Four points to keep in mind when the baby learns to walk
Baby learns to walk – here is how you can help!
Baby is taking his/her first wobbly steps and your joy knows no bounds. Yes, this is an important development milestone for your baby. Our kid has just started taking a few steps, at close to one year, though he needs some assistance. However, each baby is different and time taken by your baby to reach this stage might not be same as that of other kids. Excited to know more, well read on then!
When does the baby learn to walk?
Babies tend to take their first steps roughly by they turn one. Some kids may take longer, even up to 18 months. An important point to note here is that some of them may never crawl and leapfrog to walking instead. But how do you know that your baby is ready for the takeoff? Here are a few signals that you ought to watch out for:
- Rolling around
- Trying to climb stairs
You may want to track your kid’s progress month by month. In case the kid is not trying to make any effort to move around, you ought to consult your doctor.
How you can encourage walking?
Your kid is going to need a lot of practice and assistance before starting to walk alone. Here is how you can prepare him/her.
- Our kid started with a walker (P.S. walkers are banned in Canada and there is a growing clamor for same action in the US). He was not taking off to start with, but became extremely active after using one. However, we take extreme care to ensure he doesn’t get involved in something terrible.
- Once your kid is able to stand, let him/her walk in front of you, first by holding his/her hands and later on, alone. The kid would welcome some encouragement and praise.
Please take enough care to ensure that:
- Furniture with sharp edges such as tables should be covered appropriately to avoid coffee-table lacerations – which occur just above eyebrows.
- Consider moving away furniture items that get toppled easily.
- Rugs, cables, loose carpet and any such item over which the kid may topple should be cleared from the way.
Buying the kid a walker?
Well, a blanket ban is in place in Canada over the sale of walkers and the American Academy of Pediatrics supports the same. These are involved in a number of accidents and if you are going to shop for one anyway, you ought to be extremely careful to ensure that the kid doesn’t get involved in an accident.
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