The most prominent signs that your infant is ready to try some first time baby walking include free standing, navigating through the house using furniture to rest on (also known as cruising), a change in sleep patterns due to a highly active, developing mind and them showing a keen interest in walking with your assistance.
Today we'd like to point out the most common signs that it's time for your young one to explore baby walking on their own two feet and how you can support them to succeed when they're taking their first, initial steps.
BABY WALKING-HOW TO RECOGNISE WHEN THEY'RE READY AND SUPPORT YOUR INFANT THROUGH THE PROCESS
Let's take a look at the 5 clear signs that first time baby walking is imminent and how to guide your infant through the process.
#1-Using Furniture To Pull Themselves Up, Or You
When your baby starts to pull themselves up into a standing position through any means necessary, whether it's using furniture or your arms, this is a clear sign that they're showing a keen interest in exploring some first time baby walking.
It's sometimes easy to mistake this curiosity for walking with them asking for a cuddle when they raise their arms. Hold their hands and let them dictate what they'd like to try and do. If you feel them pulling, they might well be trying to stand up.
If you see them reaching for furniture, make sure you're there to supervise where possible and allow them to pull themselves up if this is what they want. Just ensure that your surfaces are clear so that nothing can fall on them.
When they stand, say some encouraging words like "well done" or "good job" with a softened tone of voice to offer some positive re enforcement and boost their confidence.
#2-Changing Sleep Patterns And Crying More Than Usual
This isn't the most obvious seeming sign that your baby is ready to walk, but interestingly, it can sometimes be a clear indicator that some first time baby walking is around the corner. This is because as an infant develops and reaches the stage where they're ready to try walking, the other areas of their mind are also rapidly developing.
To encourage mental stimulation and development whilst also accommodating a desire to explore walking, it can sometimes prove beneficial to leave trails of their favourite toys or other objects that they like to provide them with a path that allows them to develop their cognitive (brain) function whilst also allowing them to explore their surroundings in standing positions.
You can do this through a combination of leaving items on the ground, but also on safe and stable surfaces in close proximity to one another. This will mean that they're likely to cruise along in a standing position in between crawling to gather their favourite items.
#3-Walking Along Using Surfaces
This is one of the clearest signs that some unassisted baby walking is just around the corner. When you see your baby dragging themselves up into a standing position and using surfaces or furniture to support them as they travel from one location to another, they're very close to being at a stage where they can walk freely with your encouragement.
If they're already at this stage, simply ensure that the surfaces in your house are adequately prepared to accommodate their exploration by not only clearing them, but also ensuring that you have trails of furniture prepared in such a way that they can explore over extended distances where possible.
When placing furniture, think of your baby's height relevant to the top of the surfaces and try to make it as easy for them as you reasonably can. Always offer positive re enforcement when they successfully travel on foot for any distance, whether it's the space of a table or a table and two desks.
#4-Standing On Their Own Two Feet
When your baby begins to stand up without any help from yourself or an object, they're not only curious about walking but their muscular structure is probably quite close to being at a stage where its ready to accommodate their first baby walking attempts.
If they're able to stand without your assistance, don't be too hasty to try and rush over to support them. Instead, supervise them but allow them to stand and offer positive re enforcement no matter how long (or how short) of a period they're able to stand for. This will boost their confidence and encourage them to keep trying.
Try to beckon them over using positive words or their favourite toys so that they feel motivated to try and move on their feet once they're in a standing position. This is a great way to help them establish their very first unassisted steps.
It's the moment every parent fears. One second, you're standing with your back turned to attend to something and the next, you turn around to find your baby stood on the chair in the corner, seemingly ready to dive off at any moment with an enormous grin on their face.
If you start to notice occurrences like this more frequently, it's a sure fire sign that your baby's confidence is growing rapidly and they're ready to start exploring the world around them.
Ensure that when they're free roaming you're there to supervise during this crucial period of their lives, or at least make sure that they don't have free access to elevated surfaces when you're not present unless it'd be impossible for them to fall off them.
Provided you're there to supervise them, allow them to climb, stand and cruise around using furniture always being sure that you're ready to comfort them after a fall at ground level to help them realise that falling is completely fine, but encourage them to keep trying when they're ready.
Falls from chairs or sofas clearly need to be avoided at all costs, however.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP BABY WALKING TIPS?
We hope that you've enjoyed reading through our baby walking tips today, but what are your best baby walking practices? How did you encourage your little one to walk? We'd love it if you could share our post to encourage other parents and baby's into talking their first steps into the baby walking world.
Just remember, even though our tips and signs are commonly recognised the best way to help your baby develop the areas needed to walk effectively is always going to be through following the guidance of a qualified paediatrician.
You'll also need to equip them with the highest quality, supportive baby walking shoes whilst consulting with podiatric advice to get them off to the right start. Especially when they begin to explore outdoor spaces.