3 Tips to encourage your toddler to walk
After confirming that your baby is healthy and just needs a little more time, you can do the following to encourage them to walk:
Play with them
If your toddler isn’t walking yet, perhaps they need more time to practice. Playing is a great way to learn how to walk. Daily, ensure that they have at least 30 minutes of parent-led and supported activity.
One great way to play with them is to make them stand on the floor while you hold their hands. To make it more fun for them (and to encourage them to take steps), show a toy they can grab at a distance.
Leave them an exciting trail
Toddlers also need one hour of free play daily. In one of those unstructured activities, you can leave them an exciting trail. Try to put the “treasures” on surfaces that they can only reach if they stand up.
However, don’t forget to be there and toddler-proof the trail, to make sure it’s safe, before letting your little one roam around.
Let them walk barefoot
You may feel that having them wear shoes will make them learn to walk faster, but they should go barefooted indoors, according to experts.
This is because shoes often make it difficult for them to take steps. The best thing to do is to save their shoes for outdoor playtime activities.
Hitting developmental milestones such as walking is different for each baby. If your toddler isn’t walking yet, it may be because they are just a late bloomer. However, there’s no harm in consulting a doctor, if you’re worried. It’s also the best thing to do if you suspect any other health concerns and developmental delays.
Learn more about toddler milestones, here.