Posted April 11, 2011on:
Children are nosey!
Once infants have muscle strength to support their heads, all they do is swivel around to see what’s going on! Bright colors, loud or musical sounds, quick movements and delicious smells cause a little one to squiggle their whole body just to get a better look. This is the wonderful beginnings of curiosity!
Rolling over is a big deal, but when babies are actually sitting up and crawling around, the world opens up to them. What fun! And what an important time to pay close attention to what those nosey babies can get into. Curiosity has taken over!
Lie on the floor next to your baby and literally see what she sees. Every little piece of fuzz or thread on the carpet is exciting. Every spot on the wall, outlet and floor length curtain calls her name. Lamp and computer cords, papers on low table shelves, dropped pieces of food or boots & shoes look delicious. Not to mention the bowl of Rover’s dog food and Whisker’s Meowmix!
Pick your purse up off the floor. Never keep medicine in a purse or bag where children can reach it. Sometimes jackets get left or dropped on the floor. Consider what you carry in your pockets. These “pocket treasures” (coins, gum, etc…) can be dangerous to our little ones. Buy outlet covers. Sweep the kitchen floor (10 x a day!) Pick up fallen paperclips, pens and odds & ends. Babies are fast and you can’t believe what they get into and what they put into their mouths!
Now he can toddle and walk – yikes! Once upright, children are like walking magnets; attracting everything! “Child proofing” your home makes the difference between high anxiety and wonderful exploration. Expect toddlers to discover delights in what we see every day and take for granted. What we no longer find to be curious or interesting, toddlers are enchanted with.
Children are wired to use all of their senses (sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing) in their quest to figure out their world. In addition to the above precautions, consider these to keep children safe:
- Use cupboard and drawer clips for “locked” closure
- Take treasured and fragile / easily broken trinkets and decorations off the tables and put them safely away
- Keep cords and straps/strings out of reach and the bathroom door shut
- If toddlers are negotiating stairs, give them support but let them move their bodies independently with your watchful guide. Climb steps directly behind them and teach children to “turn around” to go down feet first on their tummies.
While preschoolers and older children learn to create a “safety screen” to judge situations and toys (most of the time), little ones do not. Make sure toys are in good repair without rough or broken pieces and be sure there are no choking hazards for little ones (an easy guide: if a toy or object fits through a toilet paper tube, it is too small for infants and toddlers to have). Infants and toddlers need to be in an adult’s company at all times when they are outside. Use straps in a stroller and always use a car seat to travel – even to the corner.
An exciting world + curious kids = the perfect pair!
“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do” Walt Disney
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director