There is an entire section of the baby industry devoted to babyproofing anything and everything you could possibly think of. These people are capitalizing on the fact that you, dear parent, are deathly afraid so much as a microscopic crumb on the floor could cause baby’s untimely demise. While yes, we want to protect our children from harm and make sure they are well taken care of, I think this industry has gone too far. So I’m not babyproofing anymore.
As a newbie parent, I freaked if anything was out of place. Baby had to have the most pristine conditions, and don’t you dare touch him if you haven’t washed your hands and scrubbed every inch of makeup/perfume/chemicals from your body. Don’t even think about it.
But several years (and children) later, I’ve learned a lot of lessons. The most important of which being: a little dirt, a little fuzz, a little not-so-clinically-clean play space is perfectly fine for most babies. It might even be good for them. (Hashtag sensory play!) So as Huggies says, we need to set baby free.
Our littlest just turned five months old, so he’s doing his best to start scooting around (gotta keep up with big brothers and sisters!). Normally with his face buried in the rug and his cute little diapered booty up in the air. He tries. So very hard.
Which is why we’re so thankful for Huggies Little Movers Diapers. OH MY GOSH. We’ve tried the “other” brands. They just don’t compare. Huggies has this moving thing down, and they know how to keep a diaper in place… So we can even have the ability to set baby free. Which is a really good thing, cause this baby isn’t planning on holding still anytime soon.
That all being said, this active little five-month-old is already figuring out how to get himself into corners he shouldn’t be in, scooting himself off blankets and rugs, and coming up with fuzzies of all sorts clenched in his tiny little fists (and stuck to the excess drool on his chubby little cheeks) as if they were a priceless treasure. Newbie parent me would be getting ready to take him in for disease testing about now. But wisened parent-of-5 me picks the fuzzies out of the clenched fists, wipes the goo from the cheeks and sets him down for another round.
Obviously I don’t intentionally set him in a pile of dirt, especially at this age where he’s still working on keeping his head upright all the time, but I’m not freaking out about him having a contained, sterile environment anymore. Set baby free! Let him have the excitement of exploring (with a diaper that’s fit for the job). Take him outside the pack-and-play to the space beyond, in all its germy glory. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things is watching baby’s face light up when he sees or experiences something new, whether or not it’s coated in a layer of fuzz.
Oh yeah, and I don’t babyproof anymore. The same as you wouldn’t throw your teenager the keys to your new car without him having a solitary driving lesson, we don’t put our kids OR babies in situations we know they can’t handle–so we don’t have to babyproof. We teach them instead, at the level they are capable of learning, and give them as much freedom as they can manage without getting into actual, harmful, trouble–and just keep being consistent with the boundaries.
We also make sure our little movers have a diaper that can handle it. Cause ain’t nobody got time for that kind of mess–and Huggies Little Movers Diapers provide the grip, fit and wetness protection to ensure baby can get the most out of every little move.
How are you going to set baby free? Huggies wants to see your little movers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #setbabyfree–you could even have your baby’s image featured across Huggies’ social media channels!
So… Get moving! :) And start here.
And stop worrying about all the germs and all the dangers and let baby do some supervised exploring. Those toothless, drooly grins are worth it.