The bed I mean in this article is a bed that has been lowered (usually a mattress or springbed on top). If you are still using a high bed / springbed, you should put it down immediately. If the baby sleeps in a crib or a crib with a fence, this bed is safe and the possibility of it falling is small (correct me if I am wrong, because I have never used a crib). So if I use a baby box, I don’t really understand how to teach her to go down on her own, I think it’s better to just carry it … hehe
Before teaching the baby to get down on his own, first secure the bed. Even though the position is already short, if the baby falls, he can hit him. What this does is:
- Fortify your little one with pillows and bolsters (see picture 1). Usually to make the baby feel warm (some even put a pillow against the baby’s body a little), also to prevent the baby ‘running away’ when awake. It is better not to have too many pillows fortifying. Do not fortify with high pillows (maybe that means so the baby can’t pass at all). Our babies are smart babies! Initially he couldn’t get past the pillow fort, but over time he would become more adept at climbing. The higher it climbs, the higher the distance it falls! So remember, get rid of the high pillow fort …
- Create a soft area around the bed. Place pillows and blankets right around the bed. The point is that if the baby crawls down, it will land on a soft spot. While a bolster should not be used as a base because a bolster can move when the baby is on it and allows it to fall over (yes, it’s also called a roll, you can definitely roll over it …). Bolsters and dolls can be placed beside the wall, cupboard or other furniture next to the bed. The point is that if the baby descends at full speed (which means speeding again), he then steps on the pillow, and then he could hit the cupboard / wall in front of him. For more details, can be seen in Figure 2 above.
Is the bed safe? Let’s start teaching your little one to get out of bed by himself. How:
- Let the baby crawl up to the edge of the bed
- When you are on the edge of the bed, hold the baby’s body (can grasp the shoulder). See figure 3
- Direct his feet to go down first. After your feet touch the floor, gently push your upper body down. Well! Your little one must have sat on the floor and continued on his ‘journey’, right?
- Repeat the above steps as often as possible. Initially the baby will be angry when his body is held as if he is being forbidden to come down on his own. But over time he will be able to be alone. Those of us who teach it must be patient …