Fri, Aug 27, 2021 6:35 AM
One moment, your baby is spending the rest of their day napping and feeding, and then suddenly, they are crawling all over the house, exploring their surroundings. All in all, these changes are just the culmination of a long development process that is underground thanks to multiple factors including their diet, their sleeping routine, and socialization.
As babies grow, their muscles are also getting stronger and are more able to support their own weight either sitting up, crawling, or standing up entirely. These movements are also beneficial to develop a child’s coordination that is necessary to control their limbs on their own.
As mentioned earlier, every baby develop at their own pace, but these are milestones to anticipate:
3 – 4 months
Your baby’s muscles will be getting stronger and they will begin to explore their own strength. The first sign of a baby being able to support their own bodyweight including their neck, back, and core, is if they can do a prone position, a body position in which the baby lies flat with the chest down and the back up.
3 – 6 months
Babies will become more aware of coordinating different limbs of their body and their mobility. They will learn how to roll and use this as their main way to move from one place to another.
6 - 13 months
During this age, your baby will be able to scoot and crawl around their area. Help your baby to move freely by removing any obstacles and distractions whenever they are trying to crawl and scoot.
8 – 18 months
At this age, babies will become more confident to take those first, tentative initiatives to stand up as they have stronger muscles, better balance, and more precise coordination.
There are plenty of reasons why a baby does not walk according to set developmental milestones. Generally, babies may start walking anywhere between the ages of nine to 15 months, but there are some instances where babies walk earlier, and some walk later than this age range.
Generally, if a baby is not walking independently by 18 months, further evaluation may be needed to determine the underlying reason for this delay. Here are some of the reasons why your baby’s walking gets delayed.
If your walking development when you were a baby got delayed, it is also highly likely that your child will experience this delay as well. This often does not have underlying causes.
Some babies just don’t rush when it comes to walking. Moreover, babies who have developed being cautious earlier in their lives, tend to take lesser risks when it comes to mastering independent walking. This kind of personality is content with taking their time and learning steps at their own pace.
Babies who may have spent their earlier months on their bed due to illness or long-term hospitalization may not have opportunities to enhance their gross motor skills, which is essential for learning how to walk.
Babies who do not have the proper and suitable environment will also result in not enough opportunities to move, play and use their gross motor skills. This will delay their walking experience.
It is essential that babies are given opportunities to move and play and are not spending extended periods of time in strollers and high-chairs that limit their ability to move.
Premature babies typically meet all of the required developmental milestones much slower. Usually, and depending on the level of prematurity, babies born early should be tracked against the milestones for their due date and not the date they were born.
Illness or Syndrome
There is also a possibility that walking delay may be caused by an illness or syndrome. This includes Barth syndrome, Rett syndrome, and Russell-Silver syndrome.
Aside from these rare diseases, certain neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy and Down's syndrome, can also delay the walking development of your baby. It is best to reach out to your baby’s pediatrician to find out if there are any underlying medical issues involved with your little one’s walking delay.
Want to help excel your baby’s walking development?
“Baby cruising” is done when a baby who knows how to stand begins to walk while holding objects that assist with balance, such as the side of a coffee table, the bed frame, and more.
This is a sign that your baby is learning how to shift their weight from one leg to another while trying to balance. It is also beneficial for babies to learn how to move forward in a coordinated manner.
To motivate your baby to cruise, put them on a baby walker!
Make sure to take caution with furniture, houseplants, and other items that are not safely secured to the walls or on the floor to avoid any incidents while your baby is using the baby walker. To give you an idea of what is the best baby stroller in the market, check out this Black Adjustable Seat Musical Baby Walker.
It features an adjustable height so babies of any height can get into place comfortably. It has a wide, stable base to ensure safety while your baby is walking around your home. Attached to the base are four sturdy wheels that work equally well on floors or carpets, with grip strips that help reduce movement on uneven surfaces. The reflective parts along the base will guarantee visibility for parents and babysitters who will be monitoring your baby-in-training.
This baby walker will surely encourage your baby to walk while jiving with its built-in battery-operated music tray. Aside from the music tray, it also features eye-catching movable parts that will stimulate our baby’s eye-hand coordination and spatial recognition.
This baby walker is equipped with built-in movable parts to stimulate hand-eye coordination and develop motor skills. With colorful buttons and parts, your baby is guaranteed to develop color and shape recognition skills before you know it.
For added comfortability, the seats are inserted with soft foam padding. If you’re worried about stains and mess, it will be the last thing you need to think about! The seats and padding are made from machine-washable materials so cleanup will be a breeze.
Supalo will be celebrating Baby Safety Week with huge discounts exclusively for this baby walker and other baby care products! This baby walker is already discounted all-year-round but from August 30 to September 3, we will be slashing off ridiculous discounts to provide love, care, and safety to the younger generation!