A mom’s moment of pride is when baby begins to walk. Every mom wants to see her little bundle of joy walk or even run around the house or in the park. Of course, this is a developmental stage and one has to be patient enough not to push the baby too much. My daughter learned to walk when she was 14 months. Yes, she is a lazy one! She wasn’t really interested in walking longer distances, so I had to find some cool tricks to encourage her.
As a parent, you have an important role to play in enhancing growth and development of your child. Here you will find some useful tips on how to encourage your toddler to walk longer distances.
How to Encourage a Toddler to Walk Longer Distances
Make Walking Fun
You should find ways of making your baby have fun when walking longer distances. One way of doing so is by finding an environment that is exciting for the baby. A park, for example, will stimulate your child to explore around and thereby make him or her walk longer distances. You should take your child to some unknown places, so don’t go to the same park every day. Change the scenery and your baby will be excited to explore around.
Introduce Small Challenges
If your child is old enough to recognize a challenge you can easily set milestones which he or she has to walk. Of course, having a reward for completed challenges will be a terrific motivator. Adults are performing better when they have some interesting challenges, so it’s the same thing with the kids too.
Take Your Baby out for Nature Walks
Nature trails have a way of inspiring babies to walk long distances. As they walk around picking things, playing, having fun and seeing new sights, they forget to get tired. If the trails you walk are fascinating enough, your child will actually look forward to the walk. And of course, being outside in nature will do you both some good.
Play Tricks on Your Baby
One mom on Quora had an interesting trick to make her daughter keep walking. When the girl said she was tired, the mom would suggest that they run instead. Amazingly the baby always fell for it. Don’t feel stupid for using tricks, relax and have some fun.
Understand Your Child
Sometimes when a baby says she is tired she might in the real sense be bored. At other times, the child may say she is not tired while she is actually very much exhausted. Every mom knows her baby best. If your baby is having trouble walking you just have to find best ways and tricks that make him or her love walking. Every person is unique, so just trust your instinct and do what you think it’s best for your baby.
Do you have some cool tricks to encourage your kid to walk long distances? Share them in the comments!