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Prepare Your Baby to Walk with Ease

Olga Sysoef |30, January 2007


One concern many parents have is teaching their baby to walk. It may seem like it just comes naturally—and to an extent it does! However, there are things you can do to prepare your baby to walk.

Babies don't just wake up one day and start walking. There's a natural progression from rolling over, to sitting up, to scooting, to crawling, to pulling up to walking. Teaching your baby to walk easily depends on her mastering those first steps.

When your baby starts to become mobile, it is important to make sure that your home is a safe environment. Inspect your home to prevent your child from getting hurt on sharp corners, ledges, and stairs while your teaching your baby to walk.

You may also be tempted to head to the store and purchase a walker. However, when you're teaching your baby to walk it is important not to use a walker. They can be dangerous and can cause accidents and injuries.

When you're teaching your baby to walk, you may want to rush out and buy the perfect pair of shoes. However, recent research suggests that babies actually learn to walk better when they're not wearing shoes.

So save your money and teach your baby to walk without the little tennies. If you want your child to wear shoes, that's okay, too. Just be aware that they won't make it easier for your baby to walk.

If you're going to buy shoes, follow a few simple rules of thumb. When you teach your baby to walk, you must make sure that his shoes are going to help instead of hurt. Look for shoes with flexible soles and flat bottoms. Pass up the high-tops and go for a shoe that allows your baby's ankle to move.

Also check your baby's shoe size frequently to make sure he hasn't outgrown them.

One of the most important things you can do to teach your baby to walk is encourage her to get a lot of exercise. Help her to develop coordination and balance by playing physical games and toys that promote dexterity.

Toys that allow your baby to push or pull are excellent to teach your baby to walk. You can also play by kicking and throwing balls. These little activities will promote eye-hand coordination and balance.

Don't forget to have fun! You don't need to push your baby too hard, just enjoy the process while you teach your baby to walk.

Olga Sysoef is a co-publisher of Baby Care Guide designed to Unlock your Inner Mother Code. Parenting manual that mother nature should have included with your new baby -

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joni Jun 7, 2013 02:27:42 AM ET

I have 3 boys. However I didn't follow this rule with all 3. My first 2 boys wore hi-tops. My first didn't walk until almost 14 months,my second son didn't walk until 17 months. With my 3rd son he didn't wear shoes until he was 17 months old. The only shoes he wore before that was robeez soft soled and those was just to help keep his feet warm. Then he went to robeez mini-shoes @ 15 months. At 17 months old he got his first pair of real shoes which was pediped grip and go shoes super flexiable! He started walking at 10 months old so I think no shoes are best when cruising and learning to walk! Just my opion.

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uche okey Oct 30, 2012 04:38:58 PM ET

Thanks for this beautiful article my daughter is 11+months,she started her first steps with shoes and she is doing great .

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Cassie Oct 19, 2012 04:01:00 AM ET

I have a 11month old. He's a cruiser but not yet standing on his own.This information was very helpful because I was thinking of buying the hard bottoms shoes.yjrkxo

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saphire May 28, 2012 07:56:25 PM ET

I too have a 10 month old and im tring to teach her to walk.

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Val Nov 4, 2010 03:50:02 PM ET

I agree with this article completly my son is 12 months old and he can walk 13 steps all on he's own, but when i put shoe's on him he cannot walk on he's own at all it is alot harder when they are in shoe's it makes it very difficult

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Lisa Oct 20, 2010 03:11:55 AM ET

Thanks this was very helpful, I have a 10 month and she coasts but hasn't taken any steps yet and I was torn about buying her shoes prior to first steps! I will wait.

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nancy Jul 30, 2010 04:32:23 AM ET

This helped me out a lot, thanks for the suggestions!

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melissa Jun 9, 2010 03:42:37 PM ET

I love this site... it helped me alot with my baby.. :D thanks

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jorod Mar 15, 2010 08:59:26 PM ET

My son nader is olny a month old and is walking he talks and drives me to the store

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sheila Nov 18, 2009 09:57:50 PM ET

You should look up a product called baby noodles. I got some for my daughter at a local baby show and they worked great!

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