Laufen lernen mit dem IKEA FLISAT Kinderhocker
Learning to walk with the IKEA FLISAT children's stool
first steps: a milestone
The first free steps mark an important milestone in a baby's life. Suddenly, the little ones can move on their own two legs and have both hands free. This opens up a whole new world of play and life for them. Playing standing up at play table and grabbing things, fetching their favourite book from the book box or pushing the doll's pram. All this is now possible. But when is the time when your baby learns to walk?
When do children learn to walk?
As with everything that concerns our dear little ones, the time when your child learns to walk is completely individual. Some children start walking at around 10 months. Others need twice as long. Every child has his or her own pace and that's a good thing. Don't compare with other children at the same age. Instead, focus on what your baby can already do and how you can best support him or her.
It takes a while for your baby to take the first step. At first, your offspring follows its natural urge to move and prepares itself to develop enough strength. Later comes sitting, sealing and the first attempts at crawling. Suddenly you will be able to observe how your darling tries to pull himself up on objects. This trains the legs, because they have to be able to hold the weight while walking. But what happens next and should you do something specific to "teach" your child to walk?
How to help your baby learn to walk
As a general rule, you should motivate and support your baby. At the same time, however, you should not overtax your baby and leave room for the natural course of events. Create an environment that offers incentives for walking:
- Offer your baby as much free space as possible so that he can move safely and freely and is not hindered by objects when learning to walk.
- Let your baby run barefoot. This will give your baby a better feel for the ground and the rolling of his feet. Shoes should only be used when the baby is already walking well.
- Baby walkers that you place your child in are more likely to prevent the natural urge to move and can lead to postural deformities. Instead, provide your child with objects at different heights that they can pull themselves up on and push around as they please.
Unlike a baby walker, your child cannot lean too far forward and must keep both hands down to rest them on the stool. This prevents posture problems that can occur with a baby walker.