Keeping a safe and accessible environment for your baby

Our blind baby is now growing up and he / she is trying to explore and navigate his / her surroundings. Should we limit this new experience for the sake of protection? How can we deal with it? Should we give him / her the opportunity to go for this exploratory trip?

Keeping a safe environment for the blind child is a basic thing to ensure his / her safety as a baby and as a blind. This does not mean that we hinder his / her attempts to gain new experiences using his / her other senses. Psychologists always encourage the parents to give their children a space to develop their cognitive experience; they always stress the importance of that for the process of growth. On the other hand, overprotection is really the worst enemy that can damage the building of the personality of the blind baby and it can reduce the speed of his / her cognitive, social, and psychological growth. You may hear me speak about the influence of overprotection on the blind person in general from time to time throughout my posts. But let us focus on our baby now. Ok, that’s fine. What should we do to achieve this balance between ensuring safety and avoiding overprotection?

The mother should not change the place of furniture, toys, or anything that the child is used to play with. This is very stressful for a blind child  baby especially if he / she is still non verbal.
If the mother wishes to change something, she should explain it for the child by letting him / her feel this change. This is of course applicable if the child is a bit older and he / she can understand this concept.
Another suggestion is to specify a certain corner or an area in the room, and to put a rug on which the child can crawl and reach his toys. This implies that the mother should not let the baby stay all the time in his / her stroller or bed, as this will limit the baby’s opportunity to explore his environment
Any electric outlets or plugs that are reachable by the child should be closed. Don’t leave room or closet doors open or half open because it is dangerous for the child. Avoid putting food or hot beverages on the floor or leaving detergents reachable by the child’s hands. This sounds to be basic knowledge for all mothers who even do not have blind children. The problem is that the mother may not be careful enough to take these safety precautions into consideration. She may think that her child is blind so he / she may not notice the existence of these things, on the contrary, because the baby lacks his/her eye sight, the urgency of touching and exploring the environment around him / her is stronger.

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