TEACHING YOUR BABY TO WALK AND EXPLORE

Life lessons for your baby on an outing

Your baby has been walking around the house for a while and now you are eager to take him for a walk outside.

You want to show him the wonders of the beautiful world we live in.


Walking outside will be a brand new experience for your baby compared to the floors and boundaries of your home.

Outside the walls of the rooms are missing. Space is vast, and there is many more and new distraction.

Thus walking outside is a multi-faceted learning experience that you can take advantage of on a regular basis.

Babies love to go outside, so taking your toddler for a walk will bring joy to the both of you.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR YOUR BABY

IS YOUR BABY WEARING THE SHOES SHE NEEDS?

toddler trying mothers high heels


Your baby is pulling to stand constantly: in the crib, at the couch, at the coffee table and holding onto your legs. She prefers playing in standing leaning against the couch.

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You notice that sometimes she lets go of the couch for a second or two and stands all by herself.

And she literally begs you to hold her hands to walk around the house all day long.

Is she ready to walk soon?
Should you buy walking shoes?

 
WHAT IS THE BEST SHOE FOR YOUR BABY?


And you heard it somewhere that barefoot is best. You need answers.

At this point you realize…

If you walk outside she will have to wear shoes, so you have to find the best shoe for her anyway. And while you are at it you will figure out if barefoot is best.

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One night you tuck your little one in and plop yourself in front of the computer searching the web for information and the best shoes.

You stumble upon a variety of advice, guidance and feel more overwhelmed each hour passing buy although you barely notice the time eloping.

Around midnight you become extremely tired and stare at your computer's clock beaming the correct time at you in disbelief. You are exhausted and more confused than ever before!

Sounds familiar?

You are looking for a comprehensive article which will explain in simple English what is the best way for your baby to learn to walk.


toddler trying mothers high heels


WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOES TO WEAR TO AID HER IN DEVELOPING THE SKILL OF WALKING?


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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST STROLLER AND STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

What is it that makes a stroller great?

This is a tough question.

There are so many great strollers and several great reviews - How should you choose? It is easy to get lost.

Is a stroller a mothers tool or a baby accessory? Is it both?

Is a stroller a fashion statement?
Or functional device? Is it both?


A stroller is a baby moving device.

A baby bed and a baby chair all in one with wheels and a bar to push it around.

Today we have the luxury to choose from many brands and models of strollers to accommodate our lifestyles.

A great stroller is one that is very practical for mom, easy to maneuver and most importantly it is a stroller that supports the baby the right way as she grows.

stroller with thick rubber tires


Do looks matter?

“Oh, look at that stroller!? “- have you heard this before? - I have, from moms and grandmothers, many times.

What is it about strollers that make us look at them like that. Like what exactly?
Why do we notice strollers like man notice cool cars?

I don’t know, but it seems, that looks do matter.

My choice of a stroller has to look good of course, but how it looks, is very personal. What I like you might not like.
I will leave that to you. 

Best stroller

If you figured out the mystery of the “cool stroller” syndrome, please leave your analysis in the comments below!

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TEACHING KIDS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY WALKING

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My success rate teaching kids to walk significantly improved when I changed my goal setting method. Instead of step by step goals, I now have one goal: walking.

This allows me to focus mostly on activating and strengthening muscles and muscle groups that keep the body upright and move the body forward in a standing position.

The beauty of this approach is that the children learn to sit, crawl on their own or with relatively small intervention.


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BABY’S FIRST BIG MILESTONE: HEAD CONTROL

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Head control is essential because all of the following motor milestones depend on it.

Your baby can not roll, sit, crawl or stand without head control. Babies who have difficulties with head control will either need professional help, or they will learn to hold their head with compensation.

This compensation could affect the whole body, the developing movements, and skills.

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MILESTONES OF HEAD CONTROL: STAGE ONE
DAY ONE TILL THREE MONTHS OF AGE

YOUR FULL-TERM NEWBORN BABy

Your full-term newborn baby’s whole body is in a “flexion pattern” which means that the head, shoulders, arms, back; legs are all in the bent/forward position.

When you place your baby on her belly, she will not be able to straighten her arms, legs or back. This makes it a bit challenging to lift her head up.

Learning of motor skills and being out of the womb will help your baby’s flexion pattern disappear by the age of ~two months.

Full-term newborns have a reflex that helps when learning head control. If you place your full-term baby on her belly, – face forward onto the mattress – your baby will turn her head to one side to assist herself breathing easier.

This reflex will help your baby learn to lift her head up. 

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WHAT IS YOUR CHILD’S GROSS MOTOR PERSONALITY?

Gross motor skills and your child's personality

infant in bear crawl drawing

What is personality?  “It is a set of individual differences that are affected by the development of an individual: values, attitudes, personal memories, social relationships, habits, and skills.”  This also including gross motor skills.

I wonder, how much each skill affects our children’s personality?

babies standing and sitting

 

My kids could not avoid their physical therapist mama teaching them rolling, sitting, crawling. They could have learned on their own but I wanted to give them a head start in locomotion. The results were very different. They both taught me many valuable if very different lessons.

My daughter, a very strong girl, (my perpetual mover) thrived so well with the extra training, her gross motor skills developed so fast, that she crawled at 5 and ½ months. However, my laid back, low muscle tone son would not even sit independently by 7 and ½ months but decided to show off a skill set of sitting, crawling and pull to stand all in one day. Clearly their genetically given muscular tone, balancing skills affected how and when they learned to sit and crawl.

Up to this day, my children’s gross motor skills are vastly different. They also have very different personalities, different interests in sports and almost every area.

Is our personality a collection of skills or does our personality directs the development of our skills?

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