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As a new Mom, I knew that I would need to baby proof a lot of things once Lily started getting mobile.
Now, I know that you actually have to think about every corner of your house and how your baby could possibly hurt themselves on something because it takes 2 seconds, and babies want to get into everything.
At 9 months old, I cannot take my eyes off of her for two seconds unless I know she is strapped into something or safe in her pack-n-play, and she’s not even walking yet!
Using outlet covers and putting up baby gates in doorways are easy things that you pretty much immediately get when baby proofing. I couldn’t believe how as soon as Lily started crawling she went right for the outlets to stick her little finger into it. Luckily, they were covered.
She also runs around in her walker and tries to open our all of our kitchen cabinets. Got those on lock down, too, in the kitchen and bathrooms and any other place where we keep liquids or cleaning supplies. We found great cabinet locks on amazon that are easier than older versions where you pretty much pinch your finger trying to get in the cabinet. ( here is the link!)
Securing furniture to the wall is another big one that I knew we needed to do. We’ve all seen horrific stories about babies that try to climb furniture that topples over on-top of them. So, I am big on making sure anything that can fall over is bolted down or to a stud in the wall…super secure.
There were a few things that I didn’t immediately think of that I think are a good idea to consider baby proofing if you have in your house:
-Tie up blind cords….any type of string, rope or cord should be out of reach.
-Toilets…they make these really cool toilet seat latches so the baby cant lift up the lid. (here is the link!) I have these. My girl is already way too curious to not think about that.
-Outside locks on rooms…I think this is a good idea for when your baby can open doors and you don’t want them to get into certain rooms. You would put the latch high up on the door.
-Curtain rods…the kind that you hang on a rod could be dangerous. I didn’t think about this until I read about it, but the baby could put the whole rod down. They do many curtain rod clips that are safer.
-Sharp corners…I still need to do this on a lot of things. Right now Lily is mainly walking around our coffee table, which is wooden, so you can find me following her around in a circle around the table most of the day. Corner covers work best for any type of sharp corner.
-TVs… make sure the TV is properly mounted if it is a flat screen with anti tipping straps.
…..I know it’s a lot. There are things that I will probably have to consider doing that I haven’t yet, but we all want to keep our babies safe from everything.
<3 Katie Ryan
This has been a very exciting month! Lily is constantly growing and learning new things.
Crawling is no big deal anymore, she has quickly moved on to wanting to walk. She pulls herself up onto anything she can grab onto- my leg, the tables, her crib. Slowly, she is getting more confident with letting go and standing in the middle of the room by herself. I have to appreciate her determination for trying to stand up on her own because she bumped her forehead the other day after she stood her legs up and then went to push off with her hands and her little head went straight back down; but after a few seconds of crying and kisses from Mommy, she wanted back down to try again!
STILL no teeth. At her doctors appointment yesterday the doctor said we should get a couple teeth in the next month or so…can’t wait! She eats great and right now she loves avocado and scrambled eggs! Still hates peaches. I guess she will just never be a peach eater. Oh well!
Her favorite thing to do is try to steal Zoey’s dog toys and they immediately go into her mouth. YUCK! So, we try to hide them, but of course, Zoey finds them and then brings them to Lily as if she is going to throw them for her. I also think Zoey is offering up a trade for Lily’s toys because she likes to lay her squeaky bone in front of Lily and then slowly grab the toy that Lily has and take off with it. Stinker.
Lily is talking more and more and said “bye bye” this morning to Tim when he dropped her off before work! He said, “it could have been more of a ba-ba” noise, but she waved and said it….so I think it counts as a “bye bye!”
She loves to wave, clap her hands and has started throwing her arms up when we say “how big is Lily?!” “SO BIG!” It’s so cute. It’s cute when any kid does it, but there is just something so exciting about it when it’s your own little one.
3 more months until her 1st birthday….wow!! I need to start thinking about a theme!! Moms go all out for the 1st birthday so, I want to keep up!
<3 Katie Ryan
Almost 9 months old and we are finally crawling!! (check out the video at the bottom)
Lily was trying and trying and rolling around her room and scooting everywhere, but it wasn’t until Wednesday night when my husband and I were sitting on the floor in her room, when she finally crawled!
We put her favorite singing cow toy in front of her and off she went! It’s so exciting when your baby reaches a new milestone. She also started dancing that same night…again, to the songs that her singing cow toy was playing. SO CUTE.
You also quickly realize how fast you need to baby proof everything! She has already pulled out the glade wall plug-ins that we have and then went right to stick her finger in the electrical outlet. So, outlet covers are now in everywhere! We already have all the cabinets on lock-down and just need to re-rout some cords that are hanging down, because of course she is going to go straight for them when she gets the chance.
In other news, Lily still has no teeth yet! So, i’m trying to introduce more soft foods that she can eat without them being too pureed, so she gets used to textures. Lots of veggies, she’s really not a fan of chicken or any kind of meat…working on that! Any ideas of very soft foods that you have..throw them my way!
<3 Katie Ryan
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