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First, he stands up on his own, clings to move forward, then he lets go a few seconds ... What an adventure! Then he will perfect his balance, and finally walk like a big one then run. Let's follow it age by age in these big steps.
11-12 months: standing alone!
- Leaning on a piece of furniture or clinging to the bars of his park, your child stands up alone! He is ten seconds, pleased to discover his new verticality and so proud that you congratulate him. He can even drop an arm. He had the idea of unfolding his knees, but that of folding them does not necessarily come to mind. He may call you for help or fall back on his buttocks.
- During this period, you do not need to over-stimulate him or force his hand. Your child needs to go at his own pace and trust him to learn how to walk. The variety of positions he adopts and repeats to infinity is already a beautiful feat! This helps to increase the sensations of movement, to train the vestibular system that manages the balance and to consolidate its assets and muscles. The walk is near ...
13 months: soon without hands
- To stand up, your child needs his muscles to be strong enough to support his weight, but also to control his balance. As soon as a part of his body moves away from the center of gravity, the receptors in the joints and muscles send back information to the brain: the latter then commands the muscles to maintain the position, which is what calls "equilibration reactions".
- If your toddler is moving around the furniture, offer him a walking cart, he will cling to move forward while pushing his multicolored gear. His trips back and forth in the house allow his memory to print the repetitive motion, soliciting the motor-motive zone of his cerebral hemispheres contributing to the mechanism of the march. If he does not let go yet, patience, it should not be long.
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