Once your infant’s leg muscles are sufficiently developed, you’ll notice that they’ve begun to take their first steps.
I know exactly how it feels to see your little one taking his first step. It’s one of the happy moments in a parent’s life. You’ll want to treasure every moment!
Parents always wonder if their children could learn to crawl and walk soon.
But there is a specific age limit for children to learn to walk before which they can’t learn to walk. Before learning to walk, they need to strengthen their leg muscles.
Here are some stages through which your infant has to go before he starts crawling and walking.
Skills Acquisition in Infants
Your infant will learn many new things as they grow, including how to stand on their own two feet and shift their weight from one leg to the other. Every step forward in development will better equip them to take their first steps.
At the age of three or four months starts, the ‘tummy time. Your infant will flip on his own. It’s an outstanding achievement for them.
At the age of six, your baby will manage to sit up on his own.
Between the age of six to nine months, time for your kid to roam around the house. He will start to crawl as he gains some muscle strength.
Between the age of nine to twelve months, in this developmental stage, your kid may begin to stand with support, grasp objects, and move about the room.
In the 11th to the 13th-month range, you can look forward to the exciting development of your baby’s first steps.
Learns to crawl
Most babies learn to crawl before walking. To crawl, your baby must be between 6 and 13 months old. In the 9-12 months range, they will learn to crawl and walk independently.
Evidence suggests that half of the infants will crawl by eight months. Some infants can begin crawling as early as six months, while others might not do so until well into their second year.
You shouldn’t worry if your infant doesn’t start crawling. Babies often delay or maybe never master the skill of crawling.
No baby is born with the instinct to crawl. Instead, babies should experiment with many types of movement to determine the ones they enjoy the most. As a result, it’s not uncommon for infants to delay their crawling development.
Taking the first step
Although most infants begin to walk around 12 months, some do it considerably earlier or later.
Dr. Marshall claims that babies can begin walking at the age of 9 months. In his word, it is very uncommon for babies to take their time and not start walking until they are 17 or 18 months old.
Once your baby starts to walk, he will fall as he needs some time to get the hang of this new ability. You need to be more cautious during this period, or else he might get hurt.
He can balance himself and walk or run without falling after age fifteen to eighteen months.
Help your baby to walk fast.
Though your baby will be able to walk when he goes to a certain age, you can help him to learn to walk faster. All that’s required is for you to accomplish something.
Stay with him: Babies trust their parents most. When you are with him, he will feel safer. Let him stay with you most of his awake time. You can play with him and help him to take steps by holding his hands. Thus, they will feel more at ease and secure in exploring. It’ll help him to learn to walk faster.
Give him some toys: Your presence during playtime will make your infant feel more secure. Give him some playthings to look at, and he’ll be more receptive to the idea of playing with them. He will be eager to hold them. This will develop his motor skills.
Use a baby jumper: When your baby can hold up his head, you can put him in a jumper. Baby jumpers are a great way to develop your baby’s motor, audio, and visual skills.
Like other products, baby jumpers also have some drawbacks. Though there is some controversy against it, you can use it with some safety cautions.
Use a baby walker: When your baby starts to stand on his own, it’s time to introduce a walker to him. You can put him in it when you are working. There are two types of baby walkers on the market – Push walkers and classic. Depending on your kid’s needs, you can select the best one.
Medical experts forbid using a baby walker, but you can use it with extra caution. Don’t keep your baby in a walker without adult supervision. In this way, you can avoid accidents.
This is when your child is beginning to embark on a new phase of life, full of unique opportunities and independence! Time to enjoy this fantastic period while it lasts!