- The wait is almost over and your baby is reaching the age where he/she should start walking. Oh wait, but there’s more. Now it is all about not missing your baby’s first steps, so how about you be the one to teach your baby to walk. That way you have front row seats to your baby’s major accomplishment.
- Bouncy Baby – A great way to prepare your baby for walking is to sit on the floor and hold your baby up and let him/her bounce on the floor. You can even have your baby on your lap, whichever is more comfortable for you. This will help your baby feel confident about standing on his/her feet. The more you do it the more your baby will be at ease and attempt to do this on their own. Make it fun, make funny faces and talk to your baby – this encourages your baby to do it more. Practice makes permanent.
- Walking Rings – Walking rings help babies move their feet, this helps to develop their little tiny feet and legs to make them stronger. Sort of like baby exercise. It also boosts confidence and fun. Your baby will be like “hey these feet actually get me places, lets do more!!”
- Baby, get up – Have your baby stand on his/her own in front of you. Make sure there is nothing around that could hurt your baby because, your baby will fall. The best place to do it is on the carpet. When your baby falls encourage him/her to stand up by themselves or hold their favorite teddy or toy above them and encourage them to stand up and grab it.
- Baby’s first steps – By now, your baby should be excited and confident to start walking. Stand your baby on one side of the room and quickly run to the other side. Now cheer your baby on to walk towards you, if you want you can hold up a reward for your baby to come and get. Again, your baby will fall. If it is safe and you see that your baby is fine do not run to his/her aid. Let him/her get up on their own and continue to walk toward you.
Speaking from experience, this definitely works and it is really fun! I especially enjoyed being the cheerleader and when he finally took his first steps it was the best moment on earth. It should feel like the best moment on earth so make sure you make a big deal out of it and make sure your baby feels that you are celebrating him.
Rewards, celebrations and really emphasizing your child’s achievements go a long way. It makes them feel better about what they are doing and really gives them that confidence boost. They start to believe in themselves and begin to reach for higher levels in their development.
One more thing, before I leave you to teaching your baby to walk. Remember your baby will be walking soon – and even climbing, that means he/she will be able to reach those toys you put up on the kitchen island or should I say those kitchen utensils.
So, that being said. Happy hunting for higher places to set sharp objects and important things.