Your baby’s first steps

When you hold your newborn in a standing position on a hard surface, he/she will make walk-like movements with the legs. That’s because every baby has an innate knowledge of the movements needed to walk. This reflex disappears after a few weeks, as the legs get heavier. Once the big muscles are more developed and your baby begins to handle balance and understands space, your baby will attempt his/her first steps. After that there will be no stopping your little one as a whole new world opens up to your child.

How it all starts

Some babies start walking as early as 8 months. Don’t worry if yours has not started to walk, as it is perfectly normal for this milestone to happen anytime between 8 months to 18 months. First, your baby will attempt to push Valuee11 up to a standing position holding on to a furniture. Slowly, your baby will release the hands and try to stand on his/her own for a few seconds. After that, your baby will start walking around the room holding on to different furniture for support. Next, your child will take a few steps on his/her own towards you or someone he/she recognises with outstretched arms to balance as he/she walks.

Eventually your baby will begin to take tiny steps unsupported. Once your baby starts walking he/she will love to do it all the time. This is when you have to be extra careful because your baby does not understand what is safe and unsafe.

How you can help

Create a safe cruising environment and give your baby plenty of practice to improve his/her sense of balance and confidence. Once your baby can stand upright, hold her hands and help her walk across the room. When your baby starts to cruise you can give a safe and sturdy push toy to make it fun for your baby to practise walking. When your baby is ready, help him/her learn to walk up and down the stairs with close supervision.

Childproof your home

It is important to childproof your home before your child starts crawling. Cover all sharp edges; secure breaklose furniture and lock safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to keep them off-limits to your child.

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Buying your little one’s first pair of shoes

It will be difficult to resist rushing out to buy all those tiny cute shoes on display for your little one. It is good to hold your excitement for a while as your baby does not need shoes until he/she is walking confidently. Let your baby walk barefoot and figure out those wobbly first steps as well as get a good sense of the floor. Eventually when you buy your baby’s first shoes, they should be lightweight with bendy soles so your baby can use his/her feet properly for balance. Try to avoid synthetic materials. Leather lets the skin breathe and canvas or cloth lets air circulate. If your baby keeps pulling at his/her shoes or if there is pressure marks on your baby’s skin when you remove the shoes most often the shoes are not a comfortable fit for your baby.

Choose a diaper that allows your baby the freedom to move

When your child gets up and starts walking it is a great achievement for him/her. Your child will want to reach out and explore. He/She will want to practice new skills like squatting and getting up, jumping to a slightly lower surface or even dancing. Your child’s eagerness to move is also a major force in his/her brain development. A regular diaper may no longer be good enough for your child to exercise his/her motor skills. You need a diaper like Drypers Drypantz that follows your baby’s every movement and does not cause any discomfort or tightness. You can slip it on and off easily like underpants without disturbing your child’s play.

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