TEACHING A BABY TO WALK
Learning to walk happens at a varied pace for every healthy baby. Many parents are concerned if a kid does not meet this developmental milestone by their first birthday. The good news is that it’s not too early to start worrying.
This article outlines what to look for as your baby approaches the walking milestone, how to encourage them, and what indicators of delay might prompt a visit to a pediatric healthcare practitioner.
When Buying a Car
If a baby isn’t ready to walk by their first birthday, or even many months later, it’s normal for them not to be able to do so. In reality, many newborns do not begin tottering until they are 13 months of age or beyond. At 15 to 16 months old, some youngsters may not be able to walk, which is within the typical range.
Many babies are unable to walk by the time they turn one. Other milestones, such as whether your child can bear weight on their legs when supported by 12 months; pull themselves up to a stand; and cruise (walking while hanging onto objects for assistance), are also crucial to evaluation of a child’s ability to walk independently.
Take your kids for a walk more often.
Even if your child is moving at their rate, you can still offer some support. These activities may encourage your infant to go out on their own two feet.
Take a Breath of Fresh Air
Babies need to be able to get around on their feet. When children are barefoot on a surface with strong traction, they often have the best grip (not a slippery floor). So if you can, let your youngster go barefoot whenever possible in the house. New walkers should wear shoes with flexible soles.
Action should be shifted to the top of the screen.
Perhaps your youngster is a master crawler who has little interest in walking. Crawling may not be an option if it is entirely mobile and works for them. Getting them interested in walking may be as simple as moving the action off the floor.
Toys can be placed on the edge of the couch or a coffee table. Get the coffee table farther away from the sofa, so they have to take an independent step to move between places once they’ve been intrigued by that and are consistently pulling up and cruising the furniture. If you have any harsh edges or corners on your furniture, make sure you baby-proof them.
Use a Toy to Entice Them
If seated on the floor, encourage your child to use a firm chair to pull themselves up. If they try to take a step toward you or your toy when you’re a few feet away, you know they’re curious.
Avoid placing toys in a circle around your child on the floor to discourage exploration if you want to get them moving more often. Instead, place toys all over your child’s room to encourage movement. It’s just out of reach that they’re willing to put forth some effort to get it.
You can also provide your child with items they can hold onto while standing. The act of clinging to something might be therapeutic sometimes. The hands of confident children are more likely to be complete (each clutching a tiny toy or object) than empty at the start of a new activity. For children to have fun, they should handle an egg shaker.
Allow for Unstructured Time in the Workspace
Due to a lack of practice time, some youngsters may not be interested in learning the art of walking. Even in your arms or in a carrier, some youngsters are perfectly delighted to play for hours and hours in an exersaucer.
This is OK, but make sure they have plenty of time to walk around on the floor (supervised, of course) so that they may put their newly developed gross motor abilities to work.
If your child wants to play on the floor, make sure it’s a safe location with things they can pull or stand on. Parents should also ensure that furniture, especially televisions and anything with pull-out drawers, is securely fastened to the wall.
Your baby’s standing and walking may be aided by an exersaucer, a jumper, or a stationary sit-in “walker” (notice that mobile baby walkers are not safe, as they can cause injury). While this may be true in theory, research reveals otherwise.
Even though these goods are marketed as “baby walking aids,” research suggests that they do not speed up a baby’s development toward the first steps and may even interfere with a child’s natural gait.
When learning to walk, babies employ distinct muscle areas than when using these devices. Instead of learning to balance themselves, they rely on technology.
With an exersaucer, your youngster will likely like toys with a wide, comfortable base and wheels that roll slowly. As youngsters begin to walk and balance, these safe toddler walker toys provide them with something solid to grip onto. In addition, these items take up far less space than traditional ones.