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What should I do if my 8-month-old is walking early?

started walking at 8 months old.


Asked by caspowers at 2:48 PM on Jun. 21, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well, first let me say that other than the occasional babygate or outlet cover we're not big on baby proofing in our house. We choose to "house proof" the baby rather than "baby proof" the house. My son started taking steps at the beginning of his 9th month and was walking well by 10 months. He never really got into anything except trying to push buttons on the television. Your best bet is to just watch your little one and see what they try and get into.

    Answer by MamaPyratekk at 5:56 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • What do you mean? Baby proof everything and get some baby gates for rooms off limits...like the bathroom.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 2:56 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • Definitely baby proof your house! Walking is normal and a huge adventure for the little one. I would imagine a walking 8 month old would be a challenge so I would make sure to keep up with him/her.

    Answer by whisperz_2004 at 3:00 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • I agree with the other mommas. Never underestimate what your child will learn how to do. My 15 mo old started at 9 months. The best way to babyproof is to get down on their level and see what they see. :)

    Answer by schmoo_mommy at 3:27 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • baby proof everything :)

    Answer by TXdanielly at 7:52 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • Cover your outlets & hide all plugs and cords. Use baby gates in doorways (like the bathroom) or keep the doors shut. Keep anything sharp, heavy, or wobbly secure & away from the edges of counters. If your coffee table has sharp edges, you can buy pads to cover them. Also, you might want to buy a plastic strip to cover the front of your TV buttons. They'll learn how to turn on/off/up/down the TV really fast!

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 12:38 AM on Jun. 30, 2008

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  • First cry a lot if he gets into things. Remember to keep the toilet seat down, no drowing please. Gates it no doors shut. Locks on cabinet doors, and medicine and kitchen cleaners out of reach. All small things in the mouth. Anything you value. Cove corners of the tables, and all outlets, no electrical shocks wanted either. Make sure TV and Bureau's camnt be tipped over on top of him, has happened, not good. Better yet, don't leave him alone and watch constantly. Happy running around!!

    Answer by MyAngel003 at 3:46 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

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