Stay At Home Mompreneurs

Babies who are always confined to a high chair, a play pen or a walker may not have the best chance of developing larger muscle groups needed for walking. Allow your baby to safely explore and build up confidence in standing and pulling up as often as you can. Make sure that furniture is “pulling up” friendly and will not topple over on your little one. Floors that are slippery or rugs that are tripping hazards will only make it more difficult for baby to walk. Let your baby go without socks or shoes as often as is practical. Babies use their toes for gripping the floor and research has also shown that baby’s feet and ankles develop best when he goes barefoot.
If you have any concerns about your baby’s late walking or if baby hasn’t taken his first steps by around 18 months, check with his or her pediatrician just to verify that there isn’t anything physical or otherwise that is holding your child back.

Kyra Brandbury has been a freelance writer for over ten years and mother of three. She is currently doing some work for a website for her own blog, Stay At Home Mompreneurs.