We gave her freedom of movement. She only uses the crib in my office for naps or when I have to go to the toilet. She’s free to explore every part of the house, climb furniture and stairs and I let her fall (not from the stairs!) because that allows her to recognize danger. She sleeps on a hard mattress on the floor, not in a baby bed. Surprisingly, she doesn’t roll over to the floor at night.
Now that she’s learning to walk, I’m sometimes asked if she’s using a walker. Among other baby-assisting “gadgets”, I avoided walkers, especially the type that is round with two holes for the baby’s legs, surrounded with all things colorful and noisy. And baby bouncers. Science proves that these gadgets hinder the development of babies. Pediatricians discouraged the use of baby walkers and they are even outlawed in Canada. Personally, I think parents should respect the natural development of the child and not “force” them by using aiding gadgets like a walker.