Jump to content
Help! About to crawl....
7 replies to this topic
Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:39 PM
The boys are about to crawl. I can't imagine how I am going to manage two crawling babies!
Advice please? Particularly interested to hear if you used a playpen (or not). We also have a 27 month old to juggle at the same time.
Some days I think I will put myself in the playpen with a bottle of wine and let the kids run amok...
Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:22 PM
We didn't use a playpen but we did use a baby gate and gated off the lounge room, the lounge is where they played all day, we had a 3 year old, the gate we got had a foot pedal so he was able to open it himself so we weren't having to be up and down constantly letting him in and out. We didn't have any issues with them crawling (but hide your DVDs lol, it's the one thing we forgot to do ). Once they were walking it made things sooooooooooooo much easier, I didn't have to lug two kids around anymore, so see this as a step towards that
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:57 PM
I've declared a 'baby zone' in the lounge room and use a long pregnancy pillow, the swing and the car capsules to make a wall. It's easy enough for us all to walk over, but the babies are locked in. For now....
Both mine are on the move but not fully crawling. One should achieve it this weekend he is trying so hard. When this happens I will be making the 'baby zone' bigger and expanding it to incorporate the dining room too. I'll then need to use a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs and close the gate to the kitchen (stable door plantation).
I've started training my 27 month old to not put any toys other than baby safe toys in the 'baby zone'. They have to remain on the other side of the wall. So far so good. Not sure how he will go when the dining room gets barred too. But we'll see...
Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:00 PM
Oh and I meant to say that I've heard bad things about play pens and twins. Like one twin lifting it up for the other to go under. Probably older than 7 months of course. But also about toddlers letting them out etc. I decided it was too hard for me to supervise all the time, and think its easier to just train the toddler and others from day one about respecting the 'baby zone'.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:23 PM
Once they start crawling is new found freedom to them soon they start to pull up so be careful of all things within arms length for them to pull down on them.
We used a babypen but around the TV cabinet to make it out of boundaries so they didn't try to climb it.
We had a long cabinet so bought two wooden ones and broke them down to make longer side and shorter sides. Worked a treat. Nowhere was out of bounds if the doors were open, therefore you closed bedroom doors, laundry doors or installed gates. Worked well for us.
Other than that kept the floors clean and tidy and was pretty on top of the no getting on the lounge ie. swinging legs up to climb.
We never had a problem with them climbing. There were great crawlers and learnt to pull themselves up not too long after that.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:26 AM
Two crawling babies are so cute! My two had different techniques for awhile, one did the standard crawl and the other did what we called a caterpiller crawl.
We gated the kitchen and laundry once they crawled. Basically because it became too difficult to do things in the laundry and kitchen as they would just follow me in there and get underfoot, empty drawers and cupboards and mess up laundry piles etc. It also made me feel safer when cooking.
I had a playpen and also used a portacot. So if I was hanging washing up, having a shower, I would put them each in one, otherwise they would climb things and get into stuff they shouldn't, if they went in together they would hair pull or fight.
The playpen got the most use as a retreat for my 2yo DD. She could play with her toys or do some drawing in the playpen without the babies wrecking it.
We made our playpen had a foam mat which was attached to the bottom with a cotton cover, so it couldn't be lifted or pushed around.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:29 PM
Thanks for the good advice. I am reading this daily and trying to think what I can do to get ready!
Hadn't even thought about the babies attacking each other in the one playpen, but as soon as I read it I knew that would be right. Already they inadvertently eye gouge, pinch, wrestle each other!
We have a playpen contraption that we can reconfigure into a pen of any size or shape (or two different pens). At the moment I am starting to think about one pen downstairs and one upstairs as I can only carry them up the stairs one at a time, so the other one gets left temporarily and I need somewhere safe to leave them.
PS NYB - please explain to me how you are getting your 27 month old to respect the baby zone! I can't get my 27 month old to respect anything!!!
Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:12 PM
Literally in the past month he has really started talking heaps, so I think something along with this has been triggered in his brain, and he now listens about 60% of the time. It's seriously gone from 10% to 60% since mid December.
He also likes to be helpful, so I use this to persuade him where possible. He quite likes the babies too, which is helping a lot. Plus my 4 year old has a power over him like I've never seen, so he listens to the 4 year old quite a lot.
2 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users
At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.
Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.
It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.
A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.
Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.
Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?
As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.
It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.
Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.
Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.
As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.
The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.
A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.
Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.
The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.
Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.
Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.
Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.
One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!
I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.
It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.
Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.
A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.
Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.
Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.
I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.
Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.
Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.
What's in a name?
Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.