After a baby he has learned to sit, he has pronounced his first words, he knows how to crawl and stand up on his own, the next thing that follows is that he begins to take his first steps. It is estimated that an infant begins to walk between 10 and 15 months of life. This is a key stage for exploration and self-discovery in which parents play a fundamental role: helping and accompanying them in the process. How to do it? Take note of these tips.
let it move freely
Crawling and creeping prepare children to learn to walk. These activities that precede walking allow them to carry out complex and coordinated movements that favor their motor maturation, as well as helping them become familiar with the functioning of their body.
Put on safe shoes
Initially, experts recommend allowing babies to walk around the house without shoes to promote balance and grip on the ground, as long as the environment is safe to do so. When footwear is required, it must be firm and with a fine non-slip sole.
Don’t give him walkers
Walkers, far from contributing, are not very beneficial in this process. In addition to increasing the risk of accidents, they prevent them from learning to walk on their own, as they are being forced to stand up and walk before they are ready to do so.
Provide physical support
While babies should not be forced into an upright posture before they can do so on their own, they do need support to take their first steps. The ideal is to take them by one of their hands at their height, to prevent them from having to stretch and adopt incorrect postures. When the infant can already take steps without being held, you can offer him some supports, but letting him choose when to use them.
You can stand in front of your child with a toy that he likes so that he wants to come to you or simply extend his arms. Make sure the distance you have to walk is not too long. As he perfects his gait, have him walk on different surfaces, which will help his brain adopt different balance mechanisms.
Create a safe space
It is important to ensure a hazard-free space in which the baby can walk freely and explore. Cover electrical outlets, collect any small items that can be put in your mouth or nose, avoid tablecloths that you can pull and fall off or that could cause objects to fall on your body. Keep in mind that he will also explore the kitchen, so avoid leaving things hot and secure the stove and oven burners.