5 Myths About Baby Walking Debunked

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 […]

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