3 WAYS TO BOOST HIS BALANCE
1 Go on a surface safari
At this stage, walking in a variety of places lets him refine his hard-won skills. “Encountering different surfaces means your baby is learning how to use his body in different ways, using different muscles and becoming more flexible,” says Karen. “Soft-play centres are great, and take him walking in the park or in a sandpit.” Have a barefoot safari indoors and see how many different surfaces you can find.
2 Have a dance-off
Dancing together is fun! Put on your favourite tracks and move like a tree, a cat, an elephant, a train, a Teletubby… This will encourage your child to move his body in different ways, working different muscle groups and improving his balance.
3 Fill the bucket
Put an empty tub or bucket in the middle of the room and scatter balls and soft toys around it. Pick up the items and drop them in the bucket, one by one – your baby will quickly get the hang of the game. “This game practises walking, bending, turning and stopping,” says Karen. “As his walking skills improve, put the things he needs to collect further away, so he’s travelling a greater distance.”