Baby’s first steps are often acrobatic. What can your baby do to start with confidence?
Baby’s first steps: the 5 tips to help
Between 10 and 18 months, that’s it, a baby starts walking! A great step in the development of your little one that you must know to accompany without impatience nor stress. Our tricks to accompany it smoothly.
Leave time to time
The little man is a mammal (almost) like the others! As such, he learns to walk by himself, after having taken several steps of his own: turning on his stomach, getting on all fours, succeeding in sitting down, crawling …
Nothing serves to try to go faster than music! It is, therefore, necessary to give him time to master each of these learning: the desire to stand and then walk and the confidence to carry out these new and perilous first steps will come of themselves! You can encourage him to join you at the other end of the room for example, but if he chooses to do it on all fours, do not blame him: baby will walk when it is the right time for him!
Let go of your hands from time to time
Even if you are afraid that he will fall, you must let him learn. Raise it and console it without dramatizing if it cries after falling. Trust him: Rather than saying “Watch out, you’re going to fall if you go that way”, prefer “Be careful, you risk falling if you do not pay attention.” It is a shade but it is of size! And above all, remember that it is in falling that you learn to get up and, subsequently, to be careful.
Put yourself on his level
Walking with your baby with your hands over your head may be more comfortable for you, but it creates tensions in your shoulders and causes them to take bad breathing habits: babies effect naturally by inflating the belly rather than the lungs unless they have arms raised higher than the shoulders. Now, ventral breathing is much better for humans than chest breathing … So you will have to do some sports by putting yourself at his level when he trains to walk at home. And then, when he has enough confidence to hold one hand, you can straighten up: for babies, having just one arm raised higher than the shoulders is not a worry.
Go for the Baby walker
It has been proved that the famous “youpala” is quite counterproductive in learning to walk: the baby, suspended, does not really rest on his feet, does not rock with his arms, does not really bump when he encounters an obstacle and therefore does not really experience it … In short, go for a trotter that he will push forward, it will be much better!
What about shoes for the first baby steps?
Of course, rigid shoes “hold” the feet, still very malleable at this age. But walking barefoot causes the sensations necessary for baby development. There are, in fact, heaps of blood vessels and nerve endings under the soles of the feet! Take advantage of slippers at home and soft shoes on the outside.