3 SAVVY TIPS
1 Blow bubbles near him
“To walk without support, your baby needs to feel confident about moving and lifting his limbs,” says Karen. “A simple way of giving him some practice is to blow bubbles near him. He’ll move to look at them and to reach out and touch them. That will build his confidence, help his stability and encourage him to move.”
2 Play on a music mat
“Flat mats that play different notes as your baby walks over them are great at this stage for encouraging movement,” says Karen. Babies love exploring them, and the lure of making sounds will motivate him to keep moving about.
3 Let him rest“
“Walking takes a lot of energy when you first start,” says Karen. “Your baby is exerting himself physically and he’s putting a lot of thought into what’s going on. So let him do it when he wants to – and let him stop when he wants to.”
Researchers at New York University have found that when they’re first learning the ropes, babies will often walk one day, then want a rest the next day and not walk at all. And even if he has only a few short bursts of activity, your youngster is still clocking up a lot of steps: on average, a toddler takes 2368 steps an hour!