Small Steps: Tips to Keep in Mind When Your Child Is Learning to Walk

Watching your child learn to walk is a wonderful, albeit stressful, time in your life. You need to ensure that they have access to clear walkways and the right footwear, but they aren’t able to reach heat sources, like stoves.

Keep Walkways Clear

It’s a good idea to remove all potential fall hazards in order to keep your child safe when they’re learning to walk. For example, you should keep the halls clean and free of anything that could trip your child. Since his or her legs are short, he or she won’t be able to step over hall hazards the same way you can. Alternatively, you can provide your child with something to balance on, such as a walker or stroller, which will push things out of his or her way.

Get the Right Shoes

You and your child both need the right type and size of shoe for the type of climate in which you live. For example, if you reside in an area that gets heavy rain or snow, you might want to invest in some heavier shoes, such as boots. On the other hand, if you live in a sunny area, you should probably provide your child with lighter shoes, such as sandals. Additionally, you should try to find shoes that are easy to slip on your child’s feet quickly as he or she is likely to wiggle away.

Avoid Dangerous Situations

When starting to walk, many children are also beginning to learn more about the world through their senses. Some children will know that a fireplace or stove is hot and will stay away, especially if you have pointed it out to them. Others will not recognize the danger, which is why parents need to be aware of the risks that electrical outlets and fireplaces can pose.

There are a few things to keep in mind when your child begins learning to walk. First and foremost, children are curious and need to be kept at a safe distance from hazards, such as stoves, fireplaces and electrical outlets. Second, make sure that your child’s shoes are comfortable by purchasing footwear that makes sense for his or her environment. Finally, a child should have access to clear walkways. The further that a child can walk without tripping, the more he or she will be able to build his or her confidence in walking around.

For some more great advice, check out this article: Feeding Suggestions for Toddlers

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