Tips to overcome Walking delays in toddler

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There is nothing more joyous in this world than watching your child walk for the very first time. 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 me this moment came much later. While my daughter was still crawling, kids of her age were running. I was worried about some undetected deficiency. Her GP advised to wait for a month, to have complete investigation, which would require various blood test. 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
  1. Massage - This is the most popular grandma tip followed from ages. 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 optimal temperature. Apply gentle and firm strokes on legs from top to bottom.
  2. Push n Pull type of walker - Traditional walkers, which involved sitting of baby and moving his legs to walk are no more advisable by doctors. The push and pull walkers which allows babies to push the cart while standing   on their two legs is best recommended. They are available in many attractive designs and colors with various musical sounds. Kids will surely have fun time while learning to walk.
  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. Make sure baby is in a good mood and not hungry or sleepy.
  4. Play way method - Keep  baby’s favorite toy in a little distance from him.  Make sure the baby is in standing position or else they will come crawling to catch it. Once you keep the toy at a distance, they would try to grab hold of it and would start taking few steps. If you are lucky they might start walking there after. It is possible that the baby takes only 2 steps and then started crawling again. Or bends  own to crawl and get her toy. Don't be disheartened. Keep trying. Sooner, you will find them walking to their destination.
  5. Healthy Diet - Nutritious calcium rich diet with calcium and protein is essential. Make sure baby is having enough milk product- milk, curd, ghee, cottage cheese. Eggs whites, chicken soup, all pulses and all green vegetables and soup.
  6. Allowing the kid to walk barefoot - The tiny little shoes and socks, do look really attractive but can wait for some time. Walking barefoot allows better grip with the floor surface, enabling them to walk with ease. For a girl baby, we can make her wear light weight anklets. The sound from anklets encourage them to take steps.
  7. Creating a closed path with the help of furniture - Keeping different furniture items 1 feet apart forming a closed loop. It helps the baby to hold it 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 definitely 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 hall and her baby was walking independently by 9 months 🙂