How to Make Your Home Safe & Fun for Baby’s First Steps

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Step 1: Get a baby’s-eye view
Get down on all fours and crawl around to get a baby’s-eye view of your home, removing any potentially threatening objects along the way. Add a few baby-height structures that will help your child learn to stand. Just make sure they have soft edges and are steady enough for them to use to pull themselves up and balance on. Bolting heavy furniture like bookcases and dressers to the wall is crucial for baby safety as well.

Anything that fits through the opening of a toilet paper roll is a choking hazard. Also be careful of dangling drapery cords.

Step 2: Prop them up
Give your baby “tummy time” to encourage crawling. Make them more comfortable by tucking a rolled-up bath towel under their arms and upper body, positioning it so their elbows are just touching the floor. This will slightly raise their upper body, helping them view their surroundings. Lie on the floor in front of them and dangle some toys just above their head to entice them to push up with their arms.

Laying your baby horizontally across your thighs as you sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you is another way to prop them up.

Step 3: Lower the decor
Place pictures at your baby’s eye level. Babies don’t just like bright, solid colors; they love contrasting hues and patterns in any shade. Scatter toys at various heights in your baby’s line of vision so they gain practice reaching for objects. Babies also love to look at themselves! Install an unbreakable mirror for baby’s safety.

Step 4: Control their exploration
Set some boundaries. Install gates at the top and bottom of staircases, and cover electrical outlets. Keeping cleaning supplies, medicines, vitamins, and alcohol in locked cabinets or cupboards too high for your baby to reach are also important for baby’s safety. But clear out one or two low cabinets, fill them with soft objects, and leave them unlocked so your baby has a safe way to explore.

Step 5: Create varying floor surfaces
Expose them to a variety of floor surfaces to help them hone their crawling and walking skills: Put mats of varying thickness on smooth floors and carpets; let them practice their balance on grass and sand. Make sure they have plenty of open space, and for baby’s safety, ensure that they can fall without hitting furniture or other obstacles.

Step 6: Help them climb
Use sofa cushions to create a gentle incline for them to scale. Create a baby obstacle course with pillows of various sizes; dangling a favorite toy is a great way to encourage them along! Cheer on your baby along the way.

Step 7: Build a tunnel
Open the top and bottom flaps of a large, clean cardboard box. Cut out windows at baby level for ventilation and to add interest to the journey. Crawl from one end to the other; then encourage your baby to do the same.

Step 8: Treasure these times
Treasure these first, wobbly steps. They’ll be asking for your car keys before you know it!

Did You Know?
Some babies never crawl — they go straight to walking!


Bekim Burimi says:

best baby locks and latches kit ever…

ursulajoni15 says:

the boy i babysit skipped over crawling he scooted around on his but till her learned to walk

The Cube says:

thumbs up if you got here from the mac shortcuts

FlutistPride says:

Don't be over-zealous with floor polish. Slipping and hitting your head on the floor is not fun at any age.

bobfett200 says:

Brazzers brought me here

Bella Ferraro says:

When I was a baby I didn't crawl, before I even started walking I would scoot on my butt.

abbybluvr says:

ahh she's so cute!

TheCrazed8 says:

I never crawled

Dalia Mobarak says:

i never crawled too,, straight to walkin at 9 months :)

Jessica Coen says:


Alyssa Greaves says:

I was one of those babies.

goirkens says:

The mom in the video kinda looks like my Japanese teacher.

SarahHatesWindows says:

i now wanna have a baby

Arti Patel says:

aww the baby is so cute

4u2die4 says:

thumbs up if u watched this 4 the baby

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