The baby's first birthday is approaching. It's amazing how much the baby has learned, grown and developed, and you continue to be the central pillar of this progress. You are the hand that helps the baby stand up, move forward and gain confidence in his first steps. You are the hand that guides him in this extraordinary adventure.
In this stage, your baby will probably take his first steps, and they may be on his toes, with arched legs, or stumbling forward. It is a highly anticipated event that requires patience. Let the baby move ahead at his own pace, without pushing him to go faster than what he can handle. However, you can encourage him to reach new milestones, without fear.
You can also stimulate the baby with fun activities or games he enjoys. The idea is to encourage crawling and to guide the baby as he learns. Ultimately, the baby decides when he is ready to take this big step. Just in case, begin protecting corners, cords, doors and sockets, and be careful with stairs!
Below are a few ideas for games and activities: