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As your baby changes and grows, you will notice many new behaviors. Your baby is developing a personality of her own. Along with this exciting time comes some uncertainty, as you adjust to your baby's behaviors.
You've just found a new love in your life. Over the next few months, this love will grow and grow, as you witness his first smile, his first belly laugh, and his first steps. Cuddle your baby as often as you can. Before you know it, he will be a toddler on the go!
Play time for baby is a time where she can learn such skills as lifting her head, processing verbal cues, and learning about the world around her. The more you interact and play with your baby, the faster her intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. So play hard mom!
Gone are the days of reckless abandon before you had kids. Now you worry every time they fall down, cough, or even look at you funny. While it is important to promote safety with baby, remember that spills will happen. With proper planning, you can minimize many dangers in baby's world just by using good old fashion common sense.
Baby Proof Your Home
Once your little one starts crawling around, it is time to baby proof. What should you do to baby proof your home?
Install child locks on kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, and toilet seat covers. To encourage creative play, make one of your kitchen cabinets full of Tupperware accessible to him for play. Make the rest of the cabinets off limits by locking them. Be sure chemicals and medications are locked up in your cabinets out of access to the baby. Toilet seat locks should be installed to prevent drowning, in case the toddler falls in.
If you are passionate about your breakables, put them out of reach of the child. If you are saying “No” to your child constantly to get him away from your breakables, it discourages curiosity and exploration. It is better to put breakables out of his reach.
Electric socket covers. It is important to cover every electric socket that is not being used with these covers.
Child safety gates If you have stairs or a room that is off limits to your baby, install a child safety gate to seal off access.
Cover any sharp corners on tables with a soft material or foam and duct tape. Better yet, temporarily relocate your coffee table when he starts crawling. This gives him more room to roam and limits injuries from his head hitting the table when he crawls, cruises, and eventually falls. You can put the coffee table back once he gets the hang of walking.
Bath safety. You can purchase some faucet covers and non-slip mats when you start bathing your toddler in the family bathtub.
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