Image by author
This post contains affiliate programs. All products featured on Nova Observer are independently selected by our editors. However, we will make a commission if you make a purchase using our retail links.
Every parent looks forward to the day their baby takes their first steps. You cheer your baby on, hold their hand, encourage them to take a step and record constantly hoping to get footage of the milestone. Once a baby finally takes their first step, you celebrate, cry, laugh, tell everyone you know (even some strangers) and even post it on social media. But then, the initial excitement wears off and you think to yourself “Crap, I’m not prepared for this.”
Here’s a round-up of our recommendations for items you’ll likely need to get to be prepared once your baby takes their first steps:
Babies are already curious and now that they are mobile, they will try to touch, twist, turn and pull almost everything including doors, drawers, and cabinets. They may even try to climb up or down the stairs!
1. Door Lever Locks – your baby probably isn’t opening doors with knobs just yet, but if you have lever doors and a tall baby, chances are you may have a problem. These locks are easy to install and even easier to use.
Naturally, your baby will still want to play. They’ll probably become even more playful now that they can walk (maybe even run) around. Now that your space is baby proofed, It’s important to make sure you have some kind of open space for your baby to play freely (with limits) and some safe toys. These items will also help them practice walking and balance so that they
5. My First Mickey Police Car Push Toy – this little car has a handle and is light and easy to push but also study and won’t move too fast for your newly walking baby
Babies typically become more squirmy and antsy than usual once they start walking because now they know how it feels to be on the move. They may not like their old infant car seat or even their stroller.
9. Maxi-Cosi Pria 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat – If you only have an infant car seat, you may want to get a convertible one now. It’ll last all the way through school age! And it’s much more comfortable for them as they aren’t laying back like in the infant stage (rear facing is recommended until 2 years old!)
10. Radio Flyer Deluxe All-Terrain Family Wagon – a stroller is definitely a necessity, but for walks around the neighborhood or trips to the park a wagon is great for a baby who doesn’t like the stroller very much. They can see much more, they have more room to wiggle around and can sit up straight in this.
The early years go by so fast, so remember to enjoy the little moments and take it all in.