Teeny Tiny is on the move. Middie Biddie is flying through all the crawling preliminaries and will likely be cruising very soon too. I'm turning into a paranoid freak (again).
I have a room that's about as safety proofed as it can get. There's crawling space, a few toys scattered around, and I'm keeping an eye out for every bit of fuzz that might find it's way into little fingers/mouths. Yet I feel like I just sit here all day and watch Tiny cruise around, constantly ready to grab her and divert her.
I'm tense all day, afraid I'm going to step on Tiny little fingers as I try to get to Middie Biddie who is whining at me because she's frustrated that she can't really move yet.
When I'm ok and feeling confident that the room they're in is safe, I worry that by not giving them freedom of the house, I'm stifling development. Maybe I'm stunting their growth by keeping them confined to a relatively small space.
So I put them in the living room and Tiny is off and I'm just too nervous to really let her explore. Middie Biddie goes scooting backwards in the other direction and all I can think about is how stressed I'm going to be when they can both really haul ass.
I'm looking forward to that next set of gates getting here. I can turn the living room into a giant safe cage.
What do other people do? Are other babies pretty much going wherever they want to go and dangerous things are blocked off? Or do you keep them corralled to specific areas?
That's a serious question. What are other peoples levels of paranoia? Do you literally remain within arms reach of your kiddo at all times, completely focused on them when they're awake during the day? Because all the sanctimommies out there make it seem like that's what's expected. Is that my job now? To not allow my eyes to stray from kiddos for even a minute?
Still seem to have some of that irrational fear that if a kiddo finds some cat hair fuzz on the carpet and manages to get a taste of it, someone is going to scream "Bad Mommy for not catching that sooner! You're Fired!"
I need someone to give me a reality check on what the standard level of "keeping an eye on them" looks like. I'm such an all or nothing person that I really have no perspective.
Play date tomorrow. I'm pretty sure the girls will be confined to their stroller. With only one mobile, and only by crawling, I don't think a coffee shop filled with toddlers will be a good place for them to roam.