I’m a little teary eyed while writing this post because it means my baby is growing up, and boy is he growing fast. Much faster than I would like and if I could stop time for a little while I would or at least slow it down.
Do you ever want to pause time because it is going too quickly?
Jacob is now 5 months old and as you read last week is now on a roll, this first stage of being mobile is both wondrous and scary at the same time. It’s the beginning of being much more movement and of course I know that it now means the next step will be crawling and then toddling. Once they start to move their next stages are scarily close to follow.
With these new stages there are always new hazards which our house isn’t yet ready for, that of course means we need to baby proof all over again as it’s obviously been a while since Joshua was a baby.
Currently we only have a stairgate on Jacob’s bedroom door as I find getting up and down the stairs difficult with these on the top and the bottom due to my dodgy hips. That will need to change sooner rather than later when little man gets even more mobile and I don’t want to leave it until he is moving as that will be too late, it only takes a split second for an accident to happen.
I’ve begun with the basics already and socket covers are fitted in all rooms, I actually haven’t removed them since I last had to baby proof and they really are handy for keeping little fingers out of the sockets, or bits of food, toys or whatever else is handy at the time – children have the strangest ability for pushing the weirdest of things into the oddest of places, like my daughter and jam sandwiches in the video player!
I’ve been looking at the interactive quiz on the SunLife website to remind me of all the baby proofing I now need to start thinking about. It’s rather helpful as it looks at each room and points out some of the potential hazards in those rooms and gives lots of other useful tips such as remembering to keep the washing machine door closed at all times – not something I may have thought about.
I also need to remember to keep the iron up high and away from the children, of course I always do but I may not always remember they can pull on the dangling cord while I’ve left it to cool.
Curtain ties and blind cords also look very innocent but there have been a few widely reported cases of fatalities from these simple objects that they scare me as a parent, and I would hate not to point out these dangers to other parents. There are things you can do to remove this danger such as cord covers which open up for you to slot the cord into and then are screwed closed, they cover the cord at the bottom but means a parent can still reach the top to close them, of course you can also tie them up so the loop isn’t at a child’s level.
Hopefully by starting these little things early, by the time Jacob is mobile the house will at least be ready for him even if I am not ready for this next stage of my baby growing up.
*This is a collaborative post*