How to Encourage Your Baby to Walk: 6 Effective Ways

How to Encourage Your Baby to Walk: 6 Effective Ways

Get her squeaky shoes.

There are lots of squeaky baby shoes in Malaysia you can buy for your little one. Of course, one of the best ways to encourage your child to walk is to make walking fun. Since babies are always curious, they would try to figure out that each step produces a noise that come from their feet. For them, that can be an amazing discovery. 

Play tug-of-war.

You can get all the baby toys in the world, but nothing would beat simple tug of war game. Lead your baby around your home by holding onto a rope. You can also let her tug while you sit in one place. This is an exciting way to get her on her feet. 

Offer rewards.

Holding a treat or any interesting object is a great way to get good results. Babies love their parents, so anything from them is enough to encourage her to run into your arms. This is an amazing baby milestone you wouldn’t want to miss. 

Hold her hands.

This is a common trick that you can use to help your child practice putting weight on the feet. Try walking behind while holding her hands. Just make sure to give enough support, but don’t strain her shoulders and elbows too much.

Take dance classes.

This is also the perfect time for your little one to get appropriate baby exercises. You can also get yourself a new fitness routine. Through this healthy exercise session, you can encourage your baby to groove, shake or wiggle. Walking is all about movement and balance. Allow your child to explore every little thing her body can do. 

Swim with your baby.

If you have access to a swimming pool, encourage your baby to swim. That way, she can use her legs in new ways, and help condition and strengthen her muscles. Teach her to kick her legs. Resistance from the water is a great exercise, and at the same time not too strenuous.

Why Breastfeeding is Hard

Why Breastfeeding is Hard

Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said that breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things that you can do for them. It has been known that breastfeeding provides a lot of health benefits, including giving your baby the right nutrients they need for optimal growth, as well as a decreased risk of certain cancers for their mothers.

That is precisely the reason why a lot of mothers (4 out of 5, to be exact) are breastfeeding their babies until the first six months. However, the number of mothers who are nursing their babies up to one year has declined dramatically over the years.

The reason why they’re ditching traditional breastfeeding in favor of using baby milk bottles is the fact that breastfeeding is actually quite painful. In today’s article, I will shine some light on this issue, mainly because I feel that no one really talks about it.

Why the Sudden Drop?

The number of new mothers who breastfeed their babies after six months has dropped considerably over the years. What could be the reason for such? Well, I happen to have some possible reasons.

Although doctors agree that breastfeeding is always best for babies up to two years, the actual feeding part is hard to do. Sure, skin-to-skin contact may improve the baby-and-mother bonding, but the nipple and breast pain associated with the activity may be unbearable for most mothers.

In addition, some advocates actually question the validity of such statements, saying that breastmilk alone may not provide all of the nutrients a baby needs when they grow up. Solely giving them breastmilk without giving them the proper nutrients found in solid foods may hamper their growth potential.

If anything, nonprofit organizations advocate that although breastmilk can still be fed to babies up to two years of age, it should be supplemented with other nutrient sources; even if it means that they will have to try formula milk for that to happen.

Signs You Need to Be Aware Of

There are certain signs that would tell you that your baby might not be getting enough breastmilk while you are nursing them. If they exhibit any of these, then you may need to consult with their pediatrician:

  • When Your Baby is Too Sleepy to Eat- It is important to note that babies, by their very nature, may sleep a lot as it is part of their growing process. However, if they typically sleep a lot during breastfeeding time (and they do this often), it might be caused by something which is why it is best that you contact their doctor immediately
  • ‘Flutter Sucking’- Your baby needs to latch on your chest so that they are able to suck the milk out of your breasts. That being said, if they only suck on your breast without swallowing it all, then they’re probably not latching on to your properly. If that is the case, you may want to hire a lactation expert to help guide you through the entire process.
  • Baby is Still Hungry After Feeding- After feeding, your baby should be happy and content (with smiles and all). However, if they are frantic and unsettled, it may be a sign that they’ve not been fed properly. You may either increase their milk (or solids if they are eating already) but if you feel that they’ve eaten a lot and still exhibit such behavior, consult their pediatrician immediately.