As the old saying goes, your little one has to learn to walk before they can run. But what that old saying doesn't account for is the stress that goes into helping your child learn how to walk for the first time. When your child is getting ready to graduate from crawling to taking their first steps, there are a few steps that you can take to help them walk as well as you can.
Protection and Safety
You are a parent, so you cannot help but want to help protect your baby as they begin to walk for the first time. To avoid injury or other problems, it's important to keep your floors clean and free of common household hazards and other possible obstructions. Now is the time to put caps around any and all pieces of sharp-edged furniture. Cover your electrical outlets with clear plugs that will prevent any injuries. Keep the floors dry, and make sure that the carpets are cleared of toys and other possible obstacles that could trip your little one while they take their first steps.
It is perfectly acceptable for babies to be barefoot when learning how to walk indoors. In fact, it might actually be a good idea for your little one to forego the footwear while learning to take steps inside. When they're walking outside, though, it is important to protect your child's feet. Shoes with soft soles are best for babies as they learn to walk for the first time outdoors. It is crucial to ensure their feet are protected from rocks, stinging insects and other outdoor obstructions.
Engage in Exercise
If you are a parent who wants to help your little one along in their walking journey, you can encourage independent walking through exercise. Holding your baby's hand while they waddle around the house is one good way to foster a sense of independence in a safe environment. You can also help your baby refine their coordination by encouraging them to hold onto the wall or furniture while they try to stand and move around.
Walking is one of the most exciting milestones in your child's life. You can ensure that this significant moment in life is a happy one by preparing your baby as best as possible. A safe environment, proper footwear, and plenty of exercise will help to teach your child to walk.
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