Dear mothers ! It is important for us to know that it is perfectly okay for your 13 months old not to have started walking because it’s a process that some of our kids take a little bit more time learning before they start getting up and running at the play yard .
Many babies don’t walk until 18 months or so. Some walk very early, there really is a big range.Just make sure he has lots of opportunities to get to furniture and pull himself up and walk around the furniture. Take him for walks by holding both hands and give him lots of praise for trying.
There isn’t much you can do to get your toddler to walk before he’s ready. As tiring as carrying him can be, it’s not a good idea to hurry him towards those first steps.
Standing, cruising, and walking are as dependent on your toddler’s confidence and motivation as they are on his muscle development and co-ordination. In fact, if you rush him towards walking and he falls, or senses your disapproval and impatience, it may slow him down.
Bear in mind that children learn to walk when they are ready. Most babies are able to stand holding on to something when they are between six and 10 months and can walk unaided by 15 months. However many babies don’t take those first steps until well into their second year.
What’s more, even after your toddler starts walking, it’ll be quite a while before you get a break from carrying him. While adults tend to think of walking as a way to get from A to B, toddlers view their newfound mobility quite differently. In your child’s first months on his feet, he will be far more interested in exploring his surroundings than following mum or dad.
You may notice that your toddler does most of his walking while you’re sitting still. This way, he can come to and go from you when he wants to, a process that’s much harder when you are moving around. In fact, when you get up and start moving yourself, you’ll probably find that he stops, sits down and stretches his arms up to be carried.
It will be some time before your child will happily trot along beside you when you go out for a walk.
With several months of carrying your toddler ahead of you, it makes sense to think about other ways to lighten your load. A lightweight buggy is a worthwhile addition to the more substantial stroller you may already own.
Keep your buggy to hand for when you most need it, by the front door or in the boot of your car for example. It’s also a good idea to keep any buggy accessories (such as a rain cover or buggy liner) to a minimum as this will make it easier to fold away.
For quick lifts around the house, try wearing a bum bag on one hip (alternatively you could buy a hip seat). This will provide a handy and supportive shelf on which to perch your toddler when he wants to be picked up.
If you’re heading out and don’t want to drag the buggy along, you could consider buying a backpack that is designed to carry toddlers. A backpack has the added benefit of putting your toddler right up where he wants to be and freeing up the use of your arms.
When you’re shopping for a backpack, look for the kind that stands securely on the ground when you take it off. This makes getting your toddler in and out of the pack much easier and safer.
If you will be using the back pack on your own practice putting it on and taking it off with your partner or a friend until you have it down pat.
Not to worry, your little one will soon start taking those first steps when you least expect it and it will completely blow your mind away!
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