When your baby gets old enough to start playing, create a safe space for them to play and move. It’s a very good idea to give your baby to have their own personal space to play in—you might not realize it, but babies need independence and room to move and develop learn about the world around them! The best way to do this is to give them a safe, designated play area. Here are some tips for creating a safe play space for your child. Please remember to keep safety in mind, many children are injured or killed in accidents at home.
- Your child should be supervised at all times.
- The ideal play area should be in a safe area of the house, with no stairs, doors to pinch fingers, long dangling cords, electrical outlets to stick things in or furniture that could topple over.
- Keep area free of small objects, if it will fit through a toilet paper tube it could be a choking hazard. Keep this area clean; babies put everything in their mouths.
- Provide a smooth easy surface to play on, interlocking foam mats work great and provide a bit of cushion while they are crawling and learning to walk.
- When providing toys to play with make sure they are within the proper age limits suggested by the manufactures. Watch closely for choking hazards.
- The play area should include items that are of different textures, shapes, colours.
- Have different bins or baskets for different items, they love putting things in and taking them out.
- Provide a comfort area where they can snuggle and feel cozy.
- Provide something low to the floor that they can crawl over or on without getting hurt if they fall off.
By providing a safe environment your child will learn as they play and will become confident and independent. Get down on the floor with them, too. When you play with your child they learn language and social skills and so much more.