There are so many miraculous firsts when it comes to babies. Watching your baby roll over for the first time can feel like he or she aced a triple axel at the Olympics. Seeing them use their pincer grasp to grab a Cheerio is cause for wild cheering. Yet, when a baby hasn't accomplished a certain major milestone, like walking, is a different kind of freak-out warranted? If your baby isn't toddling when they're technically supposed to be a 'toddler', what should you do? And perhaps more importantly, what should you never do to get your baby to walk?
Walking is one of those phenomenons that tends to go slowly, slowly, then all at once. I remember my daughter creeping around furniture, gradually building strength and balance, and then one day she was off. Granted she only made it a few feet before tumbling to the floor like a drunken sailor, but that maiden voyage had given her the confidence to keep toddling further. It was clear that she was ready. And that's the number one thing you need to look for in your child when it comes to encouraging them to walk, explains Dr. Richard A. Honaker, MD in an interview with Romper.
But what if your baby isn't showing any signs of readiness, or alternately, what if they seem totally ready and are just sort of stalled? Dr. Honaker, the Senior Medical Advisor for yourdoctors.online, and Dr. Jarret Patton, pediatrician and children's health advocate, weigh in on what you should and shouldn't do to get your kid to walk. Here are the top seven don'ts.