How can I teach my baby to walk without holding?

Exercises to teach my baby to walk

This motor skill is presented between 11 and 15 months of age and among other things: it indicates the beginning of their autonomy, creates self-confidence, delimits their tastes and helps them to see their environment with a new perspective.

Also called the vestibular system, it is one of the first skills to develop because thanks to it we can locate ourselves in space and avoid stumbling. Repetitive movements and rocking are ideal for perfecting it.

Make sure your environment is safe. Falls are an important cause of injuries, so close off access to stairs and use protection on all windows from the second floor up. Don’t leave chairs or ladders in areas where they can climb. Use corner guards on furniture in areas where he is most likely to play.

Learning to walk on their own

At birth, babies begin a developmental journey that transforms them from immobile newborns to bipedal infants over a period of 12 to 18 months. This crucial period is their opportunity to move in an innate and prescribed manner in a sequence optimized for optimal building of their neuromotor coordination. With this highly evolved pattern, infants gain sustainable stability, coordination and mobility that will lay the foundation for their biomechanical future.

It’s hard to give factual information about parenting to a parent without being offended, so when I see things that make me “squeak,” I usually bite my tongue. But when a friend asked me what I thought about putting her 3-month-old daughter in a Bumbo seat, I realized I had to speak up. I’ve studied developmental kinesiology and understand human biomechanics, so I should be the one to inform people why and how to stop interfering with their child’s development.

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This is not about me judging your parenting style or your choices. This is a way for me to communicate with well-meaning parents who are doing more harm than good. Especially when it comes to their child’s child development and physical abilities: starting to eat, standing up, etc.

Exercises to stimulate walking in children

Place a mat on the floor and place your baby on it in the prone position. Sit in front of him and hold him by his little hands. At the same time that you encourage him with words and gestures, lift him up little by little as if it were a game. Wait for him to sit up and then lay him down again.

Sit your child on your lap to sing, pat or play any other game. Every once in a while, take his back off you so he can sit for a few minutes almost on his own. To help him a little, you can hold him by his little arms.

Tricks to make my baby walk fast

At around 9 months, the baby usually starts to hold on to things (such as furniture), to make strength and stand up. So it’s important to make sure that the objects in his way are strong enough to support him. If you help him, for example by placing him next to the sofa, you will find that he will hold on to it firmly.

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