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).