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Little Crawlers: 4 Things to Do Once Your Baby Starts to Crawl

There are many milestones that a parent looks forward to as their baby grows up. One of these is the day they start crawling. However, the joy they feel can be quickly overshadowed by a sense of dread. Now that their baby is mobile, they can get themselves into all sorts of trouble. Here are four things to do when your baby starts to crawl.

Baby Proof

Even before your baby starts crawling, your home should be baby proofed. There are all kinds of hazards that you need to look out for. Any dangerous objects that could be within reach need to be secured. Even if your home is already baby proofed, it’s good to take a second look. You can have a professional look at your home and inspect any possible.

Use Pest Control

There are all kinds of creatures on the carpet and floor for your baby to get in contact with. If you have any pests in your home, you need to get rid of them. Look for signs like bites or droppings. Call an exterminator like Fox Valley Environmental Pest Control or another pest control service. They can help you make sure your home is as safe as possible.

Pay Attention

You need to keep a close eye on your baby regardless. When they started crawling, you need to be paying extra attention. Don’t let them leave your sight. You should have restrictions for how far they can go. Put up a gate or a playpen around them. It’s important that you let them ease into crawling.

Keep the Floor Clear

You want to make sure your baby has as much room as possible to crawl. Anywhere that’s within their range of crawling needs to be put aside. You should also make sure that there’s nothing for them to be hurt by or choke on. This is why paying close attention is so important. It can just take a second for something devastating to happen. You need to make sure your baby isn’t going to be in any danger.

We hope this has given you a great idea of what to do when your baby starts to crawl. It’s important to keep your child’s safety in check at all points. Their crawling is an important milestone, but it needs to be monitored by you as closely as possible. By following these tips, you can make sure that your baby has the best crawling experience possible.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

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** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

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- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
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