Once your little has mastered the art of walking, she will find herself walking whenever she gets the chance! This is a big step towards independence, and you will sure notice a difference in your life. She’ll soon be up for anything and everything!
In a few months, she will be asking to do everything by herself. At this point, she is not only developing her physical skills, she is also improving in many other ways, and walking is a great tool for learning. It’s an excellent time to provide her with opportunities to explore, ask questions, and use her imagination. This stage will open up a great array of new activities you can do together.
What are the benefits of walking?
- It will help her develop her curiosity even further. At the beginning, she had to wonder from a static position. When she crawled, she was limited to the floor level, but now she can go anywhere and enjoy the view from the top! Your little one will become even more curious, since now she can move to new places and watch everything from a different perspective. Many things will be new to her, take advantage of this and explore together.
- It will directly impact on her independence and self-confidence. Much of her precursor skills will developed before she has the strength and coordination to walk. She might be crawling up the stairs, reaching for objects, and becoming more and more strong every day. This helps her be more independent; she can go wherever she likes by herself now. You might see her even want to climb off from the car seat or pick up her toys. She might not like for you to carry her as much anymore. All these new skills will be fostering not only her physical skills, but her socioemotional development as well.
- She will now be able to do more physical activity. Around this stage it is recommended for her to get at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity daily. You can try playing on the playground or going for a walk. Besides this, she can also enjoy having at least one hour of unstructured free play each day where she can explore further.
- As her gross motor skills develop, she will start to use her hands more often. At first, to hold and manipulate objects while walking, which also helps her to keep her balance. But later on, she will use her hands to open up doors or even to hold pencils. It is also a great time to offer her toys like building blocks.
As time goes by, she will practice walking and her strength and confidence will increase. She will soon become so much steadier on her feet, marking the way for the greatness that comes next.
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