It only takes a few wobbly steps from your baby to realize that your life will never be the same. Gone are the days of just plopping your baby down on a blanket and that’s where they’ll stay. You’ve got a mover and a shaker on your hands now! So, you’ll need a few items that will keep them safe while they explore using their new mode of transportation, and will give you some peace of mind. From baby-proofing gear to toys that encourage motion, here are 10 items you’ll need when your baby starts walking.
When your baby is walking, you need the right shoe for their foot. Don’t look for the cutest shoe — get a shoe that will help with their development and support their feet while they walk. These shoes from Stride Rite are perfect for new walkers and come in so many sizes that you’ll be able to fit your baby if they have a wide or a narrow foot.
From fireplaces and stairs to counter tops and furniture, you’ll start seeing all the places that could be dangerous for your little one once they start walking. These edge covers are a great option because they add a soft cushion to rough edges and corners. Plus, they’re super durable and so easy to install. Just add the double stick tape and attach.
Once your baby is walking, you can expect a few more boo boos. While a kiss from mom or dad can fix just about anything, you may need ice packs for a few tumbles. These kid-friendly ice packs are super cute and even come with a handle so kids can hold them on their boo boos without making their hands too cold.
You might find that you have a hard time getting your baby to sit once they start walking — especially in a stroller. This standing stroller attachment is a great option because you can get them on the stroller, but they’ll still feel independent. Plus, it's compatible with over 95% of stroller models and types, like lightweight strollers, umbrella strollers, travel systems.
Skip the regular baby gates and upgrade to a retractable one that can be used inside or outside. With a double locking system, your walker won’t be able to open the gate, but you will be able to open it one handed. This is a great option for stairs, in between rooms, and outside on porches and decks.
Another must-have for baby proofing, these corner protectors are great for sharp edges on furniture. Just stick these on the corners of tables to protect heads and eyes. Plus, they are BPA free, so if your little one decides to take a taste (because of course they will), you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals.
While it’s best for new walkers to be barefoot, they’ll need socks if their feet get cold. However, regular socks could lead to slipping and falling. Be sure to stock up on socks that have grippers. The non-skid soles on these socks will make sure your baby can walk without slipping or sliding.
Now that your baby is looking for reasons to cruise around the house, give them a toy that will let them practice. This highly-rated walking toy from V-Tech lets kids practice standing and walking. It even has plenty of fun lights and sounds to keep kids entertained.
If you haven’t babyproofed your kitchen, now is the time. These simple cabinet locks are a great option for keeping your baby out of the cleaning supplies and pots and pans. Also, order a few extra and take them with you when you visit grandma’s house so you can babyproof her place too.
From playing with the Little People characters and opening and closing the bus doors to pushing and pulling the bus along as they play, this bus is a great toy for new walkers. It even plays music and lights up when kids pull the bus along as they walk.