Week Fifty Two
While it's lovely to think that you may celebrate your baby's first birthday with him toddling around on his feet, most babies don't walk on their own until 13 months - but by this age, he'll probably be so close to walking you might as well claim it! After endlessly cruising around the furniture and walking while holding onto your hands, he'll begin letting go to stand alone for a second or two. From there he will take a couple of tentative solo steps - this often so surprises him (and you!) that he quickly falls down. But once done, he'll try it again and again, even if he waits a couple of days before attempting his new trick again.
No matter how much encouragement you give him, your baby will walk when he's ready and not a minute before - try not to be in too much of a hurry to get him up and walking, after all, a ten-month-old early walker may have the physical skills needed to get up on his feet but he'll still have the common-sense of a ten-month-old (not a lot!) and this will lead to an extra layer of bumps and scrapes.
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With your baby walking (or just about!), comes the really big questions… what shoes should she wear and when should she start wearing them? Your baby's feet shouldn't be restricted by firm-soled shoes for at least the first six weeks getting mobile - she needs this time to really feel the ground with her feet to become a confident walker. You'll also find that once you put proper shoes on her feet, she may start walking like she's been strapped into little blocks of concrete - cute but not all that helpful! Instead, either leave her feet completely bare or continue using grip-y socks or soft-soled shoes (they are like mittens for feet) until she is confidently walking.
Yes, he's barely a year old but for some babies, they celebrate this milestone with their very first tantrum. While tantrums are usually something to look forward to in the second and third years of life (!), your one year old is more than capable of turning on one of his own. The good news is that baby tantrums are usually over in a split second and distraction is the most effective way to deal with them. Also good news is that many children who tantrum when young seem to get them out of their system long before their peers really get into the swing of tanty-throwing. Your reward for having a one-year old having hissy fits all over town may be that you have a totally calm and civilised three year-old on your hands. Good luck with that!
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