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Remember a time when you didn’t think twice about your coffee table, curtains or outlets?


Now, with your baby on the move (scooting, crawling, even pulling herself up), all those everyday things are major danger zones.

At this stage, your baby probably can move around the room, pick up small objects, and get her hands on all sorts of things she’s not supposed to touch. Give your home a once-over and baby proof.

Cover outlets, put breakable things and lamps that can tip over away, and make sure that all toys are safe to put in her mouth.

According to Dr. Tovah Klein, head of the Toddler Center at Barnard College and author of How Toddlers Thrive, there are lots of ways your little one may gear up for exploration. She explains:

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Babies often get up on their hands and knees but can’t go anywhere. Your baby may rock back and forth, or even scoot backwards before she learns to crawl. Some babies just pull themselves forward on their bellies. All of these things are normal! And just a heads up, you may see a lot of frustration from your tot when she can’t do something she really wants to do. Just being patient with her helps.

As your busy bee experiences new environments and people, try these week-by-week activity tips from child development psychologist Dr. Holly Ruhl.

Week 1

Out door environments offer a great opportunity for engaging the five senses. Take your tot to a family farm or sanctuary for rescued animals! Pick healthy fruits and vegetables for baby to sample. Meet animals and visit the farmhouse for a taste of country life. Practice farm safety and sanitation and introduce baby to the importance of being calm and kind to animals.

Week 2

Now that baby’s vision is spot-on, show photos of family, friends, pets and of course, baby’s own adorable face. Exposure to faces may help your tot develop self-awareness and an understanding of names and labels for family and friends. At this age, little one may babble sounds of “ma-ma” and “da-da,” but we know you can’t wait to hear that first true “Mama”!

Week 3

Children hone their naturalist intelligence by interacting directly with the environment. Take your babe to a botanical garden and explore nature together.Let baby feel the grass between those tiny toes (don’t protest too loudly over a little nibble). Listen to the twittering birds, smell the aromatic jasmine and note the colorful hues in the sky.

Week 4

At eight months, baby learns language through statistical co-occurrences of sounds and recognizes intonation patterns in speech.Engage baby in natural banter about daily activities like getting dressed, making dinner, or bath time. Expose your tot to conversational flow by pausing when it’s baby’s turn to reply, even if you don’t expect a response.

A treat for baby: Who Loves Baby?

Fill this soft photo book with pictures of baby’s favorite people. The tabs and handle make it easy for your tot to grasp and take on the go.

Fill this soft photo book with pictures of baby’s favorite people. The tabs and handle make it easy for your tot to grasp and take on the go.

Try this: Write down your name and those of your parents and then your children. Then locate each letter of each name on the keyboard and note if it is located on the left or right side (use T, G and B as the middle line).

There should be more left-side letters in yours and your parents' names and more right-side letters in each of your children's names. Weird, huh? That's what some scientists thought, too, so they set out to determine why and discovered a similar pattern across five languages.

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