July 31st, 2017
One of the greatest milestones any parent wants to see their child reach is being able to walk. The transition for a kid from crawling everywhere to taking his first tentative steps towards walking varies from child to child, with some requiring just a single day to be seen staggering around, and others not attempting a single step until after 14 months. Whether you see it as a happy occasion or the beginning of headaches from reining in the little livewires, we help to debunk some of the common myths about baby-walking to set your mind at rest.
Myth: Kids always crawl first before they start walking
Crawling is the common mode of transport for little critters aged between seven to 10 months, but it is not unusual for many kids to skip this stage entirely and start baby-walking immediately. Parents tend to freak out when their child doesn’t crawl, but it is not necessarily a bad thing, and if they show signs of wanting to walk before crawling, encourage them. They’ll turn out just fine.
Myth: Leg muscles are the most important for walking
While it seems perfectly logical that strengthening our legs naturally improves our ability to walk, the act of walking involves more than one muscle group, and includes neck, back and especially the core muscles as well. Help facilitate a smooth baby-walking session by focusing on strengthening your child’s core muscles, which are essential for good posture, sitting, standing, and of course, walking.
Myth: Your child will learn to walk faster if shoes are worn
Many parents think that baby-walking with shoes on helps to train them as the weight from the footwear offers resistance and gets them used to wearing shoes. The truth is, it is better to be barefoot while learning to walk. This allows your child’s feet to bend and achieve maximal balance and coordination. Also, when selecting your kid’s first pair of shoes, go for soft-soled ones which provide better grip and flexibility.
Myth: Walking on tiptoes is a serious concern
When your baby starts walking, he or she is usually trying to figure out the mechanism behind it, which may result in several awkward walking styles including waddling and tiptoeing. Typically, there is no cause for concern when it comes to walking on their toes, but if this prolongs beyond the baby-walking phase or after the age of three, consult your pediatrician to find out why your child can’t walk with his heels flat.
Myth: A walker or stationary activity centre is required in the baby-walking process
Devices like walkers may seem handy when it comes to developing autonomy to stand and toddle without assistance, but rather than speeding up the process, they may actually delay it. Walkers and wheel-less stationary centres create over-reliance on them and make the kiddos lazy to put in effort, not to mention the falling hazards they carry.
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