How To Use Walking Wings Baby Walking Assistant
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.)
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