By Jill Caryl Weiner
Holding your breath waiting for your baby to walk? Each baby approaches this incredible milestone in his own good time. Some wait to take those first steps until they’re totally sure they won’t fall on their butts and make fools of themselves; others launch themselves into toddlerhood as soon as they can stand.
Before your baby starts walking, she needs to develop the same dynamic combination of skills as an Olympic gymnast: adequate balance, trunk control, hip stability, leg strength, confidence and the ability to plan and carry out a sequence of actions – it’s a pretty amazing combination of skills.
Physical therapist Robin Bump, a cofounder of Making Milestones, suggests these five games to help build the muscles and skills your baby needs for walking. Plus, they’ll be fun for both of you!