It seems like over night BB has started pulling himself up on everything and cruising around the furniture. I love to watch him do it but sometimes he does try in places that are unsafe. Of course I then move him away which upsets him, then he tries to go right back to the place he is not meant to go. I am sure it is a story you all know well. Rather than constantly moving him and it ending with tears I decided to make a furniture obstacle course for him.

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You will need:

  • Cushions
  • Back cushions to sofa
  • Sturdy foot stalls

furniture obstacle course for babies

All you need to do is make obstacles for your little one to pull up on, crawl over, crawl up, and cruise along. I placed one large sofa cushion on the floor so that it made a step up onto the sofa. With this I encouraged BB to climb up as it will help strengthen his arms.

furniture obstacle course for babies

Coming down again is way harder! Especially when you have a toy in your hand.

Another time I added his favourite toys to the different levels which meant he had to climb up to get them.

furniture obstacle course for babies

With the smaller cushions I placed them around the floor for him to crawl over. BB’s crawling is more akin to army crawling. He can put himself into a proper crawling position but doesn’t really stay like that once he starts moving. Getting him to crawl over the pillows helps put him back into that crawling stance and strengthen his arms.

furniture obstacle course for babies

People make the best things to climb on.

Don’t forget to use yourself in this activity. BB loves to use me to pull up on and crawl over.  He especially loves it if my glasses are in reach and he can grab at them.

furniture obstacle course for babies

BB spent all afternoon playing on his furniture obstacle course, and we managed to avoid any tears about him trying to pull up on things he can’t. The major plus of this was that it really tired him out and he slept silently that night.

furniture obstacle course for babies

Got distracted by the dog and the dog basket in the end.

If you enjoyed this furniture obstacle course them be sure to check out my balloon tennis and indoor mini golf course.

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Help develop gross motor skills in babies by making them a furniture obstacle course to crawl over, crawl up and down, pull up on, and cruise around.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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