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TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO WALK - THE CUDDLECIRCLE WAY

June 08, 2018

TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO WALK - THE CUDDLECIRCLE WAY

There can be only a few things that can be more important than witnessing your infant’s first steps. I can’t seem to think of any. Our motivation at cuddlecircle exceeds making parenting profitable, we are also concerned about making parenting as easy as possible. As such, we want to teach you some  simple ways to get your child to walk.

 

Generally, most babies begin to walk sometime between 8 and 18 months old. Don’t expect this to happen magically though. All babies are different and while some of them might just start walking out of blue, others demand lots of encouragement and practice to get started. Before you get started, I recommend two pills: Vitamin P1 [patience] and P2 [practice]. For now, take a chill pill, read and adopt the following baby steps:

 

STANDING

Helping the baby to stand comes first. The easy way to do this is to bounce the baby on our lap with them on our legs. This will help strengthen their leg muscles. You can also consider getting the baby a bouncy chair. Adopt the chair earlier when the child is around 5-6 months of age. Don’t stress about which brand to get, I personally recommend BabyBjorn [pronounced baby-beyon].

 

 You can also introduce the Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Baby Activity Jumper when he adds a few months.

Once they are able to get on their feet, use toys to entice them to get on their feet regularly. Playards with the toy bar and cribs with a cot mobile also contribute significantly to this. The Toy bar and Cot mobile forces the baby to reach out to it. Try putting them on your crib, cot and strollers to entice the baby. Ironically, you may need to help them sit back down once they start standing on their own. Hence, don’t be alarmed when your baby cries for help while in the standing position, most babies start to get up onto their feet on their own, before they know how to get back down.

 

CRUISING

I don’t know about you, but I find myself smiling when I watch him push his walker around. I be imagining my baby all grown up, driving off in his Benz and smiling back at me. Lol.

Back to basics, Cruising is when your baby starts to use the furniture and other surfaces/objects as support as they begin to walk around. Once your baby starts this, it’s a good idea to childproof your home again, as they can reach new heights, and possibly, new hazards.

Also, help your baby let go of the furniture as they cruise by holding out your fingers and allowing them to grip you with both hands. Soon enough, they'll be holding on to you with one hand or even letting go altogether.

Turn balancing into a game. Sit with the baby on the floor and help her stand up. Then count how long she can stay up before she tumbles. Make sure to praise her after each attempt.

After this, get your child a push toy. Check ‘em out here. I personally recommend the Fisher-price Musical Lion walker. I am a Leo. Lol.

 

Important Notice: Always check that the push toy is sturdy, and has a bar or handle that has a good grip, as well as big wheels. This will make it harder for the toy to tip over.

You can also participate more by pulling your baby up into a standing position. Allow them to grip your fingers and pull them up to a standing position, so they are basically supporting their own weight. Let them walk around as you support them under their arms. The more time your baby spends exercising their legs, the sooner they will begin to try to take steps on their own. Holding your baby as they stand will also help their legs to straighten out and prevent them from bowing later. This is no problem since bowed legs typically go away by the time your baby is 18 months old. Although, it sometimes linger until they are 3 years old.

 

 Lastly, play your role well as a parent. Buying the world best walker is rarely enough to get your baby started on his walk of life. Encourage your baby to walk instead of sit. Stand on the other side of the room and encourage your baby to walk towards you. This can boost your baby’s confidence and motivate him to take his first steps. Remember to make your baby’s first steps a big deal. They are a big moment for your little one. Be excited and encouraging as possible about it. Clapping and cheering your baby as they walk indicates they are doing something right and will give them the confidence to keep walking. Expect stop and starts, and avoid comparing your baby’s development to other babies. All babies are not the same. The time it takes for a baby to reach a particular milestone, like walking, can vary due to different body weights or even different personalities.

However, If you notice anything odd like your baby falling excessively, their legs seeming very stiff, or they continually stumble to one side. They may be signs of possible nerve, joint, or spinal issues. Consult with your pediatrician immediately.

 

Below are some other items that might serve as an aid to getting your child up and walking in no time:

 

 

 

Share your experience with us. How are getting your child to walk? Do you have a special hack to achieve this goal? Comment below.




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