Your baby this week
Some babies at this stage can walk, or toddle already, but most will be bearing weight on their legs, cruising pretty quickly from the sofa to the coffee table and can probably tackle obstacles like climbing over cushions, using walls to help them walk and clambering over anyone’s stretched out legs! You may need to invest in stair gates for the top and bottom of the stairs and try to get into the habit of closing the kitchen or bathroom door so your child can roam safely where he likes. The more room he has to get about, the quicker he will eventually walk. Learning to walk is one of the key milestones in your baby’s life, as well as an exciting time for eager parents watching their child take his first tentative steps. It is also the start of seeing your baby turning into a toddler, gaining independence and becoming his own little person.
It is important to remember that before he can walk, he will probably have mastered how to sit, roll over, crawl and pull-up on furniture. Most babies take their first steps between nine and thirteen months, but if your baby hasn’t walked by 16-17 months, don’t panic. All babies are different and when your little one walks depends on a variety of factors. Genetics play a part, so find out what age you and your partner first walked. Your baby’s weight and build also factor in, as plump, docile babies will probably walk later than their slender friends. If your baby was an early crawler and is proficient on all fours, he may not take to walking as quickly as a baby who crawls occasionally or not at all. It also depends on your baby’s temperament; is he happy enough sitting and playing with his toys on his own, or is he eager to discover new cupboards and doors to hide in? If he is the latter, he may walk early in his eagerness to explore the world. Investing in a baby walker can help your little one to walk and give him extra confidence, look at our Gurgle Mums Love section to see tried and tested baby products.
You this week
If you're planning to return to work and you’ve had a year off, going back to work will be looming very soon. If you haven’t started looking for a childminder, nanny or nursery place - do it soon. Word of mouth is usually a good start, so talk to other mums in your area. Nanny shares are great as long as you and the parents you are sharing with have the same ideas about how you bring up your children.