Here are my Top 20 Baby Walking Tips to help you get baby mobile. Below that is another ten tips on how to engage your baby in daily activities and chores, all the while helping him to develop his muscles and brain!
TOP 10 BABY WALKING TIPS
- Once a baby is up and about on his feet, let him roam around barefooted as often as it is practical and safe to do so.
- When he does need shoes, make sure that they are comfortably lightweight, that they have flexible leather uppers and that they fit well.
- A toddler will quickly outgrow his shoes so do not be tempted to keep them until they are worn out.
- Keep a careful check on sock sizes, too. Tight socks are as harmful to feet as tight shoes.
- Once your baby can walk, harness reins are an essential accessory for outings.
- Never rely on holding a child’s hand – he can pull free from your grasp in a second.
- A toddler should always be strapped when in a pushchair or high chair.
- At this age a playpen ceases to be useful in terms of keeping a child out of harm’s way. It will, how- ever, make a useful base for a blanket house! An enterprising toddler will be up and out of a playpen as fast as you put him in.
- Now is the time to have safety gates positioned at the top and bottom of stairs and to keep the garden gates locked.
- A highchair will be coming into its own now. Choose one that has a good-sized tray, so that a two-year-old can use it as a desk when drawing or moulding dough. It should be easy to clean and sturdily made. A highchair that comes apart to form a low chair and feeding table is a good idea if you have enough room in the kitchen to accommodate it.
YOUNG TODDLER ACTIVITIES
- By the time a child is about eighteen months old, he will be ready and willing to help you in the home. Encourage him in little tasks:
- collecting newspapers and mail from the front door and unpacking groceries.
- Then move on to more ambitious jobs. Teach him to carry things in both hands, clasping his thumbs over them so that he will not drop anything. Give him child-sized mops, brooms and dustpans, and let him use suitable adult-size tools.
- Introduce each one slowly so that by about five or six a child can handle a vacuum cleaner and even an iron responsibly.
- Remember that a child will not maintain attention for long periods, so change che activities frequently.
- Speak slowly, and explain each step carefully. Inspect and praise his work.
- A two-year-old to three-year-old will empty waste paper baskets, wipe off fingermarks and dust quite competently.
- Do not be tempted to give money for the jobs done. The joy of helping you in the home and being praised for a task well done is satisfaction enough.
- A three-year-old can be introduced to cooking – bread making, for example, is a delight at this age.
- This is also a good time to consolidate hygiene – hands to be washed after visiting the lavatory, before cooking, eating, and so on; teeth to be brushed last thing at night, first thing in the morning and after meals; hair to be brushed and shoes to be cleaned.