Once your baby can sit unsupported he can sit in a high chair. You may have already taken steps to buy one, but check out our KIT guide to which highchairs work best for mums.
Your baby this week
Before your baby crawls he must master sitting, so once he has got sitting under his belt, he may try a crawl or bottom shuffle around eight months. Babies are crawling much later nowadays because they spend less time on their fronts (in the past the government advised mums to put their babies to sleep on their fronts, but because of research into SIDS, it is now advised that all babies should sleep on their backs). This is not too much of a problem because unlike sitting, pulling up or walking, crawling isn’t such an important developmental process. It is a great way for your baby to get around so if you want to encourage crawling watch crawling; how to help your baby. You can also read our feature on how to encourage your baby to crawl.
You this week
You were probably once the proud owner of a coffee table with various books and magazines stacked neatly for people to read – not any more! Once your toddler can pull up and starts to explore he will get into corners, bookshelves and fireplaces. Take some simple steps to baby-proof your home such as putting soft sponge edges onto the corners of coffee tables where your baby is likely to fall onto. Get into the habit of closing the bathroom door after use so that your baby cannot explore inside and secure any furniture (a wobbly chair for instance) that your baby may try to pull up onto. Your garden can also be a hazard, especially if you have a pond. Remember to empty buckets of water (especially after heavy rain when you may not have noticed them filling up) in case your baby is exploring the garden.