I keep all the lights on when handling my hedgie. That way, I can see where quills, poo, and the hedgie all go
. Hedgie quills on furniture or the carpet can hurt when you are not expecting it. I try to handle them in the same place (different lap/floor pad) that way, I can vaccum after I put them up.
I also try to have music or noise going when I have them out. When I say out, I mean hedgie bag or lap pad. I have a one yr old little boy, so noise seems to be a constant. I figure it's better they get use to it from the start verses later on.