Independence doesn’t happen overnight, in fact, we are still now learning to be independent with new things. Early Independence should be encouraged in children from a young age – as soon as they are showing signs they can attempt to do things by themselves, let them!
Our Snug children, aged 3 – 20 months are starting to test their physical independence.
Some are crawling alone, others are pulling themselves up and some of our older ones are walking! So let’s stroll into this blog and see just how we can help them take a step further!
We’ve been making the most of the summer sunshine! The Snug have been practising their physical independence by testing their motor skills. With a lot of encouragement and praise, they climbed onto the frame, pulled themselves up and slid down the slide! They’ve pushed themselves on bikes and even helped to tidy up after their play.
The one desired motor skill that all parents lust after? Learning to walk!
Children tend to start walking from the ages of 12-15 months but the journey of mastering these tough motor skills will be different for every child, so be patient! There are different stages such as crawling, pulling up, scooting on their bums and cruising with an object to assist. At Acorns Day Nursery in Exeter, we are consistently encouraging our younger children to walk independently with help of a hand, a crate, constant encouragement and special challenges for those who need it most.
Tips at Home
Independence can be encouraged in many ways such as letting children make their own choices, always encouraging a “can do” attitude, encouragement of challenges and constant praise. If you want to encourage your baby to start walking, here are some ways to do so!
- Focus on mastering the crawling, pulling up, scooting and cruising stages. Get a walker to help their cruising progress.
- Always encourage them to stand up, even if they are holding something for balance. For example, our new Snug tuff tray is chest level for the children, making sure they have to stand up to play with it.
- Put their toys on units so they have to grab them before they sit down to play.
- Practice, Practice, PRACTICE! Even use a tempting trail of raisins for eg for your child to take steps towards.
- Stand behind your child when they walk for support.
- Hold their hand!
- Create challenges and offer praise always.