Smart Ways to Help Baby Learn to Walk

Everything a baby does has its own charm. The way baby bubbles, hums, yawns, sleep, eats, smiles, stares - it's always 'aww'tastic.

And so is baby's little steps. When he holds your hands or tries on his own to stand up, after a little effort he succeeds and carefully puts one step ahead........
Baby Leg

I know, the description is already melting you inside. Because it's such a heavenly feeling!

But it's also a big issue for some new parents, who're currently experiencing their parenthood with the first child. The question they often ask after the baby starts crawling is about this - walking.

"Well, my baby can sit on her own and crawls as well, but how am I supposed to make her walk?"

By the sixth or eighth month, babies master the sitting tactic and short after that they start crawling. But they don't start walking just after that. It takes a little more time to stand on their own and start walking.

However, just like you helped your baby to sit at first, held his hand and made him stand, you gotta teach him to walk too.

How Can You Teach Your Baby To Walk?

Well, physical movements are kinda hard for babies to learn but don't worry. If you keep patience and practice with your baby frequently, walking is just a matter of time.

Steps for Teaching Baby to Walk

  1. Sitting
  2. Well, though parents don't bother about baby's walking when they're learning setting, what they don't realize is sitting is fundamental for learning walking. Because when they start to sit on their back, their muscles start to function properly and reach the first step of locomotion.

    Baby Sitting on Sofa

  3. Crawling
  4. This is the second important stage of walking. All these days, baby succeeded to sit on his own and that made his spine firm. But the mobility that's required for walking was yet to attain. When your baby starts crawling, the muscles inside prepare themselves for motion and that's when your baby accomplish the lesson of movement. Now when he's attained the ability to go places, you can focus on teaching him to walk.

    Baby Crawling

  5. Standing
  6. What's the first step of walking? You gotta stand first. Now a few months (8-9th month to be precise) after your baby has learned to crawl, it's time to focus on his standing. And for that, you gotta pull him up first. A little baby can't learn to stand on his own; just like every other movement, you gotta make the first move. Hold his arms carefully and pull him up. That way he'll learn to stand on his feet and keep balance.

    Baby Standing in front of Makkah

    Also, remember, you must help him the first few times, but then you should give it to your baby. To learn walking, he must learn to pull himself up and stand. You must be near him at that time so that he doesn't fall. And one more thing, make sure all the furniture and objects are baby proof in your house, it's a tender human being we're talking about.

  7. Little Steps
  8. Now, once he's learned standing up, it's time for his little steps. Hold his hand and carefully make him move his feet forward. Little steps one by one. This way, your baby will learn the method of walking.

  9. Balancing
  10. The method isn't the only important thing here, balance is too. Actually, balance is the basis of this learning process. Pulling him up and making him move his feet have taught him the tactics, but he needs to learn to balance his body to do this on his own. That's why the cruising is a must.
    Well, you'll see, after repeating the pulling up and taking steps for a while, he'll try to do that on his own. He'll grip on furniture or objects, grab the wall to stand. Let him do that, cruising will help him balance his body and stand on his own. However, the baby proof environment has to be made for this!

  11. Let the Baby Move the Legs
  12. Balance and confidence are everything in this stage. Sit in front of the baby, guide him and spread your arms. Cheer him up to come towards you. This will drive him towards you and build the confidence of taking steps. Practice this repeatedly. Eventually, the baby will learn to balance his body with confidence and attain the motion of walking.

  13. Remember
  14. The task won't be accomplished so easily like the words above. It'll require patience, lots of tripping and tumbling of the baby and whole lot of practice.
    But don't get all stressed up if you don't succeed at first few tries. And one more thing, when you're pulling up and making him stand, you also must teach him to sit when he's losing his balance.

The last advice: Don't even think of walkers if you want a healthy upbringing of your child.

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