Chill Out About the Milestones, Mama!
Many babies start attempting to move around at this point, scooting on the ground or rolling around during tummy time. If you have a crawler, pay special attention to what’s on the floor. Babies at this age have a tendency to put anything and everything in their mouths. Well, except for the things you want them to put in their mouths, like food, for example. BECAUSE WHY WOULD THEY EAT ACTUAL FOOD?
Not seeing any signs of movement yet? Chill out. Developmental milestones are just guidelines, really, and many babies don’t have the slightest interest in crawling for another couple months. Also? Might as well count your blessings. Once they’re mobile, life as you know it changes forever.
As far as brain development is concerned, baby is making great strides. She can now tell the difference between animate things (like you and the family pet, for example) and inanimate things (like her toys and that one relative who never seems to move off the couch — EVER) and knows that while animate objects can move on their own, inanimate objects require help to do so. A LOT of help… especially from YOU!
If you want to keep baby away from safety hazards (and your unmentionables, which, once they start moving, they will most certainly find and present with gusto to visitors), now’s a great time to revisit some baby-proofing. Word to the wise: Start with your bedside drawer.