All parents look forward to the day when they can teach a baby to walk. That is because when you become a parent, it’s like every single thing revolves around your child. Everything your baby does become a milestone. His first laugh, first words as well as his first steps will be simple causes for celebration. Being a hands-on parent may be great but sometimes it is better for you to take a step back and just marvel at how your baby is doing wonderfully on his own.
Babies usually start walking at around 9 to 14 months. The development of motor skills varies for every baby but you can do several things to encourage your child to start walking. If you find your baby wobbling and trying to take a few steps, encourage him to continue walking by standing in front of him.
When he gets better at it, you can probably wave hi favorite toy at him while standing a few feet away. However if you notice that your child is trying really hard to walk but isn’t doing very well at it, hold his hands and walk with him.
Babies respond to incentives even at a very young age. Hence, they will feel even more motivated to do something, like walk, if you show him some kind of encouragement. But there’s a very thin line between motivating and pushing a baby.
It may not seem like it, but your baby is going through a number of things that may be all too confusing. Your baby is faced with the tasks of having to learn so many things all at the same time. Do not make things harder for him by forcing him to walk when he is not in the mood.
Another thing is you should not be too strict with the manner that your baby walks. Most babies start out walking with bowed legs but they learn to hold their legs together through time. If you teach a baby to walk like adults do, trust me, you’ll only be disappointed. It’s important to give your baby all the time he needs.
One final note is that it is imperative that you make your home a safe environment for the little tyke. Cover sharp the corners and get rid of other sharp things so that your baby can safely practice walking by holding on to walls and pieces of furniture found in your home. You can find more ways to baby-proof your home before you begin to teach a baby to walk at parenthood.com.