Our little boy Kyneton is now 10 months and started crawling (finally)!
He has sticky little hands that like to explore all sorts of things around our home.
It’s been a couple of years since we last baby proofed the house when Emelina (3yo) was starting to be adventurous so we had to dust off all the protective equipment again.
Emelina had some falls off the couch onto the floor and some other near misses.
Although we believe that accidents can teach the kids a few lessons it’s never nice to deal with the tears 🙁
So here are some of the major changes we will be making for little Ky:
The Montessori Method encourages children to explore their environment and to be curious.
In terms of bedding we will look to move Ky form his crib to a single mattress on the floor rather then a ‘big boy bed’.
Here’s what we decided to do sleeping wise with our kids:
- Bassinet next to Mum and Dad for 3-6 months
- Move kids to the crib in their own bedroom
- Progress onto a single bed after 1 year
With Emelina (who’s now 3yo) we had here in the bassinet until 3 months and then in the crib in her own room.
She was in her own ‘big girl bed’ by 12-14 months.
Kyneton was in the bassinet for 6 months as his sleep was more interrupted then Eme’s.
He’s now 10 months old and we will be planning his move to the single mattress on the ground in the next 6 months 🙂
Like any household the kitchen is the biggest challenge with baby proofing.
Lots of draws and cupboards, cutlery and sharp objects, big heavy pots and pans, hot oven and liquids and poisonous things under the sink.
Based on our experience with Emelina she started walking around 12 months.
It’s also around this time that we started smacking Eme. Nothing too heavy handed just enough to correct her behaviour.
So we were able to teach her where the hazards were.
We also had a few protective measures put in place.
We bought some cabinet locks and gated locks.
Now that he’s started to crawl we just have to make sure there’s not too many small objects on the ground.
He’s like a little vacuum.
Everything goes in the mouth 🙂
We let him crawl around the living room on the floor but monitor him as he explores his new environment.
Sometimes when he tries to open the TV stand cabinets to poke and play with wires we give his hand a little smack and say ‘No Kyneton’ in a serious tone.
He lets out a little cry and then looks a little confused.
He then reaches out for the cabinet door again and we repeat the little smack on this hand.
He’s beginning to learn that the smack is not very nice and playing with the cabinet door may not be a good idea 😉
I wrote about one of my favourite purchases recently which I picked up off Gumtree.
It’s a baby bathing seat anchored to the bathtub via suction.
Ky really loves baths and looks forward to it but most of the time he showers with Leki.
Other then that either Leki or I are always with the kids in the bathroom so there’s always a pair of eyes around 🙂
To be honest we are more relaxed the second time around.
The first time round with Emelina we were more fearful.
We still take care with how we let Ky explore the house but we aren’t as quick to his rescue.
He’s a pretty happy camper now that e’s crawling and we’re looking forward to when he’s on two feet and running around…
But not too soon.