Each child has a different level of development and will be ready to walk sooner or later, but it occurs around a year.
There are many parents who when they hold their baby for the first time, they only think about how beautiful it is to come. Being a father is not easy, but it is full of good moments and also, of first moments. There are two first moments that all parents are excited about: the first words and also the first steps.
Today I want to talk to you about the first steps, a special moment both for parents who realize how their baby begins to walk and grow, and for the baby, who learns a very important tool for his development and to become a great explorer: The walking.
DO NOT SPEED UP THE PROCESS
It is very important that all parents consider one aspect: do not rush the process. A baby who does not have any type of physical problem will have a natural evolutionary development and with sufficient stimulation he will be able to start walking when he is physically and mentally ready.
For example, there are parents who want their children to start walking and buy the famous walker or ‘tacatá’, but there are many pediatricians who add to the disapproval of its use. A tacatá should in no way be a process for the baby to start walking, that should be done by the baby little by little. On the other hand, if it can be considered an entertainment toy for the baby of a few months to have fun and have a good time – he must have control of his body so that he can enjoy the tacatá -.
Pediatricians and specialists affirm that the tacatá should be used as a toy and never exceed 10 minutes in a row and never more than 30 minutes a day. It can be a time of play, but in no case should the baby be left in the tacatá to learn to walk or to ‘be controlled’. The tacatá can confuse the natural learning process to walk and can even weaken your legs and take longer to get you strong enough to learn to walk on your own.
WHEN DO YOU START WALKING
Although there are older babies and others that are later, they can begin to walk between 13 and 15 months , although it is not to be alarmed if the baby begins to walk at 11 or 18 months. There is also something very important that you must take into account: each baby has its own rhythm and that you must respect. Do not compare your baby with other babies of the same date as your little one and who are already walking, and do not alarm other mothers because your baby is walking and theirs is not.
Each baby has its own evolutionary rhythm and must be respected. What they do need is to be encouraged and encouraged to walk, but never forcing them to do so. Take him by the arms and encourage him to walk a bit, put him in a chair and arrange others around him so that he feels safe and moves between one chair and another, allow him to look for you from the chair and end up in your arms with a strong kiss .
He will first learn to stand up and when he has enough strength in his legs and feels good confidence, then it will be when he begins to walk small steps thanks to your guide and your joy to see and celebrate his small achievements and his small steps. When you start walking, it will be time to start putting safety gates on stairs , blocking drawers and dangerous doors, putting protectors on sockets and furniture corners … the explorer will begin to explore his new world that of suddenly it has become much broader!
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.