adopting her oldest daughter in 2008. Stacy married her husband Jesse in 2011, and they moved to Oklahoma City to grow their family. They currently have three children; a 12-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old boy. Though she will be parenting for the rest of her natural days, she deeply appreciates the age differences between her kids. Stacy obtained a Master’s degree in child psychology in 2007, but currently uses it only on her own children! A stay-at-home mama since Baby #3 was born, Stacy has stayed busy keeping her children alive and relatively entertained. She loves her little crazy crew fiercely and uses writing as her creative outlet. When she’s not chasing her kiddos, Stacy is likely traveling or daydreaming about traveling. She also enjoys coffee shops, copious amounts of “cop drama” shows, and perusing Pinterest for ideas that have little chance of ever getting done. But they’re good to have. Just in case.