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Helping Baby Walk


By Jodie Lynn
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QUESTION:

Our daughter just turned one and still does not walk. What tips have worked for other parents to get their children to want to stop crawling and start walking?

ANSWER FROM READER:

In the older days, not too terribly long ago, we used walkers to help teach our two kids balance and how to maneuver around their surroundings. Many of those products are no longer available. One of the things that also worked once was when we were visiting the grandparents, we couldn't take the walkers on the plane so my husband's dad used a pull cart that he used to haul logs for the fireplace and put several smaller logs in it, brought it inside and we used it for a push toy for our toddlers. After two weeks of pushing it around and grandpa cheering them on, both learned how to walk on their own. Once we got home, they used the walkers for a push toy. - Kristie Johnson in Chicago, IL

FROM JODIE:

While some children as early as age nine to ten months begin walking, it is not that uncommon for a one-year-old to not completely be doing so on their own, especially without some type of assistance. Children walk at different times and there is not really a timetable, per say; no need to go into panic mode. Some just feel safer crawling to get where they want to go or to retrieve whatever it is they are trying to get, which is perfectly fine. Some learn how to walk using push toys, which work for many. The key here is to be sure that it weighs enough to support your daughter and doesn't have a tendency to tip over in any direction. While some like to feel a bare floor under their feet while trying to learn how to walk, there are those that for whatever reason, prefer carpet. However, parents will sometimes forget to clear out the clutter in an area like toys, furniture that may stick out too far, pet bedding, etc., and once a child stands upright and tries to balance, having a clutter-free area may make the process a little less intimidating. There are various gimmicky products that are sold as “walking tools,” but before running to buy the next great thing, remember that what may work best for your daughter is patience and practice. Should she fall down and become scared, or simply dreadfully frustrated, she may retreat to crawling for a while. Don't worry about it and give her a little breathing room and before long, she will try again when she is ready.

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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including eDiets.com, KeepKidsHealthy.com, ClubMom.com, BabyUniverse.com, CatholicMom.com, MainStreetMom.com and MommiesMagazine.com. Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit www.ParentToParent.com for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.

 

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