One of the most awaited milestones in a child’s life (and more so in the parents’ life) is walking. But as your teach your child to walk (actually it is not teaching, but more of a natural process), there are certain things which as a parent you yourself must know. These things will prevent you from taking any wrong moves as you become the supposed teacher, and your child the learner.
The same sequence applies for every child
You should always follow the milestones when you are teaching your child how to walk. Broadly speaking, there are in fact three stages:
- Sitting up: This happens at approximately 6 months when the child starts learning how to utilize the muscles of the trunk in order to remain upright.
- Pulling the body in order to stand: A number of children try this by 10 months, although the timing differs from child to child. Jody L. Jensen, University of Texas professor says that the hips constitute 70% of the body mass; hence the legs need to be very strong in order to lift the torso.
- Cruising: Here also, the age varies. When the child is capable of cruising, he or she will use the room furniture as support in order to roam around the room.
Recognizing the symptoms of a new walker
The final thing that the child learns in the walking process is to lift one foot while maintaining balance on the other. You will find new walkers usually having outstretched arms and keeping a wide stance. A lot of muscle contraction is involved as a baby learns to stand. But for walking, the relaxation of knees and hips is required. The main challenge for the baby is to figure out how to obtain the correct amount of tension in the muscles of the legs. But do not worry about that because babies will automatically grasp the same through their own instinct as they near one year.
Parents can hardly do anything to accelerate the timetable
Accept it. However much you try, most of the times it is not possible to speed up the learning process of your child. Yes, if your child’s age is one year four months and still he has not walked, you might consult a doctor, who will suggest some interventions. But do not stress the child on your own. Remember that jumpers, stationery activity centers or push toys do not contribute to helping your child learn walking sooner. But there’s no harm in introducing these toys if your baby loves playing with these. Try to avoid walkers, which might put your kid into trouble.
The speed of learning to walk can reflect the child’s personality
Whether your baby is early or late in learning to walk remarkably reflects his attitude, that is, if he is of the wait-and-watch kind or a risk taker. Some kids possess an “I can do simply anything” kind of attitude and try to get up and walk as soon as they understand that an option is available. Again there are others, who do not begin walking till they are certain that their performance would be good. Such children are in fact more contemplative and cautious.