Friday, December 05, 2008

What to Expect When Your Baby Starts Crawling and Walking

Help your baby develop his coordination skills. Here are some mommy tips to share:

Between 6 and 10 months, your baby will wiggle and stretch, then push himself up and take off. He may also shimmy, scoot on him bottom, or skip crawling entirely…lots of babies do. To help develop a crawler's coordination:

  • Fill a baby proofed room with cushions and boxes he can crawl over, under, or through.
  • Pump up some music, plop down on all fours next to him, and swing to the beat. He'll likely imitate you.

Soon after he can stand, between 8 and 13 months, he'll most likely try taking steps while holding on to furniture. First he'll drag his feet sideways, but eventually he'll pick up his legs. To bring him closer to walking:

  • Push furniture together so he can glide around a room.
  • Stand him on your lap, then slowly move each of your legs up and down so he can get used to shifting his weight.

Between 9 and 14 months, your baby will let go of the couch and take his first steps. He may be unsteady at first, but to ease him along:

  • Let him go barefoot so he can balance better.
  • Stand a few feet away from him while holding a toy. With practice, he'll walk confidently toward you to grab it.


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