Of all the developmental milestones, parents seem to get the most excited about a baby taking his first steps. Some kids start to walk well before their first birthday, while others take quite a few months longer. Though you can’t force your child to start walking, you can encourage him.
How to encourage your baby to walk
Tummy time strengthens the back muscles, which are essential for walking. From birth, make sure your baby gets plenty of tummy time — place objects just out of his reach, so he’ll lift his head (to strengthen the neck and back).
Once your baby can pull up to standing on his own, let him try to walk while you hold his hands. Let go of one hand and allow him to balance and stand for a few seconds just holding one of your hands. It will be scary for him at first, but soon he’ll want to try it with no hands.
After a baby has mastered standing, he’ll start to cruise all over your house. Babies love to cruise around the bed or from the chair to the coffee table. Soon he’ll be able to cruise around everywhere by just cruising along walls. Continue to tempt him with toys in the center of the room to encourage him to let go of support and start walking.
Don’t buy a walker
Walkers are not only dangerous, they can actually delay your child’s walking if they are used too often. The baby will become reliant on the walker and won’t attempt to walk on his own.
How old was your child when he/she started to walk? Leave a comment and let us know.