Learning to Walk Step By Step
Most babies take their first steps sometime between 9 and 12 months and are walking well by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. Don’t worry if your child takes a little longer, though. Some perfectly normal children don’t walk until they’re 16 or 17 months old. During her first year, your baby is busy developing coordination and muscle strength in every part of her body. She’ll learn to sit, roll over, and crawl before moving on to pulling up and standing at about 9 months.
From then on, it’s a matter of gaining confidence and balance. One day your child’s standing against the couch – maybe sliding along it – and the next she’s tottering hesitantly into your waiting arms. Then she’s off and running, leaving babyhood behind. Your baby first steps are her first major move toward independence.
On all fours
I do it my way – some children sometimes develop their own techniques: move the leg, slide on the pop or crawl across the floor like a snail. But do not worry, all these strange techniques seem to end up in an upright course.
The small ones do not need support, especially not from a “go free”, which even harbors dangers. When children are crammed into these rolling racks, like a high chair, they do not set up their feet properly and have no balance . They can not intercept when they fall and also reach uncontrollable speeds.
Also carpet edges and stairs are potential stumbling blocks, where children can be injured. These devices do not promote running, on the contrary: they damage the motor development .
One after the other
Sitting, crawling, crawling, pulling up : This is the route that most children will take before they can run smoothly. By the end of the seventh month many babies are already without help. If the baby first collapses, it should not be supported by pillows to remain seated – then it is simply not ready for it.
Between the eighth and tenth months, the toddler becomes more secure when sitting, and increasingly begins to move by slipping and creeping. On wobbly legs it can pull up on pieces of furniture and so stand for a short time independently.
By the end of the eleventh month the toddler crawls through the apartment, becoming an explorer and expanding his radius more and more.
Caution: As soon as the little ones begin to crawl and move alone, they should never be left unattended . In addition, it is now time to knock the apartment down on possible pitfalls.
It is not at all wrong to go to all “four” and to look out of the Baby perspective, which can be potentially dangerous to the little ones. Suspended tablecloths invite you to pull on and pull down tableware.
What are pitfalls and what might upset the child also? Also the surrounding cable, the stove, the iron or unsecured sockets must be out of reach of children. Stairs in particular require a special fuse at the beginning and at the end,
Practice creates masters
Around the first birthday it is then with some already so far: With joyful glances of mom and dad makes the shoot its first wide leg steps, then fall pretty fast again. Now the knot has burst and it is about to work on the fine motor skills .
Some children only learn to move on two legs a few months later, which is also quite normal. In most cases, the gnats are either concentrating on running or talking – so some people talk early, but run late and vice versa. This development is as individual as a child himself.
Show your feet
Many parents want to put their shoes on – but this acquisition can still wait. It is the healthiest when the little ones walk barefoot. The little feet need a lot of freedom to move around the floor with all their nerves.
The baby first have to try how they can safely hold on their legs, they exercise coordination and balance. If the soft foot gets too much support round, this can inhibit the development of the muscles and tendons.
On cold or slippery floors so-called stopper-socks , stockings with anti-slip coating are a good alternative. The little hikers do not need their first shoes until they run outside or go for small trips.