Learning to Walk


Learning to Walk
Learning to Walk
Your child’s first years will be filled with fond memories, as these will be packed with incredible milestones. The big milestone that you are most likely going to remember with love and pride is the time that he/she takes his/her very first steps. Learning to walk is one of the most significant signs of physical development in your baby, so it is only logical for parents to be anxious when it comes to trying to determine when this will happen. You should know though that the development of babies varies, so you shouldn’t worry if your baby does not walk by the time she turns 1 year old and your friend’s did.

Determining When Your Baby Will Take His or Her First Steps
In most cases, babies learn to walk by the time they turn a year old. However, the age bracket normally ranges from 9 months to 18 months. This is only the average though, so in the case your child does not take his/her first steps within this period, you should not become overly concerned. Some babies do not go through the normal progression of crawling, standing, walking; they skip the crawling phase and go right ahead to walking. If your baby is already rolling around, scooting, climbing the stairs with his/her hands, or crab walking, then it will not be long till he/she starts walking.

Encouraging and Motivating Your Child to Take His/Her First Steps
According to experts, most babies take around 1,000 hours of practice starting from the period that they are able to use their arms to pull themselves upwards to the time that they are finally able to walk on their own. The good news is that there are several ways you can encourage and motivate your baby to go and make the big leap. Here are a few of them:

  • Strong back muscles are the key to walking. These are developed when babies lift their heads while lying on their stomach. To motivate your baby to practice doing this, place their favorite toy in front of them while they are on their stomach so that they must lift their heads to look at the toy and potentially reach for it.
  • Once your baby is able to sit, you should proceed to helping him/her improve his/her balance. You can do this through activities such as back and forth ball rolling. Such activities will help strengthen his/her back, neck, arms, and legs, while also improving your baby’s hip control.
  • Holding your baby’s hands while letting him/her walk in front of you once he/she can sit will help your child test out balance. Don’t forget to shower your kid with praises, kisses, and attention so that he/she will know that this is a good thing to do.
  • It is important that you do not rush things when your baby is still in the process of learning to walk. Again, babies have their own tempo and rhythm, so it is best that you just provide all the encouragement and motivation in anticipation of your child taking his/her first steps.

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