Stopping The Baby From Crawling

You’ve read it correctly. The post title isn’t a mistake.

This is all about how to STOP your baby from moving around and causing havoc once they start to learn to crawl. In little over a week, Baby L has gone from being immobile to crawling (in her unique way) to standing up by supporting herself on objects. It is a frigging nightmare!

Life before a crawling baby was great. I actually didn’t realise how great it was until I look back with a wistful tear in my eye. We used to be able to plonk her on the floor, safe in the knowledge that she would stay exactly where we put her.

Fast forward a week (yes, just a week!) and she now needs to be watched like a hawk. As soon as she’s put on the floor, she’s on the move with her weird zombie-like bum shuffle – see below:

Introducing Baby L’s arse shuffling crawling technique.

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Don’t let this unorthodox technique fool you though. She can move pretty bloody quickly, particularly when the dog is concerned. I’m not sure why, but she is obsessed, and I mean proper bunny boiler obsessed, with Dax and anything Dax-related. Whenever she’s free-range, she heads straight for him in his dog bed. I’ve lost count of the amount of times she’s grabbed him, stolen his rawhide chew or put one of his toys in her mouth.

This is bad enough, but it is only going to get worse as she becomes even more mobile. With this in mind, I’ve come up with a few temporary solutions to stop her crawling. Yes, I could be cruel and tie her up or break her legs, but I’m not a barbarian. Instead, my methods are more subtle but equally as effective.

1) Trap her in a box 

baby trapped in box

Babies love boxes – why not keep them in one?

Everyone knows that kids love boxes. Give a kid a box and they’ll turn it into a house, a car or a spaceship. So in a way, this is almost a treat for Baby L and not cruel in the slightest. The great thing about a box is that they come with the flaps that you fold over in order to shut it. So if your sprog is being particularly annoying, then you can always close it up – just remember to add air holes, preferably before you put the baby in there.

2) Block her route with stuff

Baby trapped with toys and furniture

Block their path with anything you can find – this will slow them down massively.

Since having a baby, we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. Our living room is now full of baby-related items that were once not there. You may as well find another use for all of these things as a sprog can only play with one toy at once. Use anything you can – spare toys, furniture, storage boxes etc – to trap the crawling git in an area they can’t escape from. If you’re particularly clever, use the corner of the room as the walls naturally create a barrier, meaning you also need less stuff.

3) Turn a paddling pool into a baby prison

baby trapped in paddling pool

A paddling pool makes a great makeshift prison – just remember to add toys so it isn’t cruel.

When is a paddling pool not a paddling pool? When it is a baby prison. For the past week, our living room has been home to a massive paddling pool. The missus got it on offer for less than a fiver for the summer months, however it looks like an even better bargain now that we can use it all year round. The high sides mean that the little one is unable to get out, whilst there’s still enough space for her to move around. By throwing in loads of random toys, balls and balloons, it automatically becomes a ‘baby sensory experience zone’, thus allowing you to easily fob off Social Security if they think it is cruel.

I know what you’re thinking. And yes, I am a genius. Crawling babies have been a plague upon unsuspecting parents for years, so we now have not one, not two, but three practical and humane ways of keeping a baby immobile. You don’t need to thank me, I’m more than happy to share my parenting tips.

If, for whatever reason, you don’t agree with anything above, just remember that I didn’t include a fourth point – namely, stick her in Dax’s old dog crate. He used to always be pretty comfortable in there, so I don’t see why she wouldn’t!

dax sausage dog in crate

Dax’s old dog crate *could* be used as a baby cage, but I’d never suggest that…

Did your life also change for the worse when your baby learnt to crawl? How did you manage to stay sane with the little bugger(s) causing chaos all over the house? Did you resort to any ‘baby caging’ techniques? Let me know below!

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  • hahaha! This is brilliant…..Her bum shuffle is just adorable yet a little creepy….I had a stair gate on every door just to contain the chaos to at least one room at a time. lol

    • Adorable and creepy sums it up perfectly! Haha good idea – we’ve just gone up to 3 stair gates for the 1 baby!

  • Mama MKDPR

    Yes! Our flipping baby is so strong he just shoves stuff out of the way. Including his heavy wooden highchair. I really miss the stationary days. What an awesome crawl. I’ve never seen anything like it. Our tot also crawls to the beat of his own drum, preferring to act like he’s a soldier crawling under barbed wire at all times.

    • That sounds a pretty cool crawl – maybe the army beckons? 🙂

      • Mama MKDPR

        No way, no how. One of the few good things about Thailand not recognizing my wife as his mother is that he is exempt from the compulsory army service all Thai boys have to complete.

  • Mornapiper

    I’m always saying I love the pre-crawling stage the best- a mobile baby is a liability. Our Great Dane had huge testicles and Sally seemed to kneel on them much more frequently than he deserved! Our house was a veritable gated community with dogs and children gated into different rooms!

    • Haha, that sounds like chaos. I kind of winced a bit when I read the kneeling on testicles thing! We chopped Dax’s off so we don’t have that issue 🙂

  • Wry Mummy

    Ha ha ha, loved this Dave. There is a tipping point when your irritation with picking up those ball pit balls becomes more pressing than annoyance at your baby’s mobility. We bought 500 of them. I’m now down to about 99, having squeezed the others to death in a fit of rage. I digress. There is of course the common or garden “playpen” aka jail. I bought one for my third when he started to move. It was in the garage within a week. The other two basically used it as a mosh pit. They’d be swarming on top of a pile of bean bags and duvets with baby cowering underneath. The simplest of all is the Door. Put them in a safety-checked room. And close the door. Job done. x

    • 500, wow! I think we’re on about 100. Thanks for your words of wisdom, sounds like you’ve been through the wringer over the years. Good idea, I might just trap her in the downstairs toilet or something.

  • Genius!

    The little one started walking this week. Be forewarned that when that happens your wistful eye will be looking back to the crawling days!

    Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    • Ha, I can imagine. It seems like every development stage is awesome but painful in equal measures. Congrats on having a walker!

  • Victoria Welton

    Brilliant! It is certainly not at all easy when they start getting to this age! Hold on though… isn’t dog cage just another name for playpen? No? Just me then! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo 🙂

    • Spot on, playpen and dog cage is pretty much the same I reckon. As long as you put one of those rabbit water bottles to the side and fill it with boob milk, you’re covered for any social services action.

  • Aw she looks so gorgeous in the box!! You’re in for a fun ride, although just remember once she becomes a teenager you’ll be wishing she would get up and move about once in a while…

  • Julia Bryson

    I totally had this problem with Florence, she had to be restricted so that I could manage to get her brother ready for school and all the other stuff you can’t do holding a baby! I borrowed a play pen from a friend and actually it was a godsend. I never had one with my son but this time i just filled it with books and toys and it bought me the odd half an hour here and there! She is cute though! x

  • Steph – midlifemummydiary

    Hahaha – so funny! And oh so true – I remember this stage clearly! And I’m loving the dog pen idea!! Hehehe – shhhhh!!!! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #SundayStars Steph xxx

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  • Mrs Mum nz

    Ha ha ha! I remember this stage well. It really was nice pre-crawling stage wasn’t it?!
    Can I add another suggestion? I used to put my boy in the washing basket or his baby bath. With a few toys for company of course!

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  • Elaine Livingstone

    and now you will realise how easy this stage actually was as each stage gets more difficult.