The things parents look forward to the most are those big firsts in their children’s lives. The first time they laugh, the first time they roll over, the first word, and, of course, their first steps. And while a parent’s world completely changes once a baby becomes independently mobile, it is something we try to encourage and a skill we want to help her develop.
Walking is a developmental milestone that builds on several of the ones that come before it. So, if you want to encourage walking, encourage their skills at early ages. A baby cannot walk, if they do not have strong neck and back muscles. Neck muscles are developed during the early months of tummy time and lead to the ability to sit without support, which develops the back and stomach muscles.
Once your little one starts to sit upright by herself, enticing her with a toy to get her to reach and lean promotes crawling. Crawling teaches the coordination between legs and helps baby connect the ideas of movement.
Getting off the floor
So you are being run ragged by a little speed-demon on all fours, but your baby seems to be content just to motor along on the floor. While this is not something that should concern you, there are things you can do to encourage her to start standing.
To start with, when you put her down, try setting her in a standing position rather than sitting. If she’s not used to standing and balancing, you may need to support her at the torso.
Leg strength may be an issue if she lets her legs buckle under her. Try a jumper for short periods everyday. Jumpers help develop leg strength and help baby make the connection between her leg and foot motions and movement of her body.