Tips for Helping Your Child Learn To Walk17 Jul 2018
Tips for Helping Your Child Learn To Walk
As you watch your child progress with rolling, sitting up then crawling you may be wondering how they will learn to walk.
Here are some tips:
- Build confidence: to learn how to balance and turn, your baby needs to trust their own body. Helping them experiment with different movements will help their body awareness and ability to plan their movements as well as build up their muscles.
- Focus on your child’s perspective: your child is more motivated to move towards familiar people or interesting objects than concentrating on how to balance on their legs. Draw your child’s attention to the motivating object rather than how they are moving.
- Toys off the floor: this is easier said than done, but if you place your child’s toys up on the couch instead of the floor, you encourage them to learn to pull themselves up to stand at the couch then side step (or “cruise”) while holding on to reach what they are after.
- Beyond cruising: Once your child is pulling up at the furniture and side-stepping along the couch you could pull a side table an arm’s width away from the couch to “stretch” your child to turn and reach for it within one step. Then gradually move the side table further way once they master that step.
- Consider a push trolley: moving forward into free space can be intimidating so sometimes having a heavy, stable trolley to push can help.