Recognising The Different Stages Involved Is The Key To Helping A Baby Learn To Walk

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While kids often reach their milestones independently, for the most part, there are still things you can do as parents to encourage their development and make them more effective. Take walking, for instance, there are babies who learn to walk really early while others simply take their time.

To walk independently requires a lot of confidence, balance and determination.While some kids get through it all just fine, there are those who could do with gentle little nudges here and there. These are a few ways to help your child through the walking stages.

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Sitting

This is usually the first stage as your child begins to be independent in terms of mobility. When your baby starts sitting on his own, try rolling a ball back and forth or play games that involve her stacking toys and other stuff to help him strengthen his muscles.

Crawling

Your child is now learning to go after what she wants without needing your help. At this point, all you need to do is continue to provide the motivation for her to crawl. Place her favourite toy on the other end of the room and urge her to go get it. Be sure to give her tons of praises as she goes.

Pulling up

Your little one is getting stronger and more curious. Now he wants to pull himself up by holding onto a table, chair, or anything, really. You can assist him as he tries to pull himself to a standing position. You can also show him how to bend his knees to return to the floor.

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Dependent walking

Your child is becoming a little bit more confident with taking steps while holding onto your hands. At this stage, it's important to practice with her to help make her more comfortable on her feet.

Cruising

Now your child does not really need you to hold his hand but he still needs to rely on something to get around. You will start noticing him cruising around the house while leaning on walls and furniture. He will often try to take steps for a few seconds on his own and you should encourage this but ensure the landing spot is soft.

Standing

For her to walk, she needs to know how to balance on her feet. Try the standing game whereby you pull her up and see how long she can stay up before falling. Give her heaps of praises each time.

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First steps

Now is when you make a really huge deal of everything. Watching your baby take those first steps on his own can be both exhilarating for the child and the parent. So, applaud, cheer and continue to motivate him as he learns to balance and move effectively.

For a child to get confidence in walking and doing anything, really, the parents' support is very crucial. It lets the kid know it's okay to fall as long as they keep standing and trying again - both figuratively and literally.

Source: Parents

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