Post # 1
I had no idea babies could get the hang of crawling this early on, but today, DT1 figured it out (after a few days of rocking) and now she’s off. I’m terrified of this stage as DT2 is already very mobile with backwards scooting and is getting into everything–can’t leave her alone. Aside from putting them in baby jail and (obvs) baby proofing, how did you manage more than one kid at this busy stage? Go broke on soft play? I’m especially concerned as they still seem quite young and don’t understand ‘no’… not that I’d expect they’d listen even if they did! Help! I’m not ready for this.
Post # 2
UK Bride: hi there!! I completely understand your situation I have twin girls who are 10months now both have been crawling a while now and are now starting to pull up on things and try to walk along!! When they were younger I did rely heavily on playpens and baby jumperoos to keep them in a safe place and entertained as it was impossible at times to watch two very fast crawling babies, at times it can be like which one do I go to first!! Lol ive recently ordered a large playpen with padded mat both girls are happy to play together and you can get these in all different sizes. Please do feel free to ask me anything, these were my first kids and like any other new mum its all a leaening curve, ove loved every min of it though they are a wee blessing something to be cherished! X
Post # 4
I feel for you. I was a nanny to twins (just for a few months before they went to playschool). The mom had a small little house in los Angeles and they never got around to baby proofing it or anything. So when they started to walk (early) she put a gate on their room and left them in there all day!. I would take them to one of those indoor play places with them for a few hours and would always have to laugh becuse if one went right, the other one went left.
I felt bad for the twins and bad for the mom too. I hope you get some great and creative ideas.
Post # 5
Scout your home from their level to see what is attractive and potentially hazardous. Remove unnecessary and breakable things. Make sure you have gates and use them to close off access to stairs or any rooms you don’t want them in, like bathrooms.
There are some benefits to this stage. They can entertain themselves and can scoot around to get that desireable toy themelves.
Have locks on the kitchen cupboards unless you want to give them access to one bottom drawer where they can have safe things to play with.
A reminder to enjoy each stage of their growth and development. Their curiosity and amazement will bring a smile to your face with the memories that they will create.
Post # 6
fuzzyclaire: How have I not met you before now on the boards?! We did just get a large playpen that turns into a room divider–I think I’m just going to section off a ‘safe’ area of our open plan living room/kitchen and hope for the best. We do have some really good soft play cafés and twins clubs in our area (You sound like you’re maybe in the UK as well?), so I’m spoiled for choice there, it just seems a bit daunting with two going in opposite directions. We hadn’t even begun to think about baby proofing until DT2 started scooting around a few weeks ago as we thought we’d have a good few months yet. *sigh*
How is 10 months going? Do you have a TAMBA club or anything close by?
Post # 7
UK Bride: hi there!! Ive o ly recently started using the site again thats probably why you havent seen me on much! 10 months is going well! As they get older it juat gets different! Hee hee I think the large playpens are great as ypu say you can make a space that is well childproofed and safe for them! We have been baby proofing the house the last while all sharp corners has rubber edges now etc etc stairgates on kitchen.im a bungalow so I don’t have stairs! Socket safety covers, the safety attachments for all pur blinds are done too. Yes we have tamba in our area but to be honest I havent joined due to the membership charge. I recently contacted surestart they have great days and activities catered for the kids and plenty of staff! This has been my issue with joining groups and attending mother and attending mother and toddler groups, when I go I need to take an extra helping hand as it was impossible before to watch two crawling babies alone especially at the unsteady stage! I havent been able to attend the likes of jo jingles etc unless I have help from my mum because its one to one. We do take the girls swimming every saturday they love it and the soft play areas. Having twins can be demanding at times but we are so lucky to have two precious wee gifts at the same time! How have you found parenthood so far??
Post # 8
UK Bride: Yikes! I can’t imagine two at the same time! One was crazy enough, lol. Our little man started crawling at 5 1/2 months, walking at 8 1/2 – 9 months, and running/climbing at 10 months. I hope you can figure something out to keep them out of trouble! Good luck!
Post # 9
I only have 1 but he started crawling at 5 1/2 months and I wasn’t prepared at all for baby proofing because I didn’t expect it so soon (he got on his hands and knees one day and a couple days later he was crawling – so it was pretty much out of the blue). I have a huge area in our family room gated off with his toys and we play in there most of the time. He’s 8 months now and standing on everything, I can leave him to play when I’m runing back and forth cleaning and putting up laundry and know he can’t get to anything dangerous. Here’s what our set up looks like