4 ways to encourage your baby’s first steps & some safety tips.

Babies usually take their first steps around the time they celebrate their first birthday. First, they use almost anything they can to get a firm grip and stand up, and then they take their first step. Walking is an important milestone in the life of the baby because it involves the coordination of almost all of its muscle groups, from arms to legs and back, and to encourage this process you can help it in the following ways:

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1. Adequate support

A common way to help your baby learn to support his weight on his legs is to walk while holding his two hands. Try to hold him without his elbows or shoulders fully extended and make sure his body doesn't have too much of a forward call and at the same time the soles of his feet are in full contact with the floor.

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2. No shoes

Pediatricians recommend that the baby be barefoot when it takes its first steps. Contact with the respective "ground" (e.g. floor, carpet, sofa, crib mattress) is very important and babies adjust their balance to it. Different surfaces require different use of joints, muscles and posture, and when your child cannot feel the surface because of their shoes, this learning process is hindered.
Tip: If your baby wears socks, make sure there is no risk of them slipping.

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3. "Exercises" with his toys

Once your baby gets used to it and can stand up, he will start to move around the space by leaning on the furniture. You can encourage this process by placing his toys on the furniture, thus giving him the incentive to move and get them.

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4. It's time to introduce a ‘baby walker’

There are many options of such toys, such as a shopping cart, a trolley with tools, etc., which will make the learning process even more fun and are also excellent walking aids. And since safety should not be missing from your child's effort for his first steps, you can ensure it in the following two simple ways.

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– Rearranging furniture

If the chairs at home are light and tip over easily, it's a good idea to move them away from your baby and replace them with stable objects that he can lean on to get up. If it pulls on an object that is not stable and falls on it, it may become frightened and prevent it from making another attempt. Also, to avoid bumps, move any papers from the floor or slippery magazines.

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– Protection from sharp objects

Protect your baby's head from sharp furniture corners or pointed protrusions that could injure it.
The encouragement doesn't stop at exercises and games. Applaud his every step, cheer when he gets back up, and give him a reward hug and kiss when he manages to come to you on his own. After all, this "encouragement" is his greatest motivation!

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