Many babies have already learned to walk without support between 12 to 18 months. Some may have taken their first steps earlier, some will learn later. Babies develop differently – from sitting up on their own to crawling, to standing up and to walking (and later, running and jumping!)
If your child is a year old and still not showing signs that he wants to walk or he’s afraid to do so on his own, there’s absolutely nothing wrong. But if you want to encourage your baby to walk, here are 3 easy ways to do so:
Help strengthen her muscles
Having your baby do some easy muscle strengthening exercises will help her body get ready for walking. One thing you can try is to let her sit without any assistance. Place a toy in front of her and ask him to reach for it and go back to sitting position. Place the object in various positions and distances to help improve stability and also strengthens her back, shoulder, and leg muscles.
Just be sure you’re nearby to keep your baby safe in case she stumbles, especially in the beginning.
Allow her to cruise back and forth
When your child can pull himself up on his own (while holding onto an object), he’ll start to take his few steps, shuffling along while holding onto a table, a couch or other furniture. This helps with his mobility. So have her cruise back and forth with one hand on furniture while you hold his other hand. You can try placing a toy on one end of your couch to encourage your baby to cruise towards it.
Before you know it, he’ll be letting go of the couch and holding on to you with both hands!
Bring in the push or pull toys
Push and pull toys are very entertaining to babies because of their bright colors, sounds, and lights. But they’re more than just toys – they’re proven to help babies learn how to walk. Push and pull toys help improve a child’s balance and confidence in taking his first steps without support. Your baby will also love that he can move around freely (especially after months of just cruising back and forth on furniture) which will help him get more encouragement to walk on his own!
Try these 3 easy ways to help encourage your baby to walk and he’ll be up and about in no time!
Angela Kidd is an author and illustrator, a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful kids. In her spare time, she would personally create storybooks and coloring books for her children for fun and they loved it… And so did she. Angela quit her job and created her own line of educational activity books for children of various ages, with the main goal of making learning fun! You can check out some of Angela’s amazing books here.
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