5 ways to help your baby take his first steps

Posted on November 7th, 2017

Get the camera ready! Here are 5 ways to help your baby take those precious first steps.

5 ways to help your baby take his first steps

There’s no set date when babies start to walk. Some will be on their feet at nine months, others may not get there until the age of two. If you think he is showing signs of wanting to take those preccious first steps, help him along with these tips.

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1. Lend a hand

As your baby learns to stand, he might need a little help sitting down again. When he gets stuck and starts crying, avoid picking him up and sitting him down on his bottom. Rather show him how to sit down by bending his knees so he can sit without losing his balance.

2. Step by step

Encourage your little one to walk by standing or kneeling in front of him and holding both his hands. This will give him the confidence to walk towards you.

3. Play time

Toys with wheels, such as a mini pram or toddler truck, are best when it comes to helping him walk. He can hold onto the toy and the push forward will help with walking. Avoid buying a walking ring as it can tip over.

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4. The right gear

The right nappies are an essential part of your baby’s movement milestones. You don’t want to put your baby in nappies that restrict movement and hinder your little explorer from moving to his full potential.

5. Barefoot baby

Being barefoot helps improve balance and coordination. While your baby is learning to walk, keep his shoes off as much as possible. You can hold off on buying shoes until he is walking around outside or on cold or rough surfaces.

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