Are you waiting with bated breath for your baby’s first steps? Do you want to encourage him to build the confidence to walk? Does your little one seem interested in sitting up or crawling and you feel it is the right time for him to begin walking? Has your pediatrician asked you to encourage him to try to walk t home?
If you are thinking of any of the above, read on to know how you can teach her to walk.
How Can You Teach Your Baby To Walk?
Your baby may try to walk the moment he can stand up on his own, whether or not he falls, or he can stand. On the other hand, your baby may wait till he feels he is completely sure of his balance before he starts to walk.
In most cases, he will begin walking sometime around the ages of 12 to 17 months. Some babies may begin walking as early as ten months or even as late as 18 months, but both the situations are normal. There are many factors that will affect when your baby begins walking, and genetics will also play a big role. Despit
Here are a few safe ways you can use to help your baby start walking:
1. Help Your Baby Strengthen The Back Muscles:
Most people feel that the leg muscles are the ones that will support walking, but the back muscles have a far bigger role to play.
- Your baby’s back muscles are the ones that will help him finally get the strength to walk on his own. To help him strengthen his back muscles, you should encourage movement in his head and neck. You can do this by simply showing him things of interest that are at a slightly elevated level than his line of vision. You can also point out to objects that are not directly in his line of sight and for which he needs to move his neck.
- Another great way you can help to strengthen your baby’s back muscles is by making him lie down on his stomach. Doing activities that encourage movement in his neck and head and giving him enough tummy time will ensure that he has better control over his muscles. Once he develops strength in the back muscles, he will be able to start his journey towards walking.
2. Help Your Baby To Practice Coordination:
Your baby will require a lot of balance and coordination before he can learn to walk on his own.
- Once he can sit up on his own, you can help him to develop and practice his balance and coordination.
- Sit down on the floor or a clean and firm surface with him. Take a ball and roll it towards him and again away from him. It will encourage him to try and keep his balance as he moves forward and backward about the ball. You can also move the ball from one side of your baby to the other, and help his coordination on the side too.
3. Encourage Your Baby To Participate In More Games:
Playing games with your baby is a fun and effective way of encouraging him to walk.
- Devise fun games that you can play with your baby, which require your baby to move and balance.
- If your baby learns to crawl, you can put him down on the floor and get down on all four yourself too. Encourage him to crawl and make it a game to chase him by crawling yourself. Make it fun by laughing and giggling with him and trying to catch him each time you come near. It will encourage him to try and crawl faster and will help him in controlling his arm and leg movements better.
4. Make It Interesting For Your Baby To Reach Out For Things:
According to doctors, as long as your baby shows an interest and reaching out and grabbing things, it will increase his interest to walk and move.
- As a parent, you have to stimulate him constantly so that he tries to reach out for something and finally grabs it. It will contribute immensely towards his overall walking skills.
- Take some of your baby’s favorite toys or items and place them at a distance from him. Make sure he can see where you are placing them and that they are not too far, just a little out of reach. Also, make sure that you keep the items on the same level as your baby, for example, if he is on the floor, keep the items at a distance from him on the floor itself.
- He may try to reach the object by crawling or even standing. If you have a sofa or a low chair nearby, you can also place the toy on a slightly elevated place. It will encourage him to try and stand up and take a step towards the toy. Support him if he tries to walk towards the toy and make sure you keep the game fun and interesting by bringing over new treasures at regular intervals.
5. Damage Control Your Baby’s Fall:
Your baby may be almost ready to take those first steps, but sometimes, a fear of falling can prevent him from doing so.
- If he has already learned how to stand up by pulling himself and standing for a while, it is time for you to move on to the next step. If you think he is afraid of falling, help him overcome his fears by placing cushions along the way. Even if he falls once, he will know that it will not hurt him. You can pretend to walk and then fall in front of him on the cushions a few times and laugh. It will show him that it is a fun way to walk ahead and fall.
- If he still looks scared, you can offer him your hand and help him walk ahead. Show him that he can also move ahead by holding on to furniture or other objects on the way. Just make sure that none of those objects have sharp edges or have a risk of toppling over.
6. Assist Your Baby Properly While He Starts Walking:
Once your baby starts taking those first steps, it is important to hold him properly while he walks.
- In the beginning when he is still not stable on his feet, you should hold him just above the ribs.
- Once he becomes more stable and can balance better, you should hold him around the hips. It will ensure that his core muscles are stable and strong.