Babies normally take their first steps around 9 to 18 months. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t help them to catch up with other babies when the time comes. Your baby’s first step is not only a huge milestone for them, but it’s also an emotional event for their parents. So, take your camera and try out some of these activities for how to teach your baby to walk.
The most common trick to help your baby practice putting weight on their feet is to walk behind them while holding both of their hands. On top of that, you should give your baby enough support so they don’t topple over. But, not too much because it might strain their elbows or shoulders. Gently take step by step with your baby and move around the house with cheer and praise to make your baby enjoy this new experience even more. Sometimes, they may stop and let loose. So, don’t be rushed! Take a beak and then get back to it when your baby is happy to finger walk more.
Monkey see monkey do! So, you should go somewhere with a lot of toddlers and babies like a playground. Keep an eye out for the smallest mobile babies you can find. And, when you see them, point them out to encourage your baby to do the same. Also, remember to praise your baby when they try to stand up and take a step. A little friendly competition and an innate desire to do what everyone else is doing can be a powerful motivation for your child.
Also, Mommy and Me classes are a great way to get some exercise for you and your baby. With the added bonus of encouraging your baby to wiggle, interact, and walk. Being in an environment that is all about movements will help your baby to explore everything their body can do.
If you make walking really fun, your baby will want to do it as often as possible. So, shoes with removable squeakers would be a great way to increase the enjoyment that your baby gets from walking. Babies are little scientists, so figuring out the noise comes from their feet while walking can be an amazing discovery for them. As stated, the squeakers are removable, so if the noise starts to annoy you, take it out for a little bit.
Put Your Baby Down
You probably have gotten into a routine of carrying your baby from point A to point B all the time. This is time to start putting your baby down and encourage them to move from room to room when they want to. Letting your baby be slightly more independent by getting places on their own will help them become more confident and trusting of their abilities.
Sitting on a Stool
When your baby can sit without help, you can try to let them sit on a stool to completely remove any back support. However, be sure to keep an eye on your baby and sit behind their back in case they lose balance. On top of that, your baby’s feet should touch the floor so they can push against it, with their knees and hips at a 90° angle. When your baby is in this position, ask them to reach and pick up a toy on the floor and then sit back on the stool. And, you can move the toy around to increase their reach too. This exercise strengthens your baby’s leg, back, and shoulder muscles. So, it can help your baby ready to use their feet to support their entire body weight.
Your baby can practice walking by “cruising” back and forth alongside a sofa or short bench. Let your baby stand next to the sofa and hold on it with one hand as you hold their other hand for balance. After that, slowly move back and forth along the sofa to practice walking. Soon, your baby will let go of your hand and try to do it on their own. Also, have a reward on the other side of the sofa to create more motivation. Using their favorite toys or a treat for them to come it is a great way to get the best result. On top of that, babies love their parents’ enthusiasm. So. simply offering cheer or a hug can be enough to drive your baby to run into your arms.
Because every baby is different. So, don’t put any pressure on your baby if they are a slow learner. If your baby doesn’t walk after the age of 18 months then you should talk to your doctor. Enjoy this stage and capture your baby’s first step so you and your family can look back after.