How Can I Strengthen My Baby’s Legs for Walking?
It’s always a huge physical milestone whenever a baby learns to stand and walk. However, most mums fear that because of potential slips and falls. To address those possible problems, mums do baby proofing of the home and removal of all potentially hazardous objects and cleaning of surfaces. This is an important first step (as well as your guidance at all times) to get rid of your fears and worries.
How can I strengthen my baby’s legs for walking
The second step is to actually help your baby build the strength he/she needs. This is the ultimate way of making sure your baby is safe because he/she can manage on his/her own. In addition, your baby will grow up and it’s best to start early when it comes to helping him/her walk. This way, your baby will be safe and have more fun as well as he/she discovers the joy of walking.
To help babies get stronger legs and feet, many mums often start the practice and encouragement as early as four or five months. This way, by around nine to 12 months, the baby can almost manage on his/her own. Notice that it still takes time even though the babies’ bodies are rapidly developing. After all, the foundations are just being built and in any aspect of life and in real-life projects, the foundations often take much time to complete.
In addition, the baby’s entire body should be in coordination for walking to be possible. Standing and walking, as simple and ordinary as they seem, are actually complex tasks that require both physical and mental coordination. To master those complex tasks, it often requires months of practice and development. It’s especially the case with babies because they’ve still spent most of their time inside the womb or in a reclining position.
To ease the transition and help your baby develop the necessary strength in his/her legs, around four or five months you can hold your baby upright with his/her feet on the floor. This is important because he/she needs to get familiar and comfortable first with that posture and upright position. Your full attention and support are required here to ensure your baby’s safety.
While you’re holding your baby in that position, perhaps encourage him/her to bounce up and down. Many babies do that automatically maybe because they’re excited and they have it in them to build the strength themselves. After a few weeks or months, that bouncing up and down will evolve into some wobbly and clumsy walking. For optimal support, you can hold your baby’s trunk which also helps in building his/her own muscle strength.
It’s also crucial to let your baby go barefoot most of the time. Feeling the ground is important in helping babies make full use of their joints and muscles. The shoes can always come later once you’re comfortable enough to let your child go standing and walking on his/her own.
These things take time and extra attention. But time flies fast anyway and there is always something new to face and learn each day. Huge milestones are always coming and your baby learning to walk is just one of those things.