How to teach your baby to walk?

Your baby will have several developmental milestones during early childhood. One of the most prominent when your baby takes the first step of it. If you don’t know how to teach your baby to walk.

Don’t worry!

Here you will find everything you need to know about your baby’s walking milestones.

When does a baby learn to walk?

As we all know, every baby is different from the others. Most babies start walking when they are 12 months old, and some may even start walking before 12 or 10 months, while others may take longer than 12 months. So, it depends on many factors like the baby’s physical health, genetics, and determination.

You can also help your baby move, no matter what stages your little one is in. It takes some time to learn to sit and walk. There are several milestones in the baby’s march.

Milestones:

Although a newborn baby does not have strong legs, his feet dangle and try to touch any hard surface. But when they reach at 6 months, they may bounce their feet every time. And they may try to stand balance on your thighs or a surface.

Whereas at 9 months, they can start to get up with some support. And, when they reach 10 months, they bend their knees and sit alone by themselves. Finally, when they reach at 12 months, they begin to walk on their own.

How to guide your baby to walk?

There are many activities you can do to guide your baby to walk. We discuss some of them below in this article.

1. Stool sit-ups

Exercise is a great option for your baby to walk alone because it helps babies to strengthen their leg muscles so that they can begin to walk without any support.

You need to take a small stool and sit your baby on it without back support. Make sure your baby’s feet touch the floor while she is sitting on a stool. And then put some of her favorite toys near them and ask them to pick them up. This will help them to strengthen their muscles and legs.

2. Cruising

At this stage, when your baby is between 8 and 10 months old. Then try to stand up with the help of walls or any object. Therefore, you should help your baby to stand against the bed or sofa with one hand holding a sofa or bed and the other gripping your hand.

Make sure your floor should be clutter-free to avoid any kind of injury.

3. Cruise and Kick

Place a ball in the way, as your baby cruises. Although, he may accidently kick the ball and trip. And, after trying for a while he will eventually kick the ball by himself.

4. Assisted Walking

Keep your baby standing and help him move his upper arms forward. Her hips and legs will continue to help him walk on his own.

Games to teach your baby to walk:

Here, you can do different games to teach your baby to walk.

1. Roll Ball

Place a rolling ball on the floor and have your baby sit on the ball without her feet touching the floor. You just have to support her hips and hold onto him. Then roll the ball back and forth and sideways.

2. Fill the basket

You can put your favorite toys on the floor and put a basket some distance from your baby’s toys. Then ask them to pick up the toys, crawl to the basket, and put them inside.

3. Balloon blow

Take a balloon and push it towards your baby when she is standing with a couch or some support. And encourage them to touch it.

4. Wheelbarrow

Place your baby on his tummy on a soft surface. Then pull it upholding her trunk and legs. And hold on while she tries to walk on her hands.

Some other safety tips

Here are some safety tips that you must have to keep in mind while teaching your baby how to walk.

1. Jumpers and walkers

Do not allow your baby to overuse walkers and jumpers because they can affect her developing growth and cause the baby to not develop the motor skills necessary for walking. So, use them on a limit.

2. Fragile items

Keep fragile and harmful items away from your baby to avoid injury and be sure to smooth out sharp edges of objects.

Final Thoughts

Walking cannot be forced, and it is best to let your baby walk at her own pace. However, see a doctor or physician if your baby does not walk even after 18 months to rule out developmental delays.

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