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Last Updated on April 12, 2021

 

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.

 

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:

Falls, Rolls and Bumps 

When to worry when your child hits his head

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?

Courtney

Friday 13th of July 2012

So cute! I get nervous watching my nephew walk.. he's so new to it!

Tammy

Tuesday 10th of July 2012

My son would fall all of the time. It got to the point where he was afraid to walk. He was 2 1/2 before he walked independently.

Toni

Sunday 8th of July 2012

We kept gates up so he couldn't get to rooms that weren't as childproofed. That was the main saving grace.

Donna

Thursday 5th of July 2012

Our biggest concern was our steps. So we put up 2 baby gates so he couldn't fall down the stairs or climb up them (unless we opened the bottom gate and were right there with him) and fall back down.

Virginia from That Bald Chick

Thursday 5th of July 2012

With my first, I went all out with the baby proofing-- bumper pad on the coffee table, door handle covers, etc, etc. My second was only 14months behind, so much of it was still in place. Now that they are 3 & 4, all that is left are two door handle covers.