There is nothing more joyful in this world than watching your child walk for the very first time. My child had Walking delays and started walking a little late as compared to the normal age group which is less than 1 year.
I remember I had tears in my eyes seeing my little angel taking her FIRST STEPS. Most kids start walking by age of 15 months but for my child, the moment came much later.
While my daughter was still crawling, kids of her age were running. I was worried about some undetected deficiencies. Her GP advised to wait for a month, to have a complete investigation, which would require various blood tests. I was terrified as I couldn't see her going through all the needle pain.
I wanted to do as much as I could do to make her walk. It was cute to see her crawling but this couldn’t go on forever.
Different people had different suggestions. I agreed to most as they all had some logic behind and did whatever possible to make her walk.
I am listing few techniques which would definitely help those in need:
Tips to overcome walking delays in toddlers.
This is the most popular grandma tip followed by ages. Massage has proven benefits for babies and toddlers to overcome Walking delays.
Apart from being soothing and relaxing for a baby, it is a great way to strengthen the leg muscles. Ten minutes of daily massage will help in a long way. Make sure the oil is at an optimal temperature. Apply gentle and firm strokes on legs from top to bottom.
#2. Push n Pull type of walker to Overcome Walking delays.
Traditional walkers, which involved sitting in the baby and moving his legs to walk are not advisable by doctors.
The push and pull walkers that allow babies to push the cart while standing on their two legs are best recommended.
Push and Pull Walker helped my daughter in accelerating her walk. They are available in many attractive designs and colors with various musical sounds.
Kids will surely have a fun time while learning to walk and this will definitely help to overcome Walking delays.
#3. Motivating and Encouraging
Encourage them by making them practice and practice. This would help them to lose their fear.
Let the baby stand with some support. Sit down on your knees, with 1 feet distance from your child. Allow him to walk taking mini-steps towards you.
Make sure you hold your baby before the fall as it may create fear of walking for next time.
Practice walking when the baby is in a good mood and not hungry or sleepy.
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#4. Play way method to overcome Walking delays.
Hold your baby’s favorite toy in a little distance from him and allow him to walk towards it. The main intention here is to let the baby fetch his toy by taking little steps.
Before starting with this method, make sure the baby is standing, or else he might choose the easy way out to crawl and grab the toy.
Once you hold the toy at a distance, they would try to grab hold of it by taking a few steps.
Keep moving the toy away as the baby comes closer. This will encourage him to take more steps.
If this is your lucky day baby might start walking thereafter.
It's possible the baby takes just 1 or 2 steps and starts crawling. Don't be disheartened. Keep trying. Sooner, you will find them walking to their destination.
p.s My baby started walking just after this step 🙂
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#5. Healthy Diet
A nutritious calcium-rich diet with calcium and protein is essential.
Make sure the baby is having enough milk products- milk, curd, ghee, cottage cheese. Eggs whites, chicken soup, all pulses, and all green vegetables and soup.
A good diet is very important in helping in Walking delays.
#6. Allowing the kid to walk barefoot
The tiny little shoes and socks, do look attractive but can wait for some time.
Walking barefoot allows a better grip with the floor surface, enabling them to walk with ease.
For a girl baby, we can make her wear lightweight anklets. The sound from anklets encourages them to take steps.
#7. Creating a closed path with the help of furniture
Here we can make a closed path with the help of house furniture.
Keeping different furniture items 1 foot apart so that the baby can hold and walk along.
The distance between the two furniture items can be slowly increased. It would change the look of your living room for some time but is worth a try.
Slowly and gradually, the baby will get confidence and get rid of fear. I remember my friend had a similar setup in the hall and her baby was walking independently by 9 months 🙂
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