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Babies love new places! There’s so much to investigate and new things to touch. But many people aren’t too happy to have your little one crawling or toddling freely about the house exploring everything in sight. While you may think it’s adorable that your baby found the Tupperware, your host may not think it’s cute that her tidy cabinet has been rearranged by sticky, little hands. If your host has a big heart she’ll let you know that your baby’s exploring is okay. But even then, you run the risk of your baby breaking something or finding something inappropriate.
The best thing you can do is bring along a bag of toys to hold your child’s attention. You can purchase new items at the dollar store or dig through your baby’s toy box to put together a collection of forgotten favorites. Avoid bringing loud toys that may annoy others, and bring toys that will hold your baby’s attention for a long time – old favourites or items that are new to them are best.