Juggle has saved a very special February love-month shout-out for last. Today, we are wrapping our grateful arms around Mandy Hauer, our very first mom-boss, a forever friend who is the perfect illustration of what “juggling it all” really means. She’s mom to three, a business owner, an advocate for breast cancer awareness, a Juggle cheerleader, the list goes on. She makes it look easy, but it doesn’t mean she’s had it easy. Mandy has struggled with anxiety her entire life. Together with her sister, she created Brand New Day, which sells apparel and jewelry with a message: that those suffering through mental illness are not alone, that it’s okay not to be perfect, and that tomorrow is waiting with a fresh start for everyone. “I feel lucky to be able to follow my passion for helping others through both of my businesses. Juggle allows me to connect sitters and families, resulting in a win-win for both! Brand New Day is a place where I get to work with my sister, share my mental health journey, and sell fun apparel to fight the suicide epidemic. Remember, you are not alone and tomorrow’s a BRAND NEW DAY!” #REALnotperfect
On average, your baby will start crawling at around eight months, but it shouldn’t be a surprise if they start earlier. Crawling is a huge milestone, and like most parents, you are excited that your baby is finally mobile. Movement, however, comes with its set of challenges, especially when you combine it with your little one’s curiosity. This checklist will give you a solid start on how you can make your home safe for your little munchkin.
Have safe spaces
Create a safe space where your child can play freely, then use doorknobs to keep them out of rooms with items that could hurt them. The kitchen is usually the first culprit. With so many sharp things and breakable items, it’s always safer to keep your little one away. If your kitchen doesn’t have a doorknob, consider installing baby gates around the entryway to keep your tot away. Sitting areas will also have exciting items that will catch your child’s attention. That beautiful photo frame on top of a desk and that vase full of fresh flowers are some of the things parents miss. Keep your little one away when you are not around to supervise them or remove any breakables and things that could fall on and hurt them.
Keep bathrooms safe
Install safety latches on your bathroom cabinets and drawers to keep your little one from reaching poisonous products. Also, store all machines and washing products in their original containers and away from your little one’s reach. Toilet locks will keep your child from accessing the toilet bowl while anti-scalding devices will keep them safe from showerheads and faucets. When using a bathtub, fill it to cover your kid’s legs.
Safety around the house
If you have stairs, safety gates should keep your baby out of harm until they learn how to navigate the steps. Corners and edge bumpers are great for furniture and other dangerous places like your fireplace. You should also put your furniture a few meters from high windows, so your child doesn’t climb onto window sills. Secure bookcase, shelves, and heavy furniture to the wall to keep them from tripping over. Also, store heavy items on bottom shelves and drawers.
Make the bedrooms safe
When your child starts sitting up, it’s time to lower the crib mattress. Stuffed animals are great companions, but they can also be a suffocation risk, so be careful with them. They are also perfect for a child who wants to escape the crib. Make sure the bedroom window has a guard and can only open to around 3 inches. If you are using blinds, make sure they are cordless, so your child doesn’t get caught in a loop.
Your home should be a haven where you and your family enjoy time together. When childproofing, make sure you strike a balance between keeping your home safe and maintaining the haven you love to come back to from a busy day at work. With a little creativity, you can have it both ways.