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We are moving from a carpeted apartment to a house with all hard floors in less than 2 weeks. Ds is 6.5 months old and we will live in the house for 1-2 years probably (military). I started browsing online for area rugs and they are expensive!!! I'm thinking hard floors + baby = bumps bumps bumps. What do you do?
 

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Right now we have one of those giant foam puzzle mats down in her play area. It's about 5-6' by 3-4', but could be bigger if we used all the pieces. I also have a couple soft blankets on top of that along with a boppy and stuffed animals to fall on.
 

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we have absolutely no carpet anywhere in our home. we have a 9mth old DS who is learning to walk. he does fall but he has learned to fall on his butt. we have the foam mats as well, but he is fine on the floors. it took him a while to master crawling cuz it's slippery, but he got it. they adapt to anything. your babe will be fine!
 

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They just get used to it, no big deal really. You can have them wear a cushy fleece hat in winter to protect the noggin.
 

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We have that foam puzzle mat down in her room - i figure it gives her one place that's a big softer. Otherwise, she definitely has taken some hard falls and bumped her head, but I find that often it doesn't bother her as much as I think it will, especially if she's intent on trying to do something. It helps, too, if I don't react when she bumps herself. Occasionally she cries for a minute, but then she forgets about it and moves on.<br>
I do find that the floors are sometimes slippery as she's learning to crawl, especially if she's wearing something soft like fleece. For a while, she did her best crawling when she was naked.
 

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What kind of hard floors? Tile or hardwood or laminate?<br>
Our first home had pergo floors in the living room and kitchen. We were in that house from the time DD was born until she was 15 months old. It really wasn't a problem, and we only had one area rug. They usually fall on their behinds. Those foam mat things are good too.<br><br>
We moved into our current house which has carpet in living and dining area, and hard tile in the kitchen. The only time the hard tile is a problem is when it has just been washed and dd goes running across it. So, I don't mop until she is in bed.<br>
We desperately want to get rid of the carpet and put in bamboo. Carpet gets very disgusting with two dogs, a cat and a toddler. We are hoping our tax return will be enough to cover it.
 

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I'm not sure - I haven't seen the house. Dh went ahead of ds and me to find a house. He said it is fake marble looking stuff. I'm really not familiar with different types of floors, but I guess maybe that sounds like laminate? Not hardwood and not tile.<br><br>
I feel much better about this, thank you all! I'll look into the foam mats.
 

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we actually removed the area rugs since i felt like i could get the hw floor so much cleaner. i did use the foam blocks for awhile. but when she started crawling unless i carpeted the floor with them, i kinda had to let her go sometime!! she learned after just a bump of 2 that she needed to protect herself and put her hands down first. i dont think she bumped her head anymore here than she does at my mums who has carpet. oh and we got out blocks at lowes in case no one mentioned that (i didnt read all the posts).
 

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We have two big area rugs, one in each room though they def dont cover everything. DS does get some bumps, but he's learned to be careful<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> checkout your local goodwill/resale stores for rugs. I've seen some nice ones!
 

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My youngest is the same age as yours and she is doing great on them. I have no rugs at all right now (just moved in a few months ago) and she does fine. She sits up all on her own but when she does tumble, she does bump her head sometimes,but it is no big deal. She doesn't even cry. She doesn't know any different. I wouldn't worry about it. I LOVE hardwood...no stains on the carpet and everything wipes up. I HATED HATED HATED carpet in our old house!
 

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I have all hardwood floors as well, and DS learned to crawl just fine on them, and is now working on walking. I just make sure he has shoes on that have grippy things on them. He did fall and bonk his head a few times when he was learning to stand, but that was a very short time (maybe a week?).<br><br>
I briefly thought about buying the foam puzzle piece thing, but when I looked at it in the store, it smelled so strongly, that I knew I couldn't live with it in my house. I don't know if you can buy some that don't off gas so badly, but if you go that route, smell them first to see if you can tolerate them.
 

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I briefly thought about buying the foam puzzle piece thing, but when I looked at it in the store, it smelled so strongly, that I knew I couldn't live with it in my house. I don't know if you can buy some that don't off gas so badly, but if you go that route, smell them first to see if you can tolerate them.</div>
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let them sit outside for a couple weeks.<br><br>
they smell nasty!
 

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I have hard floors throughout and I like that i can really get them clean when I try. Otherwise the issue would be grippiness of footwear and grey knees/soles. The essentially dust as they slip across the floor. Tumbles haven't been bad and my babes don't seem to mind crawling on them either.<br><br>
Good luck with your move and all the adjustments!
 

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The key for my dd has been no socks, and pants (if it's cold) rolled up almost to her knees. Sure, some people comment, but with socks she slipped and bumped her face/head so many times that even my dad, a big-time proponent of socks, backed off. He actually just bought her a pair of Robeez with good leather soles for when she starts walking!
 

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I'm with TinyMama - socks are a bad combo with hard floors.<br>
Our little Fish is only just learning to crawl, but I'm finding that she's very creative at finding ways to wedge her little feet against things to get traction. Like a previous poster, I like that I can get the floors nice and clean and I don't have to worry about the carpet.
 

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Pretty much. My inlaws have no carpet in there house whatsoever, just tile and hard wood. My son has hurt himself so many times I have lost count. I would definitely recommend getting as many thick, cushy rugs as possible!
 

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Let them get bumps sometimes. They learn quickly. And they are pretty close to the ground.
 

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We have hardwood floors and I was concerned at first too. When he wasn't crawling or sitting up yet, I'd put DS on a yoga mat. Once he started crawling, there was nothing I could do. He bumped his head a bit, but it was no big deal -- they're meant to do that. I actually think it taught him to work on being more stable. It's totally fine. The bumping head stage lasted no more than a month, and now it's a non-issue. Enjoy your new house!
 

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Let them get bumps, that is what learning to walk and crawl and sit up is all about! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We have one area rug and I spread out a full-size bedspread on the floor for him to roll around on. I can just fold it up and stick it back in the closet at night, and it covers most of the living room that isn't on the area rug.
 
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