Your home might be nothing more than a home to you, but it is a world of adventure and exploration to your toddler. They want to climb, pull and chew whatever they can get their tiny hands on and sometimes this can be dangerous.
Childproofing an entire house might seem like an overwhelming task for parents. But the trick is to take it one room at a time and think like a curious baby. For more valuable tips on how to keep your home safe for your toddler and ready for adventure, keep reading.
Your baby’s first smile
They say a smile in the first few weeks is only gas. But once you get past the six-week mark, you can be sure that your newborn baby is really smiling at you. A smile is a good sign that your baby is learning the basics of social cues and communication.
Your baby’s first tooth
Babies generally start teething around 6 months. It’s also not unusual for babies to be born with one or two teeth. Anywhere between 2 and 12 months is a perfectly normal time to start teething. Your baby should have their first set of milk teeth by the time they’re three years old.
Your baby’s first crawl
Many babies start to scoot, roll, creep or crawl when they’re between 6 and 9 months old, but some babies can skip crawling altogether and start walking. Crawling helps babies develop their motor skills, depth perception and cognitive function.
Your baby’s first steps
Each baby reaches this milestone at different ages. Some start walking as early as seven months, others at 15 months and even as late as 18 months. Make sure that your home is babyproofed and hazard-free when your baby starts showing early signs of mobility.
Your baby’s first word
Babies start babbling or speaking “baby talk” as early as six months. They’ll make sounds like “ba ba” and “da da”, which parents sometimes think is their baby’s first word. Sorry to all the dads, but babies only start using actual words between 18 months and 2 years old. You can help your baby learn to talk faster by engaging them in conversation and telling stories.
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