How to teach your baby to walk
Your baby’s first steps are a big milestone and an exciting stage in their development. But before they get to that big moment, there’s also crawling and pulling themselves up to master. Everyone develops at their own pace, and some babies need a bit more encouragement than others to take those first few steps.
Getting them used to standing
When you’re playing with your baby on your lap, bounce them on their feet to strengthen their leg muscles and get them used to bending their knees.
Crawling helps your baby get used to using their arms and legs, strengthening them in readiness for walking.
Play with them and encourage them to crawl around the room to help them along.
An important step is when your baby starts pulling themselves up, probably by hanging on to your legs or the furniture. The way to help is to show them how to bend their knees to sit back down again.
Walking with your help
Once they’ve pulled themselves up, you can help them take a few steps and learn to keep their balance, which will help them to feel comfortable and confident when they start to walk by themselves.
Their first steps
It’s a huge moment when they take their first steps without help, and it takes a lot of confidence for them to achieve. Show them how much you’re impressed and amazed, and encourage them to walk to you across the room.
Once they’ve achieved taking a few steps unaided, your little one might still want to go back to crawling to get around sometimes. Just encourage them to walk as much as you can, such as putting them down on the feet rather than sitting.
Important advice for you
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.
Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.
Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.
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