The first steps of the baby
Find out what stimulation exercises are for the baby's first steps. First, you must hold your baby from the armpits, then from the hands ... and so little by little you will see your baby stand up. After reaching verticality, your baby will take its first steps until it begins to walk with balance held only by a finger of your hand.
Each of the movements that make up something as simple as taking a step or climbing a few steps entails great complexity for babies. The baby's first steps are a very special moment for families and nobody wants to miss them. There are a series of stimulation exercises that we can put in place to help the baby take his first steps.
During the first year of life, the baby's motor area will evolve to allow our little one to walk. The first steps of the baby without help are the fruit of a maturational evolution in different stages. First you will go from a state of total prostration, then you will get to crawl, then maintain an erect posture; and, finally, develop the strength and coordination to walk, run, jump ...
Stimulation exercises for the baby's first steps
1. From the armpits
The baby has not yet learned to support his weight on his feet, but we can begin to teach him. For them, we will lift them from the armpits above the ground. Afterwards, we will lower it until your feet touch the table or the carpet. It is a first contact of your feet with the ground.
When you have more strength, we can take him by the hips and encourage him to walk, while we exercise a slight swinging motion so that he can take little steps.
2. From the hands
Once the previous exercises are done, our baby will already show its progress. Now we will hold him by the hands and we will advance them correlatively so that he takes steps. We will have to do strength because he alone can not bear the weight.
As you master the exercise, you let go of one hand and we lower the other so that you lose support.
3. I'm standing!
We will place the child standing, leaning on a piece of furniture (a chair, for example), supporting his weight for as long as he can resist without getting tired. At first we will see him wobble and be insecure, and we will even have to hold him. Little by little he will learn to stand.
We will increase the support time according to the child's possibilities, but without ever forcing him.
A good idea to help you learn your first steps are the riders with handles. We can, perhaps, advance the gift of this toy to use it at this stage. Leaning on the handles will feel safer while walking.
We must check that the wheelchair can not tip backwards if the child pulls it. They usually have some stops.
5. Like a chick
Our son looks like a chick about to leave the nest for his first flight. He already walks alone once in a while and stands up on his own. Now, while one of the parents holds the child by the hips, the other is placed at a distance and encourages him to walk there. Little by little we will increase the distance that has to travel.
It will be necessary to follow closely its route, it is not going to be that it falls or stumbles.
Beatriz Bengoechea. Psychologist and family counselor
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