You can’t deny that we’re becoming more and more in love with our babies’ achievements. To follow the growth, the first words and the first steps is an indescribable emotion for a mother and a father. Teaching your baby how to walk is one of life’s main victories, and know that it is very important that there are stimuli for your little one to start creating his own rhythm.
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While respecting the limits to which your baby can go, always try to encourage the first steps to be safer and firmer. A good day for this is to observe that the environment is safe, without objects that can be knocked down in the middle of the way, without carpets that might trip, among others. Always try to let your baby make his way instinctively, without guiding him, only accompanying him to ensure safety.
You can use baby’s favourite toys to encourage him to take his first steps to more and more distant places. Try taking the toy away from where baby is and gradually increasing the distance as baby makes progress. Small challenges are ideal for baby to learn that he must strive to get what he wants, and not have it all at hand, which would take his desire to go out and discover new things.
If your baby falls to the ground or stumbles, try not to worry so much. As hard as it is to control anxiety, tumbles also serve as a learning experience. Show your baby that this situation is normal, make sure everything is okay, and get on with the job. Always encourage him to continue to persist.
Taking the first steps requires some support, as the baby has not developed the balance so well on his legs, it is important to hold his little hands while he walks. This also helps to reinforce the idea that the baby has the capacity and will thus gain more firmness. You can gradually release one of your baby’s little hands and as he grows he will start to walk on his own.
Praise for baby’s achievements is welcome! Be sure to emphasize your pride and satisfaction in seeing your baby grow. This may seem superficial at first, but in the long run it will be very important for your child to develop.
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