Isn’t it fun watching your child learn to sit-up, then stand up, then walk around the coffee table with a grip on the edge? From rolling to crawling to cruising to walking, there is so much to celebrate – and simultaneously so much to move out of reach from your mobile one. Your home is no longer safe from the hands of a curious child! Child-proofing your home is of utmost importance as he or she is capable of grabbing anything at a moment’s notice.
As parents, an instinctual response to your child doing something not allowed is to say “no” or “don’t touch,” which works to a certain degree. Your baby is beginning to understand words and tones. The tone of your voice and the gestures you display as you say “no” and “don’t touch” indicate that his actions are not pleasing you; so he may, in fact, stop or pause when he hears the tone.
Even though he may understand these few tones and words, what your child does not understand is DANGER. Due to a short memory, he cannot remember your warnings for more than a few minutes. Which will be realized when he returns to the “no-no” zone and continues anyways. He does not recall your warning or understand the meaning of danger, which is why punishing your child at this age is not the most effective. Training in “touching” and “not touching” will be much more effective in a few more months. One of the easiest ways to make your life and your baby’s life simpler and more relaxed is by making your home child-proof.
5 Simple Tips for Child-Proofing Your Home:
Remove all household cleaning fluids from beneath the sink and put them well out of reach. (i.e. furniture polish, ammonia and window cleaner)
Place all dangerous objects and valued treasures out of baby’s reach. (Baby gates and cabinets locks are excellent tools.)
Cover unused electrical outlets with plastic inserts. (Inserts can be purchased from a hardware store or baby-specific store/aisle.)
Keep medicines and vitamins on a very high shelf in child-proof containers.
Use same caution outdoors, especially if yard is not fenced.
A good way to determine what looks enticing to a child is to crawl around your house and see what is at your eye-level. It’s best to remove all temptations and place them higher than your child can reach. Regarding outdoor cautions, your baby is no longer a passive watcher. When curiosity is high, he will creep like an athlete towards the sight of traffic or other exciting enticements.
Once the yard and house are “child-proof,” make sure you provide plenty of objects, even safe household objects like pots and pans with which your baby can play. Leaving a low, accessible cupboard or shelf stocked with safe objects for your child, often satisfies a baby’s need to explore while staying near the adult who is busy working. For baby, playing is learning, and his curiosity is at an all-time high, which could result in this being a trying time for you. Try to remember, there will be as much reward in seeing your child learn as there is for your child who is growing by leaps and bounds! Learning about and seeing new objects is raw material for his knowledge factory. His direct experience with these objects will provide the basis for his intellectual curiosity, creativity and language development in the future. It’s an excellent time for you to child-proof your home and embrace this important phase of the learning process.
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