A good number of parents have found it an exciting period to take a baby through the stages of sitting, crawling, standing and eventually walking. However, this is a gradual process that requires you to be patient enough until your baby can comfortably walk. This occurs between a period of 4-15 months. The role of a parent in the baby’s walking stages is to help your little one gain confidence so that they can eventually walk. Let us look at some of the tips of helping in building the confidence for your baby to walk in various stages:
First stage: Sitting
In the first stage of the baby, the hip bones begin getting firm enough such that the baby can comfortably sit. It is up to you as a parent to help the baby build enough confidence to sit for long. This can be achieved through
Introduce simple games
Clearly, most babies tend to be playful between the age of 4-15 months of their upbringing. Take advantage of this as a way of encouraging your baby to sit firmly and confidently. You can roll a ball to the baby in order for him to roll it back to you. That way, he tends to forget his fear in sitting and focuses on the rolling of the ball. You can also introduce stacking games to the baby to help the baby enhance it’s muscles.
Second stage: Crawling
Most babies begin crawling between the age of 7-10 months. This is a crucial stage in which a baby practices how to move both her hands and legs simultaneously. Although sometimes he will tend to belly crawl or even scoot, you will have keep encouraging them to crawl on their knees. This can be attained by:
Standing some distance away from the baby and prompt her to reach you
At early stages, the baby tends to be closely bonded to the parent such that they do not want to be an inch away. Therefore, while at her knees, she will try all means she can to crawl to where you are. Eventually, this becomes a game whereby all fear of falling while crawling tends to vanish. It is advisable for you to let the baby get to your point as a way of encouraging her through the crawling journey.
Praise the baby through her crawling
Babies tend to get super excited at being praised by their parents. This is a good way of encouraging her that she is going to make it through. The more you keep praising her, the more puts more effort to keep doing it better than she had done it before..
Third stage: Baby’s pulling up
As the baby’s muscles become firm and strong, curiosity also builds in the baby. Therefore, at around 8 months of age she begins pulling herself up using objects or the parents in an attempt to stand.
Avail stable objects around the baby
When you realize that your baby is at the stage of pulling herself up, it is up to you as a parent to control what she uses. Always ensure that the surrounding objects are safe and certain for the baby’s safety. This may mean a stable table without dangerous objects, the mom dad and so on. Keep the baby away from the kitchen place as they may attempt to pull themselves up using a sufuria on fire or just something dangerous.
Show the baby how to bend her knees
The baby should also learn how to bend her knees during her pulling up. This can be achieved by dropping something for the baby to pick up soon after she is up.
Forth stage: Attempting to walk
After managing to pull herself up, the baby begins to attempt walking. This happens at the age of between 8-9 months.
Hold the baby’s hand to help her walk
Although the baby may be curious to learn how to walk as she sees others doing, there is a lot of fear in this. Therefore, holding the baby’s hand builds confidence in them to help the to start walking with you. Help the baby practice
During this stage, practice is the only secret if your baby is to gain confidence to walk in future. It helps them to get used to standing on their feet and to make movements confidently.
Fifth stage: Cruising
Cruising refers to the stage whereby the baby begins using the surrounding wall and furniture to get around. This occur between the age of 8-9 months depending on the baby.
Encourage the baby to walk without holding on to anything
Although cruising stage must be there in the learning stage of a baby, eventually discourage him to hold on to the walls or furniture. You can occasionally pull the table and move with it encouraging the baby to walk so as to reach you.
Sixth stage: Standing alone
At the age of about 10-12 months, the baby should be in a position to stand alone. This is all dependant on gaining balance.
Make balancing a game
In order to encourage your baby to stand, you can sit down with him and help him to stand up. Since the baby is at the imitating stage, this should be easy.
Seventh stage: Walking
Although some babies take too long to learn how to walk, most of them walk between the age of 12-15 months.
Set the baby in a walking position
Since the previous stages have built enough confidence for the baby to walk, now set him in a position to walk. Ensure that there are no obstacles along the way that may cause him to fall thus instilling fear in them.