Babies Learning How to Walk- Signs to Look Out For
A baby’s most significant moments are during their first few years. One of those the first wobbly steps which you’ll always remember. Walking is the major development for babies, and it is something that every new parent anticipates. Every baby begins to learn to walk at their own pace. Don’t worry if your cousin’s child started to strut much earlier than your own. Your child just might be a little more cautious, which really isn’t a bad thing in the long run!
Here are a few indicators that your child will be walking soon:
Mostly babies take their first steps around the time of their first birthday, but the range of age varies from 9 to 18 months. Don’t worry if your baby skips a step along the way. Some kids begin to stand and start walking without crawling, which is perfectly normal. During this stage it’s important that your child uses both arms and legs while moving. Some of the signals before walking are:
- Rolling around
- Crab walking
- Climbing stairs by using hands and legs
- Pulling themselves up to a standing position
- Stretching their legs straight when you hold them
Most babies take around 1000 hours for practice from the time they start standing to the time they walk alone. You can help your child by preparing them for those first few steps:
Observe how your baby progresses each month. Encourage your child to crawl or scoot to a toy which is just out of reach. The strong back muscles are the essential requirement for walking, which babies develop while lying on their tummies by lifting their heads. Make sure to give your baby a bit of tummy-time each day, and give your baby time to play on the floor every day.
However, don’t leave your baby unsupervised while he/she is on the floor. It only takes a roll or two until your baby is headed for trouble. I remember turning my head just for a minute and my oldest rolled right under the sofa when he was about 5 months old. He didn’t get hurt, but it gave me a scare. As soon as your baby can roll or move, that’s when the fun begins. If you haven’t already made your home child safe, start now !
Your newly mobile baby can go around faster than you think, thus precautions are very essential-
- Put away the furniture that topples very easily.
- Remove tables and furniture with sharp corners.
- Cover all electrical outlets with protective outlet covers.
- Install safety gates at the top and the bottom of your stairs and near the entrance of the home.
- Put all cleaners, drugs, paint, and body products up high in a locked cabinet .
- Make sure electrical cords are not within baby’s reach or any electrical appliances.
- Check that all small objects are off of the floor.
- Your baby should only play with age appropriate toys. Toys with small parts are a choking hazard.
Once your baby can sit.
Help your baby to practice their mobility and balance by holding a toy in front of them and move it side to side. It will encourage her/him to move and lean this way and that. As your baby moves forward or crawls, he/she will develop more strength in their neck, arms, back, legs, and more control of his/her hips. This will enable your baby to pull up to a standing level and then safely sit down again.
Once your baby can stand.
Hold your baby’s hands and make him/her walk for a while. Encourage your baby to stand on his/her own and cheer when your baby walks a short distance to get to you!
Once your baby is walking.
After your baby has put one foot in front of the other, he/she may need some help to sit down safely until he/she gets used to it.. Be close by so you can assist your baby. Watching your baby walk for the first time is a very special moment!