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Learning to Walk

18th October 2009
Assalamu Alaykum

It's been a very long time since I last posted an entry on this blog. I realize how busy a toddler can keep it's mother and how much attention a toddler requires. The only time you can take your eyes and mind off a toddler is when they're asleep.


Walking is a huge step towards independence for children. From crawling to standing to walking with support to walking independently to running.
As a parent myself, I understand how concerned parents may become if their toddler has not began walking whilst other children of similar age have. It doesn't help when adults compare little children and put it down to the lack of effort from the parents as that may not always be the case.
Most babies take their first steps sometime between 9 and 12 months and are walking well by the time they're 14 or 15 months old. Don't worry if your child takes a little longer, though many perfectly normal children don't walk until they are 16 - 17 months old.

If your child learnt to roll over and crawl late then chances are that they will also learn to walk late. You can try encouraging your child to walk by standing in front of them and holding out your hands or a toy and encouraging them to step towards it.

Baby walkers were and still are, to some extent, a rather common baby product in every household that have children. However, experts believe that many injuries and accidents are caused by a baby walker compared to any other form of baby product which is why they are not recommended to help babies walk. They say that walkers do not help your baby learn to walk and in fact, using one too much may even delay their development slightly. A baby needs to roll, crawl, sit and to play on the floor, in order to reach their developmental milestones.

This type of toy is also referred to as a baby walker:

My baby enjoyed to play with something similar to this and walk with and still plays with it even at the age of almost 2. Although we disabled all the musical buttons it did not stop her from liking and enjoying to play with the toy. There is an issue with all quality baby products that are available on the market as majority seem to have music playing in them. Whether it's a bouncer, rocker, walker, swing or toys. But it is up to us to bother in finding ways to stop the music in the toys from playing.
Because music is music. Whether it's a nursery rhyme or a song released by a pop group. The rule of it being Haraam is the same.

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