Children are always precious to parents in every phase of life. But a baby’s first few years are something parents forever cherish. Their first cuddle, first giggles, the first crawl, and obviously the first step. This is one of the most significant signs of the babies’ development for which parents eagerly wait. Generally, babies with normal growth begin walking around nine to eighteen months. But each baby has its own pattern to learn walking, which may take longer, sometimes about twenty to twenty-four months. It varies from infant to infant. Because your neighbor’s baby of the same age is already walking doesn’t mean your child’s progress is sluggish. So don’t push your junior too much to start walking fast. Rather, make the kiddo practice a little bit of walking every day. To know more, hook yourself with this write-up.
When Should I Make My Baby Practice Walking?
There are some pre-walking stages like sitting-crawling-standing-cruising. One after another, your baby will reach towards the walking progress. Some parents practice their infants by observing signs of walking. But the smart practice is to focus on strengthening your baby’s muscle right after birth. Stronger muscles facilitate babies’ body growth and help them to set their steps with confidence.
How To Teach Baby To Walk Sooner:
The following steps will help a parent to make the baby walking independently. Don’t force, encourage only, and try to understand the following instruction.
For tiny babies: Babies who spend most of their time lying, strong back muscle is one of the most important practices. In this period of time, their back muscle will strongly develop if they try to lift their heads while lying on the tummies. So make sure that your baby utilizes plenty of his time on the tummy while awake. Placing an interesting thing in front of him will help him lift his head to see the object. Babies are good practitioners, and doing this practice incessantly will help to develop their back muscles stronger.
For sitting babies: Make him exercise balance and body movement by rolling a ball in front and back of him. Hold some fascinating objects or toys and move them. When an infant tries to touch the toy and moves their body, the muscles’ growth progresses. This movement practice will help to generate more strength in the neck, legs, and arms. This will also help to augment the controlling ability of the bones and hips.
For standing babies: Let him walk by holding his hands. Stand a little bit away from him and encourage him to put his steps towards you. This will support in developing body balance.
For cruising babies: Cruising is the last significant stage before independent walking. In this stage, your baby loves to leave his footprints all over the house by cruising chair to table or wall. You can support them by arranging furniture in such a way that helps to move across the room easily. A baby-walker also helps babies in cruising. Be in the adjacent areas to help him sit from a standing position without getting hurt. Help to make his butt down with your hand to help him sit without getting hurt at the bottom.
Some Safety Precautions You Need To Consider While Your Baby Is Cruising:
- Remove the furniture with a sharp edge or cover the area well enough to prevent injury. Ensure that no sharp particles or corners are available in your babies’ range, which may hurt the junior.
- Install protective barriers at stairs or other areas of a home where they might cause risk.
- Keep all potentially harmful substances in a closet.
- Your baby will need a pair of shoes while walking out-of-doors. But, for indoor, it’s better to let him walk barefoot. Thus he’ll learn to grab the slippery surface and will identify how to walk on it.
Some Fruitful Yoga Exercises:
There are some really beneficial movement exercises you can make your baby perform while playing with him. It will help to promote stronger muscles from the very early months of life.
Baby on the Chest:
When you lie down, try to play with your baby settling him on your chest. In the attempt of looking at you, the baby will lift the head continuously. This process strengthens the neck muscles. You can also scatter the toys around you to catch attention. Staying on your tummy and looking around the toys more often will also boost up neck muscles.
Happy Baby exercise:
It is a common play among lying babies to place their legs in the air and touch it. If your little one is not grabbing its feet on their own, tenderly hold their feet upwards, then bend the knees and repeat this for a while to facilitate muscle movement. This exercise prepares hip muscles for walking, also stimulates the digestion process. It’s a fun exercise; babies enjoy these activities, and it also augments the parent-infant interaction and relationship.
Facing the floor exercise:
Do not initiate this exercise before your infant starts to crawl or becomes eight to ten months old. Some days after starting crawling, babies try to place both their hands on the floor and settle the butt in the wind. If your kiddo doesn’t do so even several days after crawling, encourage the baby to practice this by bending their hips slightly. Create a playful situation by looking at them through making your body upturned. It arouses the body flexibility and movement skills of infants.
There is nothing to worry about if your tot is a little bit slower in the body moving process. Each baby acts, interacts, and moves differently. If your kiddo is still not moving their body after following these baby-exercises, only then seek pediatric therapies for walking. So, don’t rush and keep patience. Better days are ahead.