Now that my 8-month-old is on the move, I am so tempted to clear the path. Many parents say this is a must so that Baby will not break all the shiny, decorative objects that adorn the living space. I, on the other hand, feel that this is a no-no. How is he supposed to learn his limitations if I make everything so perfect and easy for him?
Parents have the power to teach their little ones what they can and cannot play with. So, as he B-lines it for the shiniest object in the living room â€” giggling all the way there like he is about to touch something he knows he is not allowed to â€” I wait for him to get close enough to gently tell him “No” and redirect his path. A parent must know that once Baby is mobile, you can’t just leave him alone to learn about his surroundings. You must be at the top of your game and be ready to intercept him at any moment.
I have a little helper on my side, too. My 4-and-a-half-year-old loves to tell him that he is not supposed to play with something. She doesn’t say it in a mean way, she says it like I would. She is learning, too, which is a good thing.
Read more about why you should let Baby cruise around, objects within reach and all, in the article Don’t Clear Off the Coffee Table â€” Baby’s Walking! by Gina Roberts-Grey.
Associate Editor Kiera Ashford brings her craftability into her everyday life with her two wonderful — and sometimes crazy — children ages 6 and 2. She is also a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and native of Murfreesboro.