Fern has been crawling for the past month-and-a-half and it has obviously opened up a whole new batch of challenges for us. In addition to realizing how “un-baby-proofed” our house actually was and all the accompanying bumps and bruises there are a few other things I’m not quite sure how to address.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for her that she’s learning new things and becoming her own little person, but crawling in general has proved to be mostly an annoyance. OK, I actually kind of hate this crawling stage. I’m not ever sure how to dress her, because everything she wears gets trashed in 2 seconds, especially if we’re out somewhere, which brings me to my next point…
Going out has become quite the challenge and I need your advice on how to get through it!
Obviously Fern wants to crawl around 24/7, but when we’re out this just isn’t always possible. I didn’t really realize it until last week, because most of our outings are to run errands that involve Fern being in a cart or sitting in a high chair (i.e. grocery shopping or the occasional dinner out). But, last week a friend came over to go to the park with her two boys and once we got there I realized there was nothing for Fern to do there except be held by me. She totally wasn’t into it.
We live in Oregon, so it had rained recently which = wet grass and the only other surfaces for crawling on were the sidewalk, which seemed too hard for little baby knees, or the bark chips which were also pretty wet. So, Fern spent the next hour being held and was pretty pissed about it. Yesterday I also realized that this is a big issue when a friend and I were trying to find a place to meet up and I couldn’t think of a place kid-friendly enough for Fern. We ended up at a tea place that had a pretty good area for Fern to crawl, but all the kid cafes are a little intense for tiny crawlers with all the “big kids” running around. Not to mention that the floors at most places aren’t really clean enough for me to want to actually put my baby down on them.
So, this brings me to my question: How in the world am I supposed to entertain a crawling baby?
Do we just never leave the house until Fern can walk? How do moms get through this stage? I’m trying not to be overly anxious for her to start walking because I realize that will bring about an entirely new set of problems. But I just can’t figure out how to make crawling fun for both of us, aside from staying house bound until we’re through it and Fern gets fussy if we don’t leave at least once a day.
Feel free to dump all your mama wisdom on me – I could use it! Thank you in advance!
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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