Our children take their first steps when they are ready to start walking. As the father of a 14-month-old who just started walking, I know this now. Trying to force the matter won’t make them start any sooner. However, based on my personal experience, you should at least make sure that your child has the tools, training, and space that are necessary for them to learn how to walk. Make sure that their little legs are strong enough to support their bodies. If they aren’t standing on their own yet, it may be a little too early to think about walking.
While you don’t want to force the issue, it’s still a good idea to stand your child up and tell them to come to you. They need to at least know what walking is if they are going to start doing it. You can also hold their hands and walk with them so they can get used to moving their legs in the motion of walking. As time goes by, you should lessen the amount of support you are actually giving them when you do this. If you guide them too much you won’t be helping them learn how to walk on their own.
Give them some tools
There are lots of products on the market that are made to assist children who are learning to walk. Most of them will strengthen your baby’s legs and teach them form. These tools are a huge part of getting your kid to begin walking. Even though it assists them, it still allows them to practice without mommy or daddy helping. When they are ready to start walking independently, they will lose their walkers and start taking steps on their own.
Good walking environment
It is important that your child has enough room to learn how to walk. Examine the area of your house where your child spends most of their time playing. Make sure this area is okay for walking practice too. There shouldn’t be any problem areas where your child could get seriously injured. Avoid areas near stairs and sharp corners. It’s also a good idea to have something that your child uses to get into the standing position. When they are already standing, they are a lot more likely to begin walking.
These methods are great for encouraging your one-year-old to start walking, but every child is different. They will walk when it’s the right time for them, not for you. Your child isn’t thinking about the future. There’s a good chance that they care more about their next bottle than being able to walk. Whatever you do, don’t panic. That would only create a negative atmosphere that your child will sense. You want them to be excited about walking, not scared.