Starting to walk is a great time for babies!

Starting to walk is a great time for babies. Now they can appreciate the whole world from another perspective.

Babies go through a whole psycho-motor process before starting to walk.

The control of the head around the third month is the starting point towards the development of balance. At six months, babies already hold the head well and form a head-neck unit in a block, which allows them, along with the visual path, to maintain posture and balance also at this time babies start to sit alone.

At nine months babies start to crawl.

Between eleven and twelve months babies stand up with help and between twelve and fourteen months they walk on their own.

All babies are not the same. Some babies acquire certain patterns sooner or later, some babies do not crawl and start walking.

The normal march covers a period that goes from nine to eighteen months. Therefore, do not despair because the anxiety of parents can delay the acquisition of development patterns.

On many occasions there is a family history, if the parents or siblings have been very slow or fast, we can expect this tendency to be repeated.

From birth to the second year of life, it is normal for children to have arched legs. At this age it is not expected to find an internal arch of the foot, it is usual the presence of abundant subcutaneous cellular tissue in its replacement, it is not a flat foot but immature.

The ability to walk alone also represents the possibility of separating from the mother by a few meters. It is an important achievement! Now the child can choose where to go, what toy to take, where to investigate.

The child is able to acquire more autonomy, but this also could scare them.

At times children can become more demanding during the day, or at night, they can  wake up more times with fears. This situation is temporary and as the child walks more and feels secure the demands will yield.

Footwear for children who start to wander must be soft, and should adhere properly to the floor.

Do not forget that in case of any doubt you should consult a pediatrician.