|My husband and I are so eager to see those first steps. What
can we do to help our baby develop quickly and well?
The first thing you can do is stop putting pressure on the
baby. He will start walking when he is ready, and if you try
to speed up that process you can actually end up making the
baby anxious, then he will take longer to walk as he
will have to recover his confidence. This is especially
the case if you try and speed him up and he has a nasty
The speed at which your baby takes to walk is related
to his genetics, his build and his personality. A plump
and quiet little chap is unlikely to walk before a lively
bouncy handful of a baby with a thin build. Some babies
are willing to explore and risk more easily than others.
The other interesting thing is that babies who are accomplished
crawlers can take longer to learn to walk, as they may be
perfectly content to crawl as it gets them around so well.
There are babies that never really enjoy crawling or don’t
quite master it. For these babies, the urge to walk may
What you can do is make sure that baby has all the opportunities
he needs to progress at his own pace. Make your home safe
for crawling and for cruising – the furniture walking
that babies love so much. Loose rugs, wobbly or delicate
furniture and breakables will all have to be put away temporarily.
Make your home as easy as possible for baby to thrive in.
Let baby go barefoot as much as possible – it helps
him to grip and balance without slippery socks or chunky
shoes to hinder him. Have steady furniture for him to hold
onto, and have some pieces of furniture close enough together
that he can move across the gaps easily. This is an aid
to balancing skills.
Sometimes parents rely on things like play pens and walking
rings too much, without realising that this can interfere
with baby’s progress. Make sure that your baby does
not spend more than a little time in each of these every
If your baby isn’t walking by the time he is eighteen
months old, it is worth having him checked out. The fact
is, many babies do not walk until they are close to 2 years old. If there
is a problem, picking it up early can be a bonus in addressing
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