4 Tips to Prevent Bumps and Bruises as Baby Learns to Walk

Learning to walk is a major milestone in baby’s life. There’s a wide range of normal when it comes to when a baby will take their first steps. Most babies are usually on the go by the time they’re 15 months old. In the months leading up to their first steps, and the months after when they’re busy mastering the art of walking, your baby is probably going to take more than a few tumbles. 

While it can be tough for parents to see baby fall down it’s absolutely necessary in order for them to learn to stay upright. Parents can’t prevent baby from falling altogether. But they can take measures to ensure that baby doesn’t end up with bumps and bruises as they wobble their way to independence. Check out the tips below to learn how to minimize bumps and bruises as your baby learns to walk. 

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Baby proof 

As soon as your baby begins to walk (and often sooner) they begin to explore all the things they couldn’t reach before. When your baby starts to pull themselves upright, take an afternoon to reexamine your home for potential hazards like loose bookcases (anchor them!) or open staircases (gate them!).

Remove obstacles 

As you baby proof, consider removing any obstacles that might cause serious harm. This can include a coffee table with sharp corners or a bookcase with a protruding shelf. If you can’t remove potential obstacles, try adding soft foam or baby buffers along the sharp edges. 

Create a safe space 

While baby proofing the whole home is ideal, consider creating one space that is 100% safe for baby to roam. This could be in the living room or play room, wherever is convenient. To gain confidence and become skilled at walking, babies need room to practice. Let them make their way around your “safe room” without intervention and watch their coordination improve! 

Let them be barefoot 

Babies walk best when they are barefoot. While they may need shoes in public, consider making it a policy to remove them as soon as you get home. Shoes can interfere with baby’s natural balance, making it hard for them to stay upright. And socks can lead to slips and bumps on smooth surfaced floors. 

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Enjoy your little walker!

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4 Tips to Prevent Bumps and Bruises as Baby Learns to Walk

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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