From the moment you left the maternity ward you’ve been counting down the days to those exciting first milestones – the first gummy smile, the first tooth, the first words (mama obvs!). And now you’re getting closer to another biggie – the first steps. But while, you wait with baited breathe for those tentative first baby steps there are a couple of simple tricks you can do to encourage your little one to get moving
Before your toddler starts to walk he’ll need to be physically able to bare weight and have the strength in his arms and legs to pull himself up and stand. Your tot will indicate in his own time when he’s ready by holding of hands and walking with you – remember your baby will only walk when he’s physically ready!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t help them along....
Remember your baby will only walk when he’s physically ready
What goes up must come down
As your baby learns to stand and cruise along the furniture, he may need some help working out how to get back down again. If he gets stuck don't just plonk him back down. Instead, show him how to bend his knees so he can sit down without toppling over, then let him have a go on his own.
Yes, you’re allowed to LOL if he does a comedy stumble. You’ve Been Framed wouldn’t exist without tumbling tots.
Stand before you can walk
Get the standing licked before encouraging the first steps.
'Try putting toys and activities on child height tables to help encourage your little one to pull himself up to get to his favourite toys,’ says Claire Burgess, early years consultant at Norland College. Once he’s got that sorted he’s more likely to get those tootsies on the move.
Get things moving
You can encourage your baby to walk by standing or kneeling in front of him, holding both his hands as you help him walk towards you. Or encourage him to push a walker or push along toy. Choose one that is stable and has a wide base, as this is less likely to cause a topple.