For many parents, the early toddler is a good sign of development. In fact, walking early is just a sign of muscle strength. This is only a sign that the motor skills of some children develop relatively early, not the mature development of the mind.
When Should Children Learn to Walk?
Most children take their first steps when they are 1 year old, others are a bit earlier or later. To get the first step, the child must go through several stages:
Start with know-how (3 months)
- Sit down (6 months)
- Know cow
- Know walk
These milestones are approximate and no baby is the same. Some babies skip the stage of cow straightening from sitting to standing up and walking.
How to Teach Children How to Walk?
In the first stage when your child is learning to walk, he or she will stand in a wide-legged position, with toes facing out, arms outstretched and elbows slightly folded. At this time, children do not follow a straight line but usually walk in one direction from the other side.
Although babies will often begin to fall short of footsteps at first, they will be confident enough to perform a variety of complex tasks, such as stepping sideways or backing up, leaning over for several months. down to pick up objects, walk and throw the ball.
Should We Use a Car for Toddlers?
There are many toys for toddlers. However, this is discouraging and not really necessary. In the list of practical baby guides, health professionals do not encourage parents to use the type of car for toddlers with the following reasons:
Cars for toddlers do not help babies to walk earlier. The reason is that moving without effort will make children lazier to actually walk when the time comes. In addition, children get used to moving without lifting their entire body weight, for a long time making muscles – bones do not develop as usual.
Babies walk by observing how their feet move, but when sitting in a walker, they do not see how the lower body of the body moves, the nervous system is deprived of sensory information. It is necessary for children to practice walking effectively.
- The baby walking position in a walker is not a natural standing posture of a person, the way the baby moves in the car is also completely unnatural. You need to watch how your baby stands in a toddler, they usually stand half and sit half, their legs bent and they only move by pushing their toes instead of the usual walking steps. If children stay in the car for too long, they will have deformed bones, deformed legs O and X, and affect later gait.
- According to the natural development process, children must know how to exercise neck and shoulder muscles, then they can crawl to train arm and leg muscles, especially hand-eye coordination. If children use a car for toddlers, they will not have the opportunity to crawl around the house to train muscles, even many families let their baby walkers ride very early (5 months) so they skip the stage cow. This is a huge disadvantage for the baby.
- Toddlers’ cars limit their exploration and development. At 6 months of age, babies know how to crawl and often crawl around the house, touch any item, find a way to reach for objects, know to play with toys, know what to hide go, … thereby, the baby develops cognitive and emotional. If the baby sits in the car for toddlers a lot, they will not have time to play on the floor and discover for themselves like that, but for them, the “big world” is just confined to the walkers and some toy mounted car only. That is a real loss.
- Toddler bicycles are very dangerous, can cause injuries to children.
What Should Parents Do When Teaching Children to Practice Walking?
Teach your toddler to walk on the floor and not to wear shoes. Thus, the baby will be in direct contact with the ground. Only when the baby has become a little more stable, should a mother journey with shoes. From 0-3 years old, baby feet are composed of 70% cartilage. This age is also the decisive stage for a baby’s foot bone development. If teaching your baby to walk incorrectly, or wearing uncomfortable shoes will lead to the misalignment of the metatarsal and easily lead to conditions such as flat feet, bow legs, hammertoes, The nail grows backward.
Supporting and supporting the baby step by step, but not pushing or pulling him along with him, easily dislocating his wrists or shoulder blades. You can kneel in front of your baby and support him or her with both hands when he or she moves indoors, once he or she is proficient, you can guide him or her with your hand.
Some other things to note
When you change clothes, let your baby stand. A lot of standing children will have strong muscles and leg bones, a good premise for your baby to practice walking.
Should line the floor with foam, cushion to help your baby’s foot be stronger, not slippery, and protect the baby when falling.
Once your child knows how to hold onto an object, you can train him to sit on a chair, a bedside, and step by step, moving from chair to chair.
Limiting carrying babies should carry only when necessary. In addition, let your baby be free to sit, lie, and play. Cuddled babies will no longer like to practice walking.
Watch out for tall objects: Never leave the baby alone on a bed, table, or other tall furniture in the house. Should use a safety strap when the baby sitting in a stroller or baby seat. Avoid letting your baby play alone outside the balcon. Using the stairs to stop the stairs, blocking the door is also a way to keep the baby safe.