Baby’s first steps mark an exciting milestone for both the child and the parent. It is a journey that starts when babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months of age. By the time they are about 14 or 15 weeks, most of them can walk well while others may take up to 17 weeks. The following are amazing tips to consider while your baby walks.
Barefoot allows babies to learn how to walk much faster since their feet come into contact with the floor. However, it should only happen when the baby is indoors. It is vital for babies to wears shoes when visiting outdoors to avoid getting dirt, bacteria, and fractures. The footwear should be breathable to allow heat and moisture to escape. They should also be made of materials such as canvas or leather, and the sole should be flexible enough to bend to half. Shoes should have padding on the inside to minimize rubbing and brings about comfort. They should also be light enough to encourage natural foot movement and have rubber soles for traction to prevent chances of slipping and sliding.
2. Baby walker
Baby walker comes in handy for children between the ages of 9 and 12 months when they need self-transportation. They enable the baby to maneuver around the room without any assistance and also strengthens the baby’s lower legs muscles. They also keep the baby safe while the parents undertake household chores or take a quick shower. The best walkers for babies should let the child’s feet contact the ground. They should also be heavy to reduce mobility or stationary. With the reduced movement of a walker, the baby can stand which strengthens the muscles. Such walkers enable the child to learn one of the most important lessons in walking which involves lifting one foot while balancing the other.
However, over-reliance on baby walkers may lead to more harm than good. Babies who use baby walkers take long to learn how to walk compared to those that do not use them. Baby walkers also make babies have delayed muscle control and cause them develop unusual movement patterns. There are also dangers associated with the use of baby walkers which can result in serious injuries. Such dangers include falling off the stairs and bumping into furniture.
When babies starts walking chances are high that they will also cruise. When cruising, babies use furniture and walls to move around the house. Therefore there is a great need to increase your baby’s safety. One of the safety measures is to move items from lower shelves to much higher ones. Place dangerous items and products in lockable drawers. Lock the oven too and remove small items that can choke the baby. It is also vital to remove items that can cause the baby to fall or cause injuries from the floor.
The type of clothes that you put on the child when they start walking is also important. Tight clothes may make the child strain to walk and make them tired. Consider light and stretchable garments since they give the child flexibility. Tight leggings hinder upright stepping movement. Clothes that are too tight makes it difficult for babies to get back on to their feet without assistance when they fall.
Diapers place a heavy weight in between a child’s legs which affects how they walk. The impact of diapers on child’s mobility also varies depending on the type of a diaper. For instance, the traditional cloth diapers impact on the child walking style since they lead to wide and irregular steps. On the other hand, disposable diapers do not have much effect but, they are big in size, they spread the child’s legs reducing the movement of the spine. However, babies walk well and with regulated steps when they are not wearing diapers.
6. Motivation to walk
Placing the babies in lockable places at all times may not help them learn to walk. Instead, parents you should give the child opportunities to walk. Allow a child to walk in a limited space where they can take about three steps before reaching a safe zone. However, it is vital for the parent to keep an eye on the child so that they can rescue the child before landing on a problem such as falling.
Placing the baby in the company of older babies who can walk is important. In most cases, babies imitate what their peers do. So if the elder friends can walk around, it encourages a child to learn fast.
There are ample things to consider when the baby starts to walk that include shoes, baby walker, and clothing. The shoes should be light and made of breathable material. It is also important for the child to wear clothes that are not too tight. When it comes to diapers, the best ones are the disposable and small sized. Parents should motivate their babies to walk and keep them in the company of elder children so that they can be encouraged to walk.