Toddlers naturally always need the support of their parents. Timely and appropriate assistance always helps your child make marked daily progress, faster and safer walking. So, teach me how to walk properly
For many parents, the early toddler is a good sign of development. Walking early is just a sign of muscle strength. This is only a sign that the motor skills of some children develop relatively early, not the mature development of the mind.
At some point between the ages of 10 and 18 months, most babies will begin to walk. In the normal order, children will crawl first, then go to the stage of holding an object to stand up and walk. follow. However, every baby is different, so maybe your child will learn to walk, or suddenly get up and walk in the amazement of his parents. The key to the problem is that you have to encourage and train your child to be comfortable with walking.
When should children learn to walk?
Most children take their first steps when they are 1 year old, others are a bit earlier or later. To get the first step, the child must go through several stages:
Starting to know the flips (3 months)
Sit down (6 months)
These milestones are approximate and no baby is the same. Some babies skip the stage of cow straightening from sitting to standing up and walking.
How to teach children how to walk properly?
Part 1: Help your baby practice standing
Put your baby on your lap and jump on your lap. This exercise will strengthen the muscles in your baby’s legs, especially if your baby is still crawling or is just beginning to cling to something to stand up.
You need to show your child how to bend his or her knees and practice bending their knees to develop fine motor skills so they can stand and sit down.
Buy a nodding baby chair (vibrating chair).
When your baby is 5 to 6 months old, put him/her in a nodding chair to start building leg muscles.
Do not let your baby use the walker. The AAP (The American Academy of Pediatrics) does not recommend the use of baby walkers. Studies have shown that these frames or vehicles slow the development of motor skills and cause spine problems for young children. They also present safety risks, as walkers can be flipped or rolled downstairs.
Walkers are banned from use in Canada and AAP is also recommending the United States to apply similar restrictions to parents to stop using walkers for their children.
Use toys to encourage babies to stand up.
Put the toy above, out of reach, or in a position where your baby has to stand up to get it.
Help your child sit down whenever he or she stands up.
Most babies begin to stand on their own before knowing how to sit down, so don’t be alarmed if your baby is crying and seeking help while standing.
When your baby starts fussing, instead of picking him up, help him sit down by gently folding his knee and supporting him until he safely sits on the floor.
Part 2: Help your child walk along with objects
Arrange furniture in the house in line so that your child can follow it more easily.
Children will use furniture and surfaces/objects as a fulcrum so they can walk around. Move furniture into a solid line, ensuring that all furniture is designed to be safe for young children so they can walk around the house on their own.
Once your child begins to hold onto something and walks away, you need to rearrange the house so that everything becomes safe for children, because when they start reaching a new level, synonymous with your baby being exposed to more potential dangers.
Prevent your baby from holding onto the furniture by holding your hand out and letting them hold their fingers tightly with both hands. At some point, your baby will hold you with only one hand or not even need to hold anymore.
Give your baby a toy to push.
A push toy like a small supermarket cart or a toy lawnmower will help your child practice both holding and toddling.
This toy also helps your child practice control while learning to walk, improves balance, and boosts confidence for children.
If your child is just beginning to practice walking and toddling, give your baby a toy without wheels. When you are confident that your baby is strong enough, introduce him to a wheeled push toy.
Always check whether the toy is secure, has a good grip or handle, and besides, the wheel must be big because it will make it harder for the toy to flip.
Pull baby to stand up.
Let your baby hold your finger and pull him up, so he is controlling his weight. Let your baby go around while supporting under his arms.
The more time a child has to practice foot exercise, the sooner he or she will move into the stage of the walk.
Supporting your baby while he or she stands will help his legs straighten and not bend later. Bowel limbs usually go away on their own when they are 18 months old, but can last until 3 years of age.
Praise your baby’s efforts.
Most babies have an inherent desire to please their parents and hear their compliments, applause, and cheers. So let your baby know when he or she is standing or walking well at good with words of encouragement and appreciation.
Do not buy indoor shoes for babies.
There is no need to invest in a collection of shoes for your baby, the best shoes for children are bare feet.
As long as the surface of the home is clean and safe for toddlers, then let your toddler practice and experience with their feet (or give your child slip-resistant socks if you want). As much as possible, this helps build muscles in the feet and ankles, helps the soles of the feet to grow, and helps the child learn to coordinate and balance.
If your baby is outdoors, make sure their shoes are light and flexible. Avoid wearing boots or sneakers that are too high for your ankle, and your child may be slowed by these entangled shoes that limit movement.
Do not force your child to stand or walk with your support if he or she does not want to.
This can frighten and delay your child’s standing or walking.
Many babies will go when they are ready, so don’t worry if your baby doesn’t start to walk until he is 18 months old, or maybe older than 18 months.
Part 3: Help your baby learn to walk
Turn balance into a game.
To encourage your baby to get used to holding him flat on two feet, parents should turn it into a fun game with lots of encouragement and praise.
Sit on the floor with your child and help him or her stand up. Afterward, count aloud to see how long the baby can stand before he kneels. Clap and praise after every attempt to balance a child.
Encourage your toddler to practice walking instead of sitting.
Place your baby on a flat surface in a standing position instead of a butt position.
This will give your child the confidence and motivation to take the first step.
Making your baby’s first step becomes a big event.
The first steps of life are a great moment for your baby, so be as excited and supportive as possible when your baby starts to walk.
Encourage each child to learn how to do the right thing and gain the confidence to continue walking.
Expect some stops and starts.
Don’t worry if your toddler angel is back crawling after a painful fall or a sick battle. Your child is still in the process of developing other aspects such as calling names or picking food by hand, so it may take him several weeks or even months to delay learning to walk.
Some babies may feel more comfortable starting with crawling so they can crawl/toddle before fully grasping the step.
Let children fall within a safe range.
When learning to walk, children can rock, rock, and even dive to improve their walking skills. Besides, most young children do not have a good depth of awareness, so they tend to bump into or fall over objects instead of stepping through them.
As long as your home is safely arranged for toddlers and you supervise your baby carefully all the time, don’t be stressed because of what is likely to happen and many of his falls. Your baby may cry when he falls, but the problem is because he is more afraid than hurt.
Diapers are also good cushioning material for every fall and babies will forget about falls and fall even faster than adults. Therefore, avoid being more important when your child encounters minor falls during learning.
Part 4: Support when your baby is learning to walk
Do not compare your child’s development with other babies.
Not all babies are the same, so do not panic when your baby does not start walking at a certain age. The time it takes a child to reach a special critical stage, such as learning to walk, can vary due to differences in body weight, even personal personality. Remember that milestones are only relative, not a constant time or an absolute requirement for every child.
Some premature babies may slowly reach more important milestones than others born at full term.
Also, sometimes it’s just the baby who is afraid to take your fingers off and take the first steps in life. Therefore, parents need to support and support when their child is learning to go and not put too much pressure or stress on the child.
Don’t worry if you find your baby’s foot looks flat.
Just because the baby is so plump, the foot fills up. Around 2 to 3 years of age, the “left” meat on the baby’s legs will disappear and you will see the soles of the feet become normal.
The baby’s legs can also bend inward, looking like a half-moon, which is a remnant of the newborn stage. Over time, the baby’s legs will straighten.
Make sure your baby’s inward-looking feet will straighten themselves.
The condition of the foot’s entanglement, or “clubfoot”, is caused by the torsion of the tibia in the body, in other words, the child’s shin bone is twisted inward.
This situation will resolve within six months of the child’s first steps.
If after six months your baby’s feet are still attached, talk to the pediatrician about foot stretching exercises.
Check your baby’s feet to make sure they are straight.
Some children have a natural desire to walk around with their toes, which helps them develop a sense of balance. This is almost always a condition that will go away on its own, but sometimes even very rarely, it can be a sign that the baby’s heel or foot muscles are too tight.
If your baby’s legs cannot naturally straighten, or if your child keeps walking on his or her toes until he is over 3 years old, let the pediatrician know that it could be a sign of development…
Talk to your pediatrician if your child falls more than usual, his legs seem to be hard to bend or he will fall off to one side.
These may be signs of nerves, joints, or spinal problems.
Let your child explore gradually when he or she has started to become more comfortable with walking.
When your baby begins to gain confidence and become more comfortable with walking on smooth, smooth surfaces, let them try walking on a sloping or uneven surface. These new environments will help children develop a sense of balance.