Baby’s first steps
Never forget that his legs are half as small as yours! So walk at his speed, even if he likes to stroll.It is a way for him to explore the world, which is essential for his awakening.Also know how to resist your desire to pull his little hand to force the pace…A trick: set a limit.For example, “until you reach the bakery, you stay in the stroller .Then you can walk.In order for your child to perfect his balance, the beam test is a good exercise: walking without “falling” on a small sidewalk in a pedestrian street, on a long strip of paper laid on the carpet or at the top of a small wall holding his hand.While keeping an eye on him, you can also help him to climb up and down a step without support: a staircase or a doorway.Also, walk on “soft” (a mattress on the floor is ideal).Be careful, however, not to overestimate your child.It is difficult to predict the resistance of your new companion, especially since his fatigue will suddenly occur, without him having been able to warn you five minutes before.
At 18-20 months, do not walk for more than 20 minutes.Your child likes to walk but you can trust him/her to make it clear when he/she has had enough! From the age of 3, he will be able to do anything and you will often be tired before him/her! Do you always have to take your stroller with you? Yes, at least a cane stroller.He will be able to rest there from time to time, but also push her, well protected – he is then standing between you and the stroller – from the multiple dangers of the sidewalk!
Be patient until your baby is 18-20 months old! It is not necessarily a developmental delay.Your child, who has been standing up for several weeks, may simply not want to let go, or he or she may be making a very big effort right now to develop in another field such as language, for example.For worried parents, two golden rules: patience and vigilance.
However, after the 18-20 month stage, your child must visit the paediatrician.The doctor will check that there is no abnormality, such as a neurological disorder.He will most often prescribe physiotherapy sessions if the child is too hypotonic (lack of muscle tone).Don’t worry: very few are the consequences of this small “delay” on his later physical development.