You’ll never forget your baby’s first steps. But It’s not easy for a baby to start walking, So you might be worried when do your baby will walk?
Most babies begin walking some time between 10 and 18 months old. But they have to go from crawling to pulling up to cruising to get there.
Keep in mind all babies are different, so your baby may have to really work to learn how to walk or just start walking out of the blue.
Some babies start walking early and some take lots of encouragement and practice to get comfortable with walking.
What do you know about this phase of your baby’s life? Are there special rules for it? What if your child is walking early or walking late? Here are some proven tips to help you as your baby starts to walk.
Yes, there are guidelines to when a baby should be learning to walk. Doctors use these to determine developmental stages.
Just because Baby walks early doesn’t mean he is a genius in the making and will leave all the others behind. If he is walking later than other children, this doesn’t mean he is slow. These are just guidelines. You don’t have to worry when do your baby walk? unless your doctor is concerned.
Every baby walks at a slightly different age. They walk when they are ready. Not a moment sooner. Don’t try to force them when they don’t want to.
How will you know if they are ready? You’ll know. They will have been pulling themselves up by then and trying to get from point A to point B. As they pull themselves up, they begin moving their legs toward the object they desire. Eventually, they will let go.
Encourage kicking and pushing with their legs. This will develop their leg muscles to push up their bodies and start moving. Muscle development is the key to your baby successfully walking. In doing this, you might want to avoid walkers and other ‘aids’ for your child. They have their uses and are great, but you need to let them try walking on their own without help.
Every time you play with your child, you are helping them develop their motor skills. Keep it up!
As Baby is trying to learn to walk, he still needs you. You can assist him in learning to walk and make it fun.
When he pulls up on a table, let him grip your fingers and use them to take a few steps. Have someone calling to him and holding their arms out to him.
He’ll move his feet toward them but will have your fingers in his own to help balance him.
Over time, you can let him go with one hand so he can get his balance and learn that he can do it. Before long, he’ll be pushing up and walking with no help at all.
Now is the time that you need to have things really baby proofed. When they started crawling, you removed items that they could get into and in which they could get hurt like outlets and cabinets that contain cleaning supplies. Now you have to look at protection of your child.
They need solid things to grab onto and pull up. That means a couch, a coffee table, or a bookcase. They’ll use anything. I mean anything. That includes anything unstable.
Stability – Make sure that nothing is in reach of your child that they could pull on and have it topple over on them.
Sharp Corners – You don’t think of this because you are so tall. A baby learning to walk is unstable. They will fall. This means that a sharp corner on a coffee table could cut them or worse. Either remove items with sharp corners or put up protectors.
My daughter tripped and fell into the corner of a table. I was terrified she had damaged eye from the blood. It was a cut on her eyebrow that needed medical attention, but it was close. You can’t be too careful.
Clear Paths – With a baby learning to walk, they’ll remind you of a drunk. They will stumble about and anything in their path could have them on their face. Remove rugs or anything that your child could trip over. This includes keeping toys picked up and your own shoes where you normally kick them off. Put them all away.
Locks – Lock all cabinet doors that contain cleaners and the like. You can get these at any store that carries baby supplies.
Baby Gates – If you have stairs, this could be the most important thing you buy. Place the gate where your child cannot climb up or fall down a stair. If you have rooms that you need your child to avoid while toddling about, block them with baby gates.
Climbing comes next and can come quickly. Be careful! Why? Because they can find their way to the top of the kitchen table now where you might have glassware, knives, and such. Also, they can climb on stoves and get burned.
Think like a baby!