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    baby’s first steps

    How to encourage baby’s first steps—in 10 steps

    It can be exciting to watch your baby’s first steps—or at least, attempted steps. Here are a few ways you can help them when they’re learning to walk so they can make that giant leap for toddler-kind!

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    • Tempt them with an interesting toy placed on a sturdy/heavy chair or on the sofa.
    • Encourage them to pull themselves up to reach it.
    • Standing up is often followed by a sudden bottom-plonk back down, so stay close by. (Luckily, diapers provide quite a bit of padding!)
    • If your baby’s standing confidently holding onto furniture, try holding their hands to see if they’d like to try walking a couple steps.
    • Alternatively, you could encourage them to “cruise” along – taking side steps while holding on to fixed, stable furniture.
    • A baby walker can help them start to practice walking away from the furniture.
    • Smile and give lots of praise and cuddles for all their attempts, successful or not.
    • When you think they might be ready you can kneel a couple of feet away from them and call them to you, holding out your arms and smiling with encouragement.
    • Once they’re walking fairly confidently make sure you re-check your home to make it safe from obstacles as well as things that were not in reach before. Have a look at our baby proofing action plan to ensure you’ve covered all bases. 
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