January 10, 2012,
L.H. asks from Sarasota, FL on August 24, 2007
Tile Floors and Infants
I know that I am an over-protective, first-time mom, but I am having nightmares about my baby girl cracking her head on our tile floor. Our ENTIRE house is tile. We used to love it because we also have two big, shedding dogs, and it makes cleanup much easier. But now that our baby is getting close to standing/walking, the tile terrifies me. It has absolutely no give, so if she hit her head, I think it could cause a really serious injury. I purchased some of those interlinking foam mats, but unless I cover our whole floor, they almost seem MORE dangerous b/c they are easy to trip over. I do think I'm going to buy a bunch more so that I can cover her entire bedroom, but that still leaves the rest of the house...
I just wanted to see if anyone else has raised a baby/toddler in an all-tile house. Did you have any problems? What did you do when they were learning to walk? If I am being overly paranoid, please tell me.
D.T. answers from Tallahassee on August 25, 2007
I know it's a little bit scary but it's not so bad. You can get some inexpensive area rugs for the rooms she crawls in and cover some of the floors or you can buy one or two walkers. They really slide well on tile floors and your baby can't fall out of them. Good luck!
M.O. answers from Jacksonville on August 25, 2007
You could use the rubber mats you have already bought under the area rugs. I lived in another state with all hardwood floors. Also you can use baby gates. Baby walkers can be a hazourd if you are not careful with such a hard floor because of the tendency for the baby to move quicker. Her feet can get caught up under her. More than likely she will be okay though. In my experience my baby never learned to walk in a walker. It actualy prolonged his progress. Every baby is different. I have a two year old active boy. I have been babysitting for 12 years and i have a little girl due in a month. Yes, i would use extra padding around the furniture. I think as mothers we respond more than we should. Ur babies or children do respond off of our reactions and emotions. I was awful with my son. Every time i would see him fall or trip i would react and flip out. He would cry. He was not crying because he was actually hurt, yet he was responding off of my emotions. When i learned not to react and change the subject he would not cry. Now if he crys i know he is truly hurt.there is something different about our own babies. I would have died for any of the babies i kept and i loved them as my own until i had my own i did not realize how we react so different. Maybe it is the bond. I would get some knee pads though. My sons doctor suggested not to allow him to play in the kitchen on the hard floor without kneepads because it could cause later damage to the cartilage and muscle. There is no way to stop falls or accidets. Your house can be totally carpeted and be like my son. Every time he would visit my neighbor. He would crack his head on her real wood coffee table. Keep a couple of ice packs in the freezer. If she does hit her head apply the ice. As the other mother told you about the signs you may need to take her to the er. I hope this helps.
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S.A. answers from Tallahassee on August 25, 2007
Why not buy some thick area rugs? Putting some good shoes on her with rubber soles would help her from slipping! Make sure there isn't any paper or toys on the floor where she could trip over.
Tile is usually in every person's home somewhere (kitchen, bathroom for most people) you shouldn't worry so much. Bare foot kids are the best kids! Just don't put socks on her feet so much...
Kids will have accidents. My son has slipped on a noodle in the kitchen and hit his noggin' pretty hard, but he's still smart as ever. They aren't going to lose any SAT points if they hurt themselves.
C.H. answers from Jacksonville on August 28, 2007
I have a nine month old son who is trying to walk. Our whole downstairs is tile. I had a major problem with it when he was learning to crawl. I felt like everytime he hit his head he was getting a concussion or something. Finally we broke down and bought some remnant pieces of carpet, we didn't cover the whole floor just a portion. And it seemed to help, but either way they are going to have to learn how to "fall" correctly etc. My advice just try to be there when they tumble but ultimately they will bounce right back. They fall a couple of times they eventually find a way to fall easier. If that makes any sense. Your not paranoid I think most new moms feel the same way.
A.S. answers from Jacksonville on August 27, 2007
Area rugs will help. My house is mostly concrete floors. My little boy would hit his head often enough but never anything really serious. Nothing loving won't cure.
M.B. answers from Miami on January 10, 2012
This was a problem for me too. After searching everywhere for a really good sock solution, I eventually made my own. You can find them at www.grippytoes.com. They really made a huge difference. Good luck!
K.T. answers from Sarasota on August 25, 2007
I'd use the mats and a fenced in area with those baby fences and gates. We only have 1 carpeted room and my husband has nailed up wood to keep the baby in that 1 large room when we can't be right there with him protecting him from falling on the tile. It is short enough for us to just get over it, but my children are not able to clear it and my daughter is 4 and my son is almost 16 months. You'll figure it out. We always do when it comes to protecting our kids. Good luck because falls will happen. You are right in your worries. Mommy brain is a wonderful thing.
B.B. answers from Jacksonville on August 24, 2007
You are not over protective. I am the same way with my two girls 27mths and 8mths when we visit my in-laws whose house is all tile. Tile is not forgiving. When my daughter is crawling and tries to reach for something I put my hand in front of her chest so if she falls I can catch her. All babies and toddlers will fall and hurt themselves. Yes tile is a lot harder and you need to take more precautious but children's heads are hard as well and a fall while crawling wont be that bad because they are close to the ground. What worries me more is my toddler. A child that is running or jumping off of something can get hurt a lot more because they will be hitting the ground with force. I would buy rugs for the living room and bedroom so she has some soft area to play. You are doing everything right and need to be more cautious and pay more attention to what she is doing especially when she starts to pull up and walk. Good luck, because I sure wouldn't want to have my kids in an all tile home. I was like you too I have a dog and always wanted a tile home as well. Now I still like them because then my daughter wouldn't be getting hair in her hands when she crawls but I would rather that then a serious injuries. Also, the rug might help your daughter to crawl quicker because tile is hard on the kneels and not very comfortable to crawl on. Just remember no matter what you do or how you child proof your home your child will fall and get hurt, that is what they do. My oldest will find anything to climb on or jump off of. She tries to stand on her cars that obviously roll away when she does it.