Finally walking!! BUT... I have a question.

Robyn - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies,

So my daughter is just about 16 months (15th) and she went through the phase of crawling /walking and is now 90% walking! Woo hoo! Now the real fun starts!! haha My question for you all is..... since she is still falling a bit and landing on her knees and hands most of the time.. when do I take her outside to walk? Like in the drive way for example. I don't want her to get all scratched up. Or do I keep it inside until she is 100% walking? How does this milestone work in order for her to master it properly?? Thanks in advance.

R~

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Sheila - posted on 06/10/2011

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Hi Robyn - well done on your little one being up and away - wooohoo.
My 16 month old, has been taking 5 or 6 steps for a while, but it wasn't until last week that she finally 'found her feet', and being on her feet is now her preferred method of movement, rather than crawling or shuffling. I was soo excited, I rushed her to buy her her first pair of walking shoes... but I was advised that little ones are best being left in their cruising shoes for 4 - 6 weeks - when they are a lot steadier on their feet. With this in mind, I either hold my daughters hand while we're outside, or, put her in a pair of reins - that way she gets the independence she wants, but it also gives me a safety aid to minimise scrapes on the pavements outside.
Well done gorgeous little ones xxx

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Robyn - posted on 06/13/2011

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Wow! Thanks ladies for all your very helpful advice. Now I am really wishing I had a Clarke's here! haha I have only bought her shoes at Wal-mart so far and they don't list what stage the shoes are for just the foot size. I will have to try and see if there is a childrens shoe store around me, that can fit her foot properly and get a pair that will support her, and give her a great first start as a new walker. You have both been very kind and encouraging. Thanks again. R~ (Canada :-)

Celeste-sa - posted on 06/13/2011

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Hi Robyn!

Ah congrats, its such an amazing time!

Honestly, I would take her outside now, but just keep her away from more 'hazardous' areas for a bit longer (like little slopes on sidewalks that are covered in pebbles etc- experienced here-lol) or help her along if she needs it, until she is a wee bit more steady.



My little girl- also 16 months on the 15th :) was outside everyday when she started walking (about 14 months), as I felt the more practise she could get on different surfaces, such as grass (bit more wobbly) and paving etc, the better for her. I do believe it helped, as she is now very steady on these different surfaces, but of course still falls over sometimes. When she falls on harder surfaces, I just say' oh dear! up you get!' and I smile, and almost all of the time she hasnt hurt herself at all and hops right back up again. As long as your Lo has a pair of good shoes, she will be well on her way. I agree with Sheila ( Im also in the UK- love Clarks!) keep your LO in cruisers for a bit longer. They are a bit more flexible in the toe area, and allow your little one to 'feel' more with her feet while she is learning. Once she is more confident and steady, go onto walking shoes which offer a bit more support all around the foot. I found that when my LO did fall over in the beginning, she was able to stand up herself alot easier in the softer shoes. On days when it was a bit warmer, I would have her outside barefoot on the grass so she could feel alot more too.

Just encourage her, and if she really isnt comfortable on a particular surface, dont worry, just try her on their again in a few days, and stick to other areas while she pro's up a bit more.



Its great fun, enjoy it! :)

Sheila - posted on 06/13/2011

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Hi Robyn
Thanks for the kind comments about Hannah - I think she's the prettiest thing on two legs, but then again I'm very biased hahaha - thats a fab photo of your gorgeous girl too.
We are pretty spoilt here in the UK we have a fab chain of shops (Clark's) who measure and fit childrens shoes...if you get a minute, why not google them for ideas of whats available. Cruisers are essentially for little ones who are still holding onto everything and taking less than 10 steps. The soles of the shoes are thinner so although little ones' feet get support, toddlers can also feel the ground beneath their feet - helping them get their balance. Whereas walking shoes have a much studier sole and provides more support as little ones are on their feet more, and walking more independently.

Reins - well, how can I describe them - it's essentially a harness which fits much like a bra, you put the little ones arms through the arm straps but the front of it is padded, and you hold onto the 'lead' at the back; that way, if toddler trips or stumbles you can take the weight and little one doesn't hit the pavement....I'm sure you'll have something similar in USA/Canada - but call it something else. I howl with laughter at my Aunt who always rummages in her luggage for her fanny pack!!!

Robyn - posted on 06/10/2011

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Thanks Sheila! Your daughter is beautiful!! Now I guess I don't know the difference between walking shoes, and cruisers!? I have bought a couple pair of shoes for her but not too sure what the would fall under. One pair has a strap across the top, another is sandals, and the other are white booties. Another thing is... what are reins? Do you just mean like a pair of pants? Sorry.. never heard of that word before. hehe The other problem with that is our weather here in Ontario is brutally humid and will be for the next 3 months....so pants would be too hot. However... I will keep holding her hands like suggested until she is 100% comfortable. Thanks again for all your great advice. R~

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