First steps: exercises for children to learn to walk

The development of the autonomous march It's going to take a long time of stimulation just when babies are about to celebrate their first birthday. Around twelve months, in some cases before and in others afterwards, the babies take off from the ground, they want to stand up and learn to walk. But to walk like an adult, babies need to have their muscles prepared, especially in children with muscle tone problems, and have developed enough dexterity to maintain balance.

Exercise the muscles to learn to walk

In addition to strengthening the march, the exercises for learn to walk they will improve the autonomous march of the first steps and they will tone the muscles to be able to start the balancing tasks such as walking on narrow surfaces, staying on one foot, etc ... which are fundamental for further development.


It's time to start climbing up and down stairs and also ride a tricycle. The ball acquires great importance at this time and besides having fun, trains the child to achieve better coordination with hands and feet. Between 12 months, when they give their first steps, and the 2 years, it is very noticeable the great advance that all babies have given when they learn to walk. The two-year-old boy runs, plays ball, rides a tricycle and is already a little boy who starts to leave behind the baby he was.

Easy stimulation for parents

Specifically, the objective pursued to stimulate the child's motor abilities is to get the movement to take the first steps from the positions in which it can be: prone, sitting and standing.


These exercises that are proposed are stimulation activities, very easy for parents to do because they take advantage of the circumstances in which the child finds himself in everyday life: climbing stairs, riding a tricycle, or playing with the ball. The ability to enrich these activities with similar ones will be borne by the parents and serve to initiate the baby in its first steps.

Exercises to stimulate the baby's first steps



Marisol Nuevo Espín
Advice: Sonia Rivas. PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Navarra.

Video: Teach Your Baby To Walk--Stage By Stage


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