One Small Step For Baby, One Giant Leap For Mom And Dad
When your baby is first learning to walk, there are can be tumbles, tears, and even boo-boos. UpSpring’s Walking Wings learning to walk assistant helps your baby balance naturally with his hands free. He’ll take fewer tumbles, which will help to build his confidence (and yours, too!) as he takes those first steps.
Walking Wings soft, padded support vest securely fastens around baby’s chest. Straps in front and back of the vest provide stability. The straps adjust easily to your reach so you can stand upright and take the strain off your back. (Whew!) And because you’ve got better things to do than take the entire assembly on and off all day long, the straps detach from the vest easily.
Why UpSpring Walking Wings?
- Pediatrician-recommended for babies learning to walk (6+ months)
- Reduces the number and severity of falls
- Builds baby’s confidence and stability
- Gives baby a sense of control and freedom
- Reduces back strain for parents
- 100% cotton, machine washable, and dryer safe
- Available in gray, blue, and pink
The Walking Wings vest fits a chest circumference of 19 – 26” (48-66 cm). Do not use if child’s chest circumference is less than 19” or more than 26”.
How To Use Walking Wings
Your baby should be doing three things in order to use Walking Wings. She should have good balance, she should be able to bear weight unassisted, and she should be clearly interested in trying to walk.
Walking Wings snap on easily and you and your baby are good to go. Fasten the safety buckle on the back of the Walking Wings vest and tighten the strap as snugly as possible for proper support. The vest should fit tightly so it does not easily ride up on your child. (Plus, if it rides up it will ruin the look of her cute outfit.) Always use the safety buckle – never depend on the hook and loop only to support your child.
After fastening the vest, hold the handle straps securely while allowing your child to balance and confidently practice walking. (It’s a confidence exercise for you, too, mom. We know you’ll do just fine.) Letting babies be hands-free, as Walking Wings does, helps improve their balance and stability. Parents should always hold the handles with two hands.
Although your baby may be eager to walk, each baby is different; using Walking Wings may take some practice. You may need to try a few times before baby is comfortable. (You may need longer to come to terms with the fact that life as you know it is about to be utterly changed forever.)
Learning To Walk Ain’t No Cakewalk
Before your baby can walk, she needs to have good balance and be able to bear her own weight, unassisted. She’ll need lots of practice – about 1,000 hours before she is a skilled walker.
Research shows that little ones who are learning to walk fall an average of 17 times per hour. That’s just an average, though – a very new walker may fall four times as often. In that hour, an active toddler can take over 2,000 steps and travel the length of over 7 football fields. (Quick! If you haven’t yet done so, lock up the cookies, permanent markers, and any other controlled substances in your home.)
When you hold your child’s hand to help her walk, you can disturb her natural sense of balance. This can throw off her gait. The inadvertent traction on your baby’s arm can also cause a painful but non-life threatening injury: nursemaid’s elbow. (Go easy on yourself, mom. It’s a very common injury. In fact, it’s the most common orthopedic injury in children under the age of 2.)
Reaching down to hold your child’s hand as she learns to walk can do you an injury, too. All that hunching over can lead to an aching back!
Walking Wings supports your child while keeping her arms and hands free. This means she uses them naturally for balance as she walks. It also means you can stand up naturally and still help her to walk. Win-win for your little walker and her walking buddy (that’s you, mom).
How will I know when my baby is ready to walk?
We've put together some signs and clues that your baby is ready to walk. Click here to learn more.
When is it appropriate to begin using Walking Wings with my baby?
Walking Wings is recommended during the two stages that progress as baby starts to balance and becomes more stable on his feet.
- Stage 1: 6 to 8 months. Baby starts pulling up. Baby is learning to balance hands free. Baby is grabbing onto objects for support. (This stage is also known as “Don’t leave stuff on the coffee table.”)
- Stage 2: 8+ months. Balance and stability is improving. Baby is showing a desire to walk and explore. (This stage is sometimes called “Let’s find mom’s purse and dump it out.”)
How do I know if the Walking Wings vest will fit my child?
The Walking Wings vest fits a chest circumference of 19 – 26” (48-66 cm). Do not use if child’s chest circumference isles than 19” or more than 26”.
How do I use Walking Wings?
After fastening Walking Wings on your baby, hold the handle straps securely while allowing your child to balance and move freely. Always hold the Walking Wings handles with two hands. Never support baby with one handle strap or one hand only. (You don’t want your child to walk lopsided, do you?)
What is the fabric content of Walking Wings?
It’s 100% cotton, and is machine washable and dryer safe.