After the presence of the Little One in the family, Mommy must be diligent in seeking information, especially about the stage of growth and development of your Little One. Well, walking is usually one of the long-awaited achievements. In fact, what age is normal for your Little One to begin to walk and are there any tips to help him/her to reach that stage?
The age of the Little One to be able run is between the ages of 12-15 months. Although, there are also who can walk at the age of 9 months or even can walk after the age of 18 months. The speed of the Little One to reach the stage of growth and development can not be equated with his/her peers, but there are ways that you can do to make your Little One to learn to walk, including:
The Little One must have a favorite toy. Mommy can use it to train his/her will to move. Put the toy out of his reach so he/she tries to pick it up. Every time he/she reaches it, put the toy back further. Soon, the Little One would have been more adept at reaching something.
When learning to walk, leg muscles have always been the center of Mommy’s attention. But keep in mind that for the Little One who is learning to walk, back muscles hold a central role.
Strengthen the Little One’s back muscles by making him/her move his/her head and neck. Draw the Little One's attention into different directions. Increase tummy time. Put the Little One in a prone position to have time to practice raising his/her head. This will train his/her back muscles at once.
Having awareness of balance is important in the process of walking of the Little One. There is no better way than to let the Little One play on the floor rather than being picked up. By playing on the floor, he/she is free to wander. He/she will try to lift himself/herself up by holding on to a chair or a short table. This will train the balance of the body and the muscles he/she needs to walk.
The Little One can stand up, but hesitates to move. It's normal, Mommy. Train the Little One by placing various objects that can be used by him/her while walking. Or, put some large colored geometry-paper then lead the Little One and ask him/her to take them one by one. The idea of a creative play is published in the growth and development site Morinaga Play Plan.
On the site, Mommy can look for other ideas to train the Little One’s motor skills. For example "Sponge Boats" or "Train Trailers". Invite him/her to play while learning by doing different games every day. Make a play plan so that the stimulation can be done in detail and thorough for all aspects of the Little One’s intelligence.
Let the Little One be free to move barefoot. The sole of his foot will be easier to grip the surface where he/she goes than when wearing socks or shoes.
In the process of training the Little One to Learn to walk, Mommy can lead him/her by walking together. Undo the intention of using a baby walker, as directed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), so that the risk of accidents such as being tripped over or falling on the stairs can be avoided.
In addition to prohibiting the use of baby walkers, AAP also stated that there is no specific advantage for your Little One, by using the tool in the learning process of walking. The use of the tool can actually make the Little One lost the will to learn to walk because he/she is used to move with a baby walker.
Rather than using a tool, Mommy can support the growth and development of the Little One by providing a variety of vitamins and minerals. Provide nutrients that contain omega-3, choline, calcium, and vitamin D, because with full and balanced nutritional fulfillment, the Little One will be helped to quickly walk.
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