Walk, accompany him

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At 6 months, your child is in no hurry to sit? At 10 months, he does not start on all fours? At 16 months, he still struggles to let go of your hand? The path to learning to walk is paved with obstacles that are often invisible to adult eyes. Our advice to encourage it.

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The 4 legs: not a necessary step

If the four legs is an important step for psychomotor development and autonomy, it is not a must! Some children move "in crab", on the side, others in "swimmer" progressing backwards with swimming reflexes of the newborn.
The "hypertonic" keeps the legs stiff and advances on the hands and toes. Some children also keep their hands on the ground, one knee on the ground and tend the second leg that serves as propellant. Or, rest on the elbows, buttocks pointing backwards. What creativity!

4 legs: how to help?

One thing is certain, it does not help to show your child how to walk on all fours ... except to make fun! The more he will drag on the ground, crawl, walk on all fours, the more he will approach the march serenely.
Give him the urge to explore his universe, for example, by placing toys that tempt him to spin on himself to catch them.
Be careful, of course, not to leave dangerous objects close at hand. Remember to equip power outlets with jack plugs and restrict access to the stairs.

The park: a good idea

The park has the advantage of delimiting a familiar and reassuring play area for your budding explorer. He can start playing there from 6-7 months. As he feels safe, he will want to sit up, especially if you hang some toys.
While standing at the bars, your toddler will also experience the standing position and then move while leaning along the walls.

Park: how to help?

First by choosing a model that meets European safety standards. The CE marking must be visible, as well as the NF logo which certifies the construction quality of the park.
Then, by not leaving him there for hours, without supervision. Your child also needs to explore his world!

Standing: no forcing

It is from the standing position, hooked to a piece of furniture or a support that your child will experiment and work his balance. By intervening physically, you risk short-circuiting the learning process and forcing it to burn the steps.
It is easy to spot a child who has not been given enough autonomy in learning to walk: he keeps a long precarious step, legs apart, he is often clumsy and uncomfortable in his body.

Standing: how to help?

It is not a question of training your child by force, but to solicit him is never bad. It's all about a happy medium! Motor activity at 1 year does not predict much of future abilities. All this is built over the years ...
In the meantime, make sure that the rooms in which your child lives have enough stable supports to hoist on. You can also have attractive toys a little high to encourage him to stand up. But nothing more!

A fall: the good reflex

A fall or a loss of balance when you learn to walk, it happens! Learning to walk is also learning to fall! Your child is very receptive. If he feels that you doubt his ability to walk or that you feel apprehension, he may be struggling to get started.
How to help? He needs compliments and encouragement from you to forget his temporary distress. When you feel more relaxed, to overcome your apprehension and his, do not hesitate to make him small toes, to laugh, on soft ground, grass, sand ... By retaining, of course! This will allow you to show him, if he does not have the reflex, that he must put his hands forward to cushion his fall. This will give you both confidence! So you will not rush to him as soon as he seems about to lose his balance.

Youpala, trotter: be careful!

Various studies have shown that many head injuries in children under 12 months of age were due to trotter accidents causing falls on the stairs, falling objects falling after being hit, burning hands on the floor. oven door ...
He is also accused of delaying the onset of walking and promoting poor back position. All this is a little hesitant!

Trotter: how to do?

If the "against" arguments have not convinced you, stay very vigilant. The main advantage of youpala is to allow the child to move in a richer environment (such as his park), which will enhance his ability to discover. By not leaving him for more than an hour a day in increments of about 15 minutes, keeping an eye on him, and if he finds pleasure, why not?
Choose a model that complies with the CE safety standard. Adjust the height of the baby walker according to its height.

Your child should touch the ground with the tip of their feet and not with the soles of their feet.

The trotter must always be used under your supervision on a surface without unevenness and course "secure".

Walk: everyone's rhythm

Your child still does not walk to 16 months ... while his cousins ​​though! Language, cleanliness, walking ... each child has his own rhythm. Walking without support appears on average around 13 months, most often between 10 and 16 months. Sometimes before: 3% of children walk alone at 9 months. Sometimes after ...
Around 19 or 20 months, if your child does not walk, it will be useful to report it to the doctor.

Market ; how to help?

Do not put pressure on him. For example, avoid letting go of his hand in the hope of forcing him to take a step forward. It is he who will decide the moment!
For him to have fun encouraging his motor skills, strengthen his balance and his adaptation to space.
You can drop foam blocks, cushions or canvas tunnel to crawl and hide.

And the stairs?

Your 18-month-old baby walks ... but has trouble walking down stairs? Beware of involuntary roulades!
A little patience: in a few weeks, your child's steps will lengthen, his speed increase, his legs tighten and the time of support on both feet between each step will decrease and he will be able to descend from stairs.
He will no longer walk by laying his feet flat on the ground, but will begin his step by the heel. He will not be ready to stall his march on yours. It will be necessary to wait until he is 7 or 8 years old before seeing him hopping or walking with as much ease as you.

Stairs: how to help?

When walking in the forest or at the park, when you encounter tree stumps or small obstacles, encourage your apprentice fighter to climb them, staying close to him. He muscled his legs, worked his balance and coordination of the upper and lower limbs.
We must not forget that his arms, true balancers, also play a vital role in his search for balance! Finally, beyond these tracks, remember that development is a whole and that it is the diversity of your child's experiences that is important and that will allow flexibility and adaptability.

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  1. Feliciano

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