My Baby – Week 29
Every week, your little one may be more and more eager to communicate with strangers. You may see her smiling at people in line at the grocery store, or waving to people as they pass on the street.
Your baby is also growing stronger and stronger each week. He may be showing signs of frustration when he can’t do the things he would like to do. And though you may want to do all you can to encourage your baby in his quest for adventure, the use of walkers, a common baby item of the past, is no longer recommended.
Though walkers allow children to strengthen their lower leg muscles, it does not strengthen muscles in the thighs and hips. Walkers have also been found to be a safety hazard because they can tip easily, especially down stairs. Your baby could also use a walker as a step ladder to reach things that are off limits, like the top of the stove or shelves with heavy items, which could topple on top of her, all of which can lead to serious injury.
Now that your little one seems to be getting into everything and anything, you may want to double check your baby-proofing.
- Move drapery and blind cords out of her reach
- Pad or replace furniture with sharp corners
- Lock all cabinets at his level that contain hazardous or sharp items, like cleaning supplies or knives
- Be sure all medications are out of her reach
- Cover electric outlets
- Use safety gates at the tops and bottoms of staircases, and in the entrances to all rooms you want him to stay out of