When a toddler takes that first wobbly step, it is a milestone, and a special moment that is shared with grandparents, other family members and friends. Babies only have one speed and one direction when they learn to walk, and that is fast and forward. They see no danger, and will have many stumbles and falls along the way. While it is impossible to shelter them from every kind of obstacle, there are ways to insure that they are somewhat safer.
Clear a path for babies who have just learned to walk. This will allow them to move around with freedom and lessen their chances of falling. Remove glass coffee tables and heavy furniture with sharp corners out of their way. Make sure toys are picked up and laundry baskets, vacuum cleaners and shoes are not in their path. Wobbly chairs or unbalanced tables that will topple over when a baby leans on them should also be removed.
Babies are very curious, and when they learn to walk, they can move a lot quicker than parents can sometimes. While it is impossible to remove everything out of harms way, there are certain precautions that can be taken to make sure they do not get hold of cleaning products or other harmful things.
If there is a fireplace in your home, you can buy padding to go around the edges to break their fall and keep them from getting serious injuries. In addition, there are many other kinds of safety items that can be bought to discourage a baby’s curiosity, such as locks for doors and cabinets, and safety plugs for electrical outlets. There are safety latches for refrigerators and covers for stoves and ovens. Baby proofing a home is important when toddlers learn to walk, and with all the new products on the market today, it makes their world a lot safer.
If there are stairs in the home, buy safety gates to block off the path, as babies who have just learned to walk will find them fascinating. Also remember to keep all doors that do not have locks on them closed, especially bathroom doors.
Let your baby walk around barefooted inside, but make sure they wear shoes when going outdoors. Soft-soled shoes are best, and shoes without shoestrings are safer than ones with laces.
When babies learn to walk, it is indeed a job keeping up with them. However, it is also exciting to experience the world as they see it. There are many wondrous and beautiful mysteries to be discovered when seen through the eyes of a child.