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Most children learn how to walk in the first year of life. But learning to walk also needs to be learned. Before your child dares to take the first free steps, a lot of practice is needed.
You Can Only Support, Not Accelerate
The motor development of your child, can not be accelerated. Before your child can learn to walk, the connections between the brain and the nerve endings in the legs and feet must first mature. The muscles must be strong enough.
Therefore, you cannot speed up the process by putting your child on his feet over and over again. This would only overtax him.
How You Can Help Your Child Learn To Walk
1. Freedom Of Movement
In order for your child to have optimal conditions to develop his or her walking skills, you should create space. Clear away tripping hazards, such as cables, and place them on a crawling blanket instead of in the baby bouncer.
On the blanket, it can play to its heart’s content.
Motivation is especially important when learning to walk. Show your baby appreciation for any progress he makes. Reassure them in return if they don’t succeed.
Your praise will spur your child on to keep trying. To help him develop his new skills at his own pace, intervene only when he falls or is about to bump.
Your child can learn to walk very well this way. He gets a feel for the ground and his foot. If it is too cold, you can resort to non-slip socks.
Shoes should only be worn when your child can walk and when they want to go outside.
4. Do Not Overtax Your Child
Do not expect your child to walk distances that he or she cannot yet manage.
5. Do Not Use Baby Walkers
It sounds so tempting, but the posture of these systems inhibits the development of the musculature. In addition, the Gehfrei – systems have high accident risks.
6. Falls Are Part Of It
Do not discourage your child by saying that something is too dangerous. Rather, give him your hand and encourage him to try again.
Even if your child may take longer to learn to walk, that’s not a drama. Every child is different. Your baby will develop the urge to learn to walk all by itself So you don’t need to do much at all.