Things to Think About When Baby Starts Walking
Sure, seeing a baby do that new, wobbly toddle is cute. But I was quickly reminded that having a new walker meant a whole new world of things to consider
My baby has recently started walking. It all happened so quickly, it seems. I thought she’d be content to keep cruising clockwise and then counterclockwise, holding onto the ottoman for months to come. But one day she just went for it and took her first steps toward me. Being giddy with excitement at seeing her at the cusp of the milestone of all milestones, I continued to encourage her to walk over the next several days. But, ultimately, it was her desire to get around by foot that turned her few steps into many. And before we knew it, that little mama was walking.
Sure, seeing a baby toddle around all wobbly is cute. My husband, son and I would be thoroughly entertained just watching baby girl flaunt her new skill. But I was reminded quickly that having a new walker meant having a whole new world of things to consider.
Here are things to remember when baby starts walking:
1. Don’t get in a rush to buy expensive walking shoes.
While baby is trying to get this whole walking thing down, she’s best to be barefoot when walking around the house. Babies look like drunken sailors when they first learn to walk, and shoes will just get in the way. Having bare feet helped my daughter better get the hang of walking because her little feet had direct contact with the floor,and she could feel what she was doing. It helped her with her balance.
2. Make sure socks have grips.
If your baby’s little piggies get too cold, just make sure the socks he’s wearing have grips on the bottom. A newly walking baby wearing slippery socks may as well be wearing banana peels.
3. When baby does need to wear shoes, make sure they are lightweight and flexible.
When baby gets better at walking, or when you take baby out, buy him lightweight, comfy shoes. I got all excited when my daughter started walking and bought her a few pairs of ADORABLE but heavy and thick-soled shoes. It was as if I had put her feet into cement blocks. She sat down, refused to walk and wailed while she tugged at her feet. Hello, drama. Goodbye cute, thick-soled shoes.
4. Clean up any spills on the floor immediately.
Yeah, this one is a no-brainer, but sometimes you don’t see the puddle. And neither did my baby who ,thankfully,wasn’t hurt when her feet came out from under her.
5. If you haven’t done so already, thoroughly baby-proof your house.
Put up gates, lock up the cupboards and drawers that hold dangerous items, put covers on the outlets, move cords and secure bookcases and dressers. Read more about baby-proofing here.
6. Cover any sharp corners.
New walkers fall a lot. And they always seem to fall right next to the sharp corner of your bed frame or the coffee table. Put cushiony corner guards on all the usual suspects.
7. Now that baby is walking, she can reach things she couldn’t before.
Make sure you don’t put your hot coffee or tea too close to the edge of the table. Or anything else, for that matter. Like your make up. And specifically, glittery eye shadow, which will then fall to the floor and break, only to fully come out of the grout months later.
8. Capture her wobbly steps with photos and video.
You may not be lucky enough to catch those first, momentous steps. But you can definitely capture baby Bambi-type moments in that first month she is trying to master the art of walking.
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN