In an upright position, 8-month-olds can already sit up on their own – and will play for a long time that way! Some, in fact, go around the house crawling whenever they please. With that in mind, now is a good time to put locks on doors (even closet doors), plug outlet holes and, if your furniture isn’t rounded at the edges, use a foam protector on sharp corners. Glass objects or pointy ones as well as cleaning supplies should never be within reach of children. Another crucial measure to take (which is more of an issue for those living in apartments or high-rise buildings) is to install protective screens on balconies and windows.

Most kids have a specific fascination with kitchen cupboards: after all, it’s through those doors they will be able to find the pots and pans they love to bang together and analyze. Instead, place plastic and silicone items in the lower drawers and cupboards. Other babies love huge boxes they can get into and out of or place and remove toys from inside. To help stimulate them to crawl, try helping your baby by slightly lifting their butt. As their crawling muscles strengthen, the baby will use them frequently to try and stand up. And, when they find out they can use other objects or people for support, they will be thrilled to have their hands free to play, hit things, explore every inch of the couch…