Standing Ovation

I came back from three weeks of trekking in Nepal (and taking a break from baby duties) to discover my son had learnt to stand, just like that. Now everything has changed. He’s also getting pretty good at crawling. The time has come to put treasured or dangerous objects out of reach.

He learns quickly, and never falls because he’s figured out that you need to hold on fast to something, which can be pretty painful for daddy if it happens to be the hairs on my legs! He stands up to get a better view and to get his hands on more items. Standing up was a natural progression out of necessity to fuel his insatiable thirst to explore, touch, hold and bit on new things. There simply aren’t enough nicknaks in the house to keep his inquisitive little mind satisfied.

Now that he can stand up he can also propel himself cautiously but determinedly around the room, leaning on furniture and moving from one chair, coffee table or sofa to the next. Along the way he creates a path of devastation pulling books off tables, destroying newspapers, toppling small plants and dislodging things. It’s nightmare to clean up afterwards, but I guess he’s having fun and learning.

Straightaway we had to systematically go through the living area and remove valuables to higher ground, while also removing objects that are sharp or small enough to choke on. Babies have no ability to distinguish and will grab everything, learning by danger.

As a new parent this is one of the milestones in lifestyle change, and it does present all sorts of potentially fatal situations as little fingers can now get caught in drawers and doors, plug sockets need to be sealed and items that can fall on him or her when pulled, have to be secured.

Good luck!

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