As your Big Kid explores the world from a brand new perspective, every little adventure is filled with excitement. Baby proofing your house can be a part of the adventure too and will ultimately help you relax and enjoy their development.
You may have already started baby proofing your house. From the moment they crawl or shuffle, it’s best to put anything potentially harmful out of their reach. Stay on your guard - the more mobile your Big Kid becomes, the more they can surprise you!
The most necessary form of baby proofing is YOU - your care and supervision. If you can see a hazard, you can help prevent it.
As for when you can stop baby proofing, it depends on the child. Removing baby gates for instance, generally occurs between two and three years old, but it’s important to make your own judgement based on your understanding of their development and abilities.
Find out more about your baby’s development skills by reading our advice on when do babies start cruising? and when to expect your baby’s first steps.
If your Big Kid is wearing Pull-ups® Explorers, they’ll be free to really move. Use the following checklist to baby proof your house and help keep them out of harm’s way.
Baby proofing might seem a lot of work but if you approach it the right way, it can be an exciting part of the Big Kid journey.
Remember, the goal is to ensure you have peace of mind. Knowing your Big Kid can explore and learn in a safe environment will help you relax and enjoy this amazing time of your lives.
Encourage them to explore with Pull-ups® Explorers, which are designed to help Big Kids explore, learn and develop from nine months onwards.
Check out our other articles to support you and your Big Kid with their first steps.
The term ‘Baby cruising’ is used to describe the stage between crawling or ‘bottom shuffling’ and walking independently.
If your baby has started cruising the room using furniture for support, they’re a Big Kid now. Pretty soon, they’ll be taking those first baby steps towards independence.
Baby cruising (walking while holding furniture) is a crucial and exciting phase in which your little one will develop the strength and confidence they need to take those all-important first steps.