How To Help Your Baby To Walk

 

How To Help Your Baby To Walk

2021/02/04

How To Help Your Baby To Walk - Tips For Getting Baby To Walk & Help Your Baby To Walk » Useful Tips To Help Your baby To WalkThe first time your toddler props up his two legs to stand on them and hesitantly sways forward, you look on from the side lines, as most proud parents do, with a mix of anticipation and anxiousness.

Yes, you have just witnessed the bitter-sweet moment where your little one has taken his first step into toddler-hood, and is now on a fast-track to walking. Unlike many other things, that can be taught to your baby, crawling, standing up straight and walking are a few things that your little one will do wholly on his/her own initiative and only when he/she is absolutely ready.

Now, having carried your baby everywhere, for close to one and a half years, it is only understandable that you may be keenly looking forward to this stage, where he can walk along with you, matching your steps. But here is the thing; this new phase is no cake-walk. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting those good old days back, when he used to love being carried around.

No cake walk

Toddler-hood is then a difficult time, for both you and your baby. As a parent you will now notice that your child simply doesn’t eat, rest or sleep. This is very common as children are themselves so excited to be walking that they sometimes even get up in the middle of the night to practice their walking, even on the bed.

Also, your child will now develop an undying thirst for exploring. Your little one’s new found mobility is like a licence for him to explore all those nooks and corners of the house he found fascinating and exciting.

So be rest assured, you will have your hands full trying to restrain him and contain him. This will become more difficult outdoors, where everything loud, colorful and moving will pull his attention and hence trigger his need to explore it in detail.

This is also a tiring phase for your little one, as from his point of view he has so much to learn, touch and feel and hardly anytime, with you bound to interfere and put an immediate end to many of his exciting discoveries, such as the sharp rows of teeth in your dog’s mouth.

Coping with independence

For your child it is very difficult to cope with this sudden scrutiny of everything he does, as a result he may start resenting your authority and all those “NOs” you rain down on him every minute. Hence, don’t be surprised if he starts toddling in the opposite direction seeing you approach. Now the thing to remember here is that he doesn’t resent you, but the constant disciplining, which leaves him with very little space to do his own thing.

So the best thing to do at this stage is to give him a wide berth. Drop everything else and follow him around, but from the shadows. Let him have a field day exploring and learning about new things, like leaves and twigs and insects. In fact, participate in his hunts, and every time something interests him and he picks it up to take a closer look, take its name about 4-5 times so he understands it has a name.

Another thing you can do is to distract him by getting him a pull-along toy. Or you can actually tie a rope around one of his favourite toys and drag him around the house, and see him toddle behind his toy. Once he becomes more confident of the steps he is taking, then get him a pull-along dog or duck or something like that, so that he can take them outside for a walk.

This generally helps contain your toddler in the house or even in a room. Another game to play with him at this stage is hide and seek. You can always pretend to run or hide behind a curtain or sofa and watch him as he giggles and toddles over to where you are hiding. Children usually love this game, and so do mothers.

Certain precautions a must

However, once this stage is reached, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first thing is don’t make your toddler walk a lot. The day he takes his first step, don’t drag him out for a walk the next day. It takes your child about a month or two to practice and perfect his/ her walking skills. So in the meantime take it very slow and easy. Like adults, babies too have different levels of stamina. Let your toddler decide how much he wants to walk, don’t decide for him.

This stage is also the most dangerous stage of his development, as he now has access to everything including the pressing iron, electrical sockets and even the stove. So don’t leave him unattended at any time, as you never know when or where his little finger is pushing or turning what. Take special care in the bathroom as that is where some of the worst accidents happen, as your baby’s little feet simply can’t grip the wet titles in the bathroom well enough to enable him to walk.

Going Barefoot better or shoes??

Also I would advise you not to go overboard buying him all kinds of cute shoes to match all his outfits. Instead invest in a one pair of good branded shoes and one pair sandals, for when he goes out. Make sure the shoes have hard soles and not soft or feathery ones, as for walking he needs shoes with a good grip and fit. At home, it is a good practice to simply let him walk barefoot as much as possible, as the more he walks the more his legs get the hang of balancing his weight.

In fact, this is what actually decides your baby’s posture in the years to come. Once his legs are strong and sturdy, say after about three years of age, then you can go wild shopping shoes for him. For winters you can buy him socks with rubber patches. These socks are commonly available at all leading outlets and provide your baby with good grip on the floor, while keeping him cosy and warm.

Avoid mollycoddling, as too much of it and he will grow up to be a pleat in your skirt. So, when he falls, and he surely will, don’t go ballistic over him, and he will not start crying. Children will always look to you, to see what to feel. So if you start howling and fussing, so will he. Best is to stay calm and composed when he falls, so that he realises it is no big deal. In fact, let him take a tumble or two, it’s good for character building and will keep him in check.

Lastly, parents are always undoubtedly more excited than their children who actually took their first step. But with this new-found independence of your child comes new challenges and responsibilities for you. So my advice to you would be to give him some space, and allow him to explore within reasonable confines, keep a watchful eye on him, equip him with good shoes , and child-proof your house at the latest.

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