Walking is a very important developmental milestone that parents of a baby celebrate. Among them is the day when their baby takes the first step to walk. You can only feel joy and pleasure if you have a young child of your own. After the birth of a child or infant, parents patiently or anxiously wait for their toddler to take the first step. Learning to walk is like the first step toward growth that makes one less worry for every parent. We will tell you how to encourage baby to walk.
The exact time!
Well, there is no exact date after the birth of a baby that he learns independent walking. Each baby learns at his own pace. It depends on muscle strength, growth, support from his parents or guardians, etc. At first, babies learn how to turn sides. Then he crawls on four. How cute the crawling is! He will grab anything he finds. Parents will help him grab furniture and stand on his two. This may take almost a year. Babies will learn to walk while holding onto something like the hands of their parents, or piece of furniture, etc. This continues for well over a year after birth.
Although parents may give inspiration to their baby to take independent steps, they should not force anything. It wholly depends on the baby himself. Some babies are stronger than others and will automatically take steps alone and amaze everyone and make their parents proud. But others may be a bit afraid or hesitant somehow and will take their first step only when they feel sure of themselves. They will roll like cute chubby potatoes and please your eyes and make you cuddle them more. But they too will one day take their first step independently. Till then all you need is to be patient and give support to your baby.
Baby Makes Discovery:
Imagine the baby chickens that grow in nature, free of all restrictions. These are different breeds. They walk and exercise their hearts out till they become super walkers themselves one day. Your baby is no different. Let him roll, tumble, crawl and discover things on his own. Just keep watch for possible dangerous situations like falling and hitting your head and other accidents. Be the watcher, not the overseer.
It is easy to make your baby do personal adventures. You know what he likes by now. Lay down a trail of his favorite toy or push toy. Set each toy away from the first one so that the baby needs to move his whole body to get it. Put it up, down, hide it above the sofa, or below the dining table – in short, keep it mysterious but easy to find and access. You can use a walking toy too!
Now, if your baby is standing on his own, the next will be to make him move with confidence. At first, it will take some time to figure out how to balance the weight while early walking. Slowly guide him along the side of the sofa or low table so that he can follow by holding onto the sides. Guide him one furniture to the next but be on guard lest he should fall and hurt himself. Watch for the corners of the furniture, they are deadly.
You can also hold the hands of your baby and make him walk. Although you will have some backache that is worthwhile.
Give him a toy that he can push while holding it and balancing himself. This is a very good muscle-building exercise. It will increase his balance as well. The toy should be well-balanced. Avoid using walkers as they can give back problems and cause accidents by tipping over or rolling down slopes.
Do not put shoes on him. It is better to be barefooted. It will increase his affinity to the ground and will be less hazardous. Remember all those times when you tripped over because of your shoes! You do not want your baby to go through that. Keep indoors until he can balance himself to some extent. Next will be walking on the outdoor soil. Give him very lightweight shoes to wear, not anything too cumbersome.
Give him a break. Just like your gym trainer tells you to take a rest for a day before your resume your gym session, you stop your baby for a while. Then resume again.
Things that are normal:
If you are worried that your baby is tripping and falling, then know this, it is very normal, and there is no baby in this world but trips and falls many times. Think of it as the process of growing up strong. A little falling will make him stronger. All you need to do is to make your house safer for your child. Always keep watch. Do not let the weeping of your baby because it may not be from a little fall rather from frustration. It will not take much time for him to forget all that and keep running around.
If the flat feet of your baby is scaring you, then do not be. Because at this age every baby has flat and chubby feet. With time the fat will melt, and the actual line will show.
The same thing goes for pigeon-toed feet. Usually, this goes away within six months from the first time she took her first step. If it is not going away on its own then you may have to see a doctor who will give you a few correctional exercises. Your baby may have to wear a correctional shoe.
Another issue is the bowed-leg. This happens naturally as he remains curled within his mom’s womb. By the eighteenth month, this should be automatically corrected, hold your patience till he is three years of age. Slowly your baby will grow leg muscles for more exercise, and soon baby’s muscles will be stronger to walk.
Tiptoeing is also another thing that may bother you very much. When your baby does adventures, he slowly begins to grasp the depth of field and center of gravity of his body.
Therefore, do not worry! Your baby is learning healthily! Just watch over him! Now you have the information on how to encourage baby to walk.