3 TRICKS TO TRY

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - First Steps -

1 Hold him at the hips

“Dur­ing these early days of walk­ing, try not to spend too much time hold­ing your baby’s hands as he walks,” says Karen. “When you do this, you take a lot of his weight, and he’s bal­anc­ing through his arms rather than using his trunk and legs. If you want to sup­port him, kneel down and walk on your knees, gently hold­ing him at the hips.”

2 Pro­vide hand-holds

“Once your baby’s cruis­ing, what he needs more than any­thing else is con­fi­dence,” says Karen. “Make it eas­ier for him to take a cou­ple of in­de­pen­dent steps by mov­ing your fur­ni­ture around so there’s some­thing heavy and stable only a foot away from your sofa. That way, he doesn’t have to launch him­self out across a wide ex­panse of floor, but can see there’s some­thing close by to hold onto.”

3 For­get the sit-in walker

“Sit-in walk­ers do not help ba­bies to walk,” says Karen. “They pitch a child for­ward onto his toes, tight­en­ing his leg mus­cles, and they don’t help to build his ab­dom­i­nal and bot­tom mus­cles. Wait un­til he is cruis­ing and then get him a push-along walker that he can push in front of him.”

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