Babies start to have stronger and less fragile bodies at the fourth month because their muscles and bones are already developed to withstand their own weight. Walking finally gives babies the advantage to properly explore the world with their own two feet at this point. All you have to do next is to teach them how. Some people might say that it’s quite hard to teach babies how to walk, but it’s not actually difficult because all you need is patience as they learn.
Here is a step-by-step guide that will really help you in educating your baby how to walk for them to be able to explore the world in a better way than ever. Remember that walkers are not recommended anymore because all you need is to properly follow these guidelines. During baby’s fourth month, be sure to follow these steps when teaching them how to walk properly:
Sitting is a Priority
When babies learn how to sit down on their own, that means they are gaining better mobility at this point, and they can learn how to crawl. Let them sit down for a few minutes for their muscles to strengthen. This promotes upper body balance – which is vital when moving around. They need to get used to sitting from fourth months up to six months.
Teach them to Crawl
During the seventh month, they can finally crawl. This is a sign that they are getting stronger muscles and better balance on their body. Teach them how to properly crawl by letting them get used to moving their arms and legs as it’s needed for walking someday. If you want them to improve in crawling, then do this simple trick: place an object or toy that they like on a faraway place and see them craw towards it. Be sure to praise and comfort them afterwards for them to feel rewarded as it psychologically boosts their drive to learn more.
Pulling their Bodies Up
During the eighth and ninth month, babies will become strong enough to pull their bodies to standing position. They might have a hard time at first, and will ultimately lead to falling with their butts first on the ground. This is just normal and you only need to pay attention to prevent injuries. Help them out by guiding them towards the proper way to straighten their knees in standing position. This promotes lower body and leg balance in order to fully help them walk someday.
Assist Them in Balancing
If you notice that they can pull normally at eight to nine months, that means they’re having an idea about balancing on their own. Teach them how to walk by holding baby under their upper arm as they stand on the ground, and start walking with them in front of you. If you want them to feel challenged as they learn, start guiding them towards their favorite object once again as you guide them this time. Eventually, they will just notice that they are already comfortable about walking.
As the month progresses, they will then start to cling on walls and furniture in order for them to balance properly. Be sure to move some materials in your house that can be dangerous to your baby because they might reach those, and some might fall to their heads. Encourage your child to become more capable of walking by removing their hands off from you and/or the wall/furniture from time-to-time; they will get used to it and will ultimately learn how to walk on the following months to come.
More Balancing and Walking Activities
As they reach one year old, educate them to stand without any assistance. This helps them become more balanced and strong to stand on their own feet. Count how long your baby was able to stand up alone, and praise them once again to feel more encouraged to walk. As time passes by, they can finally balance to the point where they don’t need to cling to you or to any object anymore. This calls for celebration, and you should show that to your baby by cheering and praising them more.
Once they get used to walking, all they lastly need is to exercise walking every now and then – while telling them not to crawl or cling anymore. Once again, play the game where they need to reach you or an object for them to get more used to walking.
Teaching your baby to walk is not just any basic need; it’s a self-development test as well because it also gives them a realization that they can learn more in this world.