On April 18th, the Little officially became a crawling baby. He graduated from his systematic stretch and then push up and moved into crawling towards the dog. I did not do a lot a tummy time with him because he hated it and I didn’t worry that he wasn’t crawling at 9 1/2 months. All my mama friends got that strange look of fear in their eyes when talking about their mobile babies so I just enjoyed my stationary one.
Then it all changed and now he’s crawling and pulling himself up all over the house and hardwoods. Yes, our 60-year-old oak floors may have sold us on our home but they are not soft or flexible. It’s amazing how many tumbles and knocks the infant body can take when learning the act of moving and walking. I don’t think the boy in the bubble had health issues, I think his parents couldn’t take the little mishaps of balance.
We didn’t just sit around and watch our child tumble. I bought a nice thick carpet pad to stick under our living room rug and then got him the Joovy Room2 which, by the way, rocks. It’s an amazing large playpen and I put extra padding underneath the fitted mattress sheet. He, of course, prefers to slam his wood toys on the hardwoods and follow me around while squealing with happiness. Then his arm gives out and he slams his face in the ground and we both cry. I’m thinking about buy him an infant bike helmet which he will need later when Mr. Bejelly and I go mountain biking this summer.
I found these sites helpful for tips on dealing with the accident prone toddler:
Now on to child proofing because I know my crawling baby will soon turn into a walking one!
For you mamas out there, what did you do?