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When do babies start walking

When do Babies Start Walking?

Some babies are able to walk alone from around 10 months and others don’t start walking until they are around 15-16 months. If your baby starts walking within this age range then that is perfectly normal; the average age babies start walking is just over 12 months. The developmental progress your baby has to make to reach this great achievement of walking is absolutely fascinating and it begins in the womb.

The starting point

Whilst your baby is in the womb, she will – believe it or not, start to mimic the motion of walking. When real time ultra-sound imaging was introduced in the 1980’s, medical professionals noticed that at around 7-8 weeks post conception, human fetuses started moving their legs spontaneously in what looked like the motion and movement our legs make when walking. Very soon after your baby is born and long before she is able to walk, you will notice that she moves her legs in this very same alternating pattern that mimics the motion of walking – it is known as ‘cyclic alternating leg movements’. Your new born may do this when you hold her upright on the floor, on a table top or even in the air – this is what some call the ‘starting point’ of walking.

Your newborn baby loses the ability to do this at approximately 8 weeks of age but will continue to move her feet in this ‘cyclic alternating’ pattern whilst lying on the floor until she is about 12 months of age, the same

joint angles and muscle groups are used whether your newborn is moving her legs whilst being held upright or your older baby is moving her legs in this same way whilst lying down. The reason a new born baby can do this whilst in an upright position but not after around 8 weeks of age is due to your baby’s growth – she simply doesn’t have the strength to lift her much heavier legs anymore. Real walking involves flexibility and diversity, postural control, muscle strength and not to be forgotten – the motivation to want to go somewhere!

Your baby’s route to walking

Before your baby starts walking, she will most likely have rolled over, be able to sit up without support, will have started crawling, be able to pull herself up to a standing position, spent some time cruising along furniture and be able to stand alone. It is possible for you little one to skip certain aspects of development but still achieve the next one on time, or early. For example, she may not be able or want to crawl but decides she wants to walk instead.

When do babies start walking - baby standing poised to walk

Do all babies want to walk?

Walking is special and it is no co-incidence that walking is and always will be the ultimate end point in terms of a baby’s physical development. We have already noted that motivation is key to your baby wanting to be mobile. However, being mobile and walking are not exclusive to each other. Once your baby has the motivation to want to go somewhere, she will find a way to get there. This may involve stretching, rolling, pulling, hoisting, propelling, bum shuffling, crawling, cruising or all of the above. If your baby wants to get somewhere, she will find a way, and walking may not be at the forefront of her mind, no matter how much you try to encouragement this.

Confident walker searching a toy box

How can I encourage my baby to walk?

If you are trying to encourage a child with a disability to walk, we strongly recommend that you follow the guidelines and advice given by the specialist. If however you are interested in encouraging your child to walk and you have no reason to believe that he will have difficulties in doing so, the fact of the matter is, he will walk when he is good and ready. Obviously your baby’s surroundings and environment have an impact on when your baby will start walking and by allowing your baby to cruise you can encourage his interest in wanting to walk – once he is ready.

How will I know when my baby is ready to start walking?

Postural development is a bit of a roller coaster, your baby will quickly learn new things, forget other things and revert back to doing things she was doing 3 weeks ago and thus appear to have forgotten her new found skill. It is not easy to know why babies start walking at the age they do; it is a combination of changes in their brains and bodies and the many external factors they are influenced by. Without getting too bogged down by the technological and theoretical issues that determine when babies start walking, we can look at the visual clues to your baby’s development that will help you to determine when your baby is ready to start walking.

Standing with support in soft play environmentThe 5 steps to walking

There are many milestones your baby will reach before he starts walking. As discussed earlier, it is not essential to have reached these goals in order for your baby to achieve his ultimate aim – walking. We are therefore only looking at the steps (pun intended) usually needed to reach this most important milestone – walking.

  • Step 1 – Standing with support. (Average age 7 months) – Usually between 5-8 months. You will feel the strength in your baby’s legs whilst you hold her hands or hold her under her arms and help her to keep her balance. It isn’t unusual for a baby to want to hold both of your hands above her head, using you for support whilst she ‘walks’ around.
  • Step 2 – Pulling up to stand from a seated position. (Average age 8.5 months) – Usually at around 7-11 months. Your baby has just become a little more independent, he can see new things, reach new things and has a whole new perspective on his surroundings. When your baby firsts start doing this, you may want to be close by and try to minimise the risk of any slips and falls by baby proofing your house, particularly any glass furniture and exposed corners.
  • Step 3 – Cruising along furniture. (Average age 9.5 months) – Anytime between around 8-12 months. For some this will come soon after learning how to pull to standing position, for others it may take a little longer. It is a natural progression and not something you can rush. You can however encourage cruising by allowing your baby the freedom to explore areas in your house that are the perfect height (such as your sofa). You may find that your baby crawls towards such furniture in order to pull himself up and will eventually be attempting to pull himself up on anything and everything (tv cabinets, dining chairs, stair gates, toy boxes to name just a few). As your baby progresses further, you will notice that he is able to navigate gaps in furniture, can reach out for other objects without losing balance, is able to easily change direction and will eventually hold on to the furniture with one hand and turn around to face outwards – perhaps to give you a wave or to grab something else that he is interested in. Many parents think that by placing their babies in baby walkers, they are helping their baby’s muscles develop, this is not the case, a safe place to cruise is all your baby needs.
  • Step 4 – Standing alone (Average age 11.5 months) – Usually between 9 to 15 months. At first it will only be for a couple of seconds, it may be that you place him down on his two feet and he takes a small tumble onto his bottom after 2-3 seconds, or that he decides to let go of the furniture whilst cruising. Once your baby is able to stand alone, it really won’t be long until he is ready to start walking…
  • Step 5 – Walking alone (Average age 12 months) – Your baby will become a toddler (able to walk) between the age of 9 to 16 months. If you haven’t already, you must childproof your home. Your baby will have slips, trips and a quite a few falls. Whilst your toddler is still learning to walk, ensure he does so in a safe place where a fall won’t result in a serious injury. Once your baby takes his first steps, he is officially a toddler (although he will of course always be your baby!) and toddling is exactly what he will be doing; legs wide apart, steps hesitant and slightly clumsy and arms out to help him keep balance.

When does a ‘toddler’ turn into a walker? And what next?

Development continues with time, as does confidence. After 2-3 months of starting to walk your child may want to take on new and exciting challenges. Rather than just walking form A to B, she will learn to pick things up from a standing position, carry things around, pull a ‘pull-a-long’ toy and walk up stairs. After approximately a year to 18 months after taking her first few steps, your child will develop further and will be able to run and also jump from a standing position. This is an exciting time for your baby and even walking to the shops can be an amazing adventure. Allow your child the time to explore her environment and encourage her curiosity. Many parents choose to use baby reins to ensure their child doesn’t run off into the road, you know your child better than anyone so don’t let anyone elses opinion sway what you think is right for your child.

What if my child hasn’t started walking yet?

If your child is 15-16 months old and isn’t walking or is approaching this age and isn’t showing any signs of walking then we recommend you contact your GP or health visitor. When you talk to your GP, express your concerns, if you feel that they have not been answered or you are not comfortable with what you have heard, try to clarify this with your GP. If you still don’t feel satisfied with the answer you always have the option of a second opinion. Remember that a referral is not a diagnosis and the sooner a problem is diagnosed the easier it will be for you all.
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How to Store Breastmilk

There are strict guidelines on how to store breast milk as the amount of time it “keeps” for is dependant upon the temperature of the area in which it is being stored. Here are the guidelines:

How long can I store expressed breast milk?

  • Store at room temperature: must be used within 6 hours.
  • Store in a fridge: under 4 degrees celcius – lasts for 5 days. Between 5-10 degrees celcius(or if you are not sure) – lasts for 3 days.
  • Store in a freezer: Lasts for 6 months (must be -18 degrees celcius and have been frozen immediately after expressing).
  • Store in ice compartment of a fridge: Lasts up to two weeks.

You should bear in mind that a fridge that is in constant use will not remain at a steady temperature. It may be worth purchasing a fridge thermometer. These BPA free bags (bisphenol-A) for extra safety when feeding your baby are a great buy. Fantastic for storing your expressed milk for up to 24 hours in a fridge or up to 3 months in a freezer! The bags are pre-sterilised with an easy seal top and a section at the top to write the date, time and name using an ordinary ball point pen ensuring your milk is always stored safely and kept in date. Buy here.

How should I defrost frozen breast milk?

breast milk storage bags 25 packIdeally you should defrost the frozen breast milk in the fridge. Once it has defrosted you should use it immediately and never refreeze it. If you need to urgently defrost some frozen breast milk then you can run it under cool, then warm running water. If the milk smells sour, you should never use it.

How should I heat up expressed breast milk?

You could always try giving your baby expressed breast milk straight from the fridge, it would make things a lot more convenient. If she refuses it at this temperature, you can warm it a liitle by placing the bottle in a bowl of luke warm water, this should at least remove the chill. Never use the microwave to heat up or defrost your baby’s milk as this can cause hot spots that will burn your baby’s mouth.

And that is how to store breast milk.

Expressing Breast Milk

Expressing breast milk is something many breastfeeding mothers do as it allows others to feed your baby but ensures he/she is still getting all of the natural goodness of your breast. If you are thinking of expressing breast milk then you will have need these questions answered:

How can I express breast milk?

You can express your breast milk by either hand expressing, using a hand pump or using an electric pump. The best time to do this is in the morning when you will have plenty of milk. However, it is perfectly ok to express your breast milk at any time that is convenient to you such as whilst feeding (express the other side), immediatley after feeding your baby or even before a feed.

How should I feed my baby expressed breast milk?

Most parents feed their baby’s expressed breast milk in a bottle. You should always ensure that breastfeeding has been established before you do this (minimum 4 weeks of breastfeeding) as some babies can be put off breast feeding by being introduced to a bottle too early. Remember that all baby feeding equipment should be washed and sterilised before each use. This includes the bottles, teats and breast pump etc. Pre term or ill babies are often fed expressed breast milk from a plastic feeding syringe or special feeding cup.

What if my baby won’t take a bottle?

If you have trouble getting your baby to accept the bottle, you could always try letting someone else give it to her, try a different feeding position to the one you use when you are breastfeeding or if your baby is over 4 months old you could try giving her expressed breastmilk in a soft spouted beaker cup.

How to Stop Breastfeeding

How to stop Breastfeeding in a way that causes you minimal pain and discomfort and helps the transition from breast to bottle be as seamless as possible. Sound easy doesn’t it? If it were that easy to stop there would be no need to have this post dedicated to giving you all of the advice and information you need on how to stop Breastfeeding.

Your milk supply – an analogy

Firstly, and before you stop breastfeeding, it is important to have a basic understanding of how your breasts work – supply and demand. And this is why shouldn’t just stop! Imagine that you are the shop, your baby is the customer and your body’s natural production of milk is ‘the supplier’. All the time your customer is taking stock from your shop, your supplier is replacing it – immediately. This works well. The last thing you or the wholesaler want is for your very important customer (your baby) to turn up and you not have enough stock. This wholesaler is so keen for you to have a constant supply that it doesn’t even wait for you to order it, as soon as your stock starts depleting, your supplier is there ‘stacking the shelves’ once more. You couldn’t ask for much more, relations are good, your supplier is going above and beyond to ensure you have a very happy customer… Until one day, after much thought and discussion you decide you want to shut your business and that it is time to stop, your supplier is not pleased and will do everything possible to make you change your mind. This includes continuing to keep your shop well stocked. Your supplier has worked hard for you and business has been good. If you shut up shop your supplier will go bust. Surely you should show a bit more respect? The best thing to do is give a bit of notice. Don’t just lock up the doors and disappear, give your supplier a chance to accept that all good things come to an end, agree a notice period and a plan of action; this stops things from getting nasty. The last thing you want is to have more and more ‘stock’ delivered when you have nowhere left to keep it and nothing to do with it. That would be painful.

As well as keeping your supplier happy you also have to think of your customer, you have been open for business pretty much 24/7. It is going to take a lot of determination and strength to persuade your most cherished possession that your opening hours are changing and that soon you will be closing completely. Expect a lot tantrums, guilt trips and a refusal to try anything else. I have divided the stopping breastfeeding process into 3 easy to manage stages, preparing to stop breastfeeding, adapting and time to stop.

Step 1 – Preparing to stop breastfeeding

Nothing can prepare you physically for when you stop breastfeeding and that is why we have to take it slow, however, you can prepare yourself mentally and practically by ensuring you are organised, ready and have the necessary support in place.

  • Decide what milk you are going to start feeding your baby – there is no one formula milk that is best suited to Breastfed babies (despite what the adverts may say), if you have never bottle fed before then familiarise yourself with the process of preparing a bottle including how to sterilise.
  • Decide which feed you are going to drop first – Select a feed that will benefit you the most, this is most likely to be the feed before you go to bed (known as the dream feed), if your baby is older and also eating solid foods, you may find the afternoon feed is the easiest one to drop.
  • Put a date in your diary – Choose a date and stick to it. This is not the date you are going to completely stop but, the date you are going to drop your first feed. Choose a day that is around 7-10 days away, this gives you enough time to psyche yourself up for it. Ensure you have your partner or friends/family around you for the first few days as you may need someone else to give your baby the first few feeds
  • Choose the feeding method – if your baby is under 12 months you will probably want to offer bottles, if your baby is older than 12 months you may want to look at using sippy cups as this saves having to wean your baby off a bottle in the near future.
  • Offer a bottle/sippy cup before you plan on dropping a feed – Ideally your baby will already have accepted an alternative feeding method (perhaps you have occasionally given expressed milk in a bottle). Offering your baby a formula feed before you plan to drop a feed gives you an insight into how he could react and also gives your baby a chance to familiarise himself with a new feeding method. Do this for at least a week before you plan on dropping a feed. The best time to introduce a bottle to a breastfed baby is as soon as baby is ‘good’ at breastfeeding, this is usually at around 2-8 weeks.
  • Be ready and be determined – On the day before you are due to drop your first feed make sure you have everything ready, you should already know what time you are going to give your baby formula, how long it takes to prepare it and how long it takes to cool down to a suitable temperature. Your body will do everything it can to persuade you to change your mind.

Step 2 – Adapting: stop one breast feed at a time

It is important that once you stop, you and your baby have a chance to adapt. Taking it slow and making gradual changes allow you to adapt together and bond in different ways over a number of weeks. If you completely stop breastfeeding your baby you run the risk of engorgement. Your baby will not be best pleased either- particularly if he is an established breast feeder.

  • Drop the first feed – Drop the feed you planned to drop at the time you planned to drop it. You can try feeding your baby but should have someone there who can takeover if your baby refuses to take the bottle from you, you may have to go into another room or leave the house completely.
  • Massage your breasts – Missing just one feed can result in your breasts feeling sore, there is no harm in relieving a bit of pressure. If you have a blocked duct then concentrate on this area, if you fear you have mastitis, contact your doctor as you will need anti-biotics.
  • Cabbage, showers, sports bras and gel packs – Wash 2 cabbage leaves and place them in your bra, many parents swear by this method for helping to reduce the pain. Warm showers will help if you feel you need to release some pressure and cold showers will help to restrict milk production, a sports bra will restrict movement and friction against the nipple (friction stimulates the nipple which promotes milk production). You should also apply a cold compresses to your breast for 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day. This will help with any inflammation and aid in reducing milk production.
  • Try something new – If your baby is having problems with the bottle try a different feeding position (such as in a baby chair), a different shaped teat or a different flow may also help. The smallest changes can have a big effect.
  • Take a walk – If your baby is still not feeding very well you will have to leave the house – Babies are smart and stubborn and all the time they know you are there they will hold out for you.
  • Take some painkillers – There is no harm in taking some pain killers if the pain gets too much. Tell your pharmacist you plan to stop breastfeeding.
  • Drop the next feed – Just as your body and your baby get used to the first feed being dropped, its time to drop another. Ideally you should drop a feed once every 7 days. I would recommend the night time feed be the last one you drop and the morning feed the 2nd to last.
  • Repeat process – Repeat the above process over a number of weeks until you are down to one feed a day. Be prepared for leaks and have plenty of breast pads close by.

Step 3 – Time to stop breastfeeding altogether

Over a number of weeks you have gradually reduced your baby’s breast milk to just one feed a day. No doubt this has been a very emotional and testing time. Remember that the breast milk you have given your baby has given her the best start- even if you breastfed for 6 weeks your baby will have benefited hugely. Whatever your reasons for wanting to stop breastfeeding, be proud that you did it.

  • Drop the last feed – I recommend the last feed you drop be the night time feed. By this point your baby will have accepted formula milk (or depending on your baby’s age – cows milk) for a number of weeks now and will not be surprised when you drop this feed.
  • Change your night time routine – If feeding your baby is an important part of her bed time routine then you are going to need to make some changes – Feed your baby in a different room or ask your partner to feed her, don’t change the way that you feed her (for example if she only takes the bottle whilst sitting in her chair or on a bouncer then give her milk to her there).
  • Wear a sports bra to bed – If you haven’t already started doing this, then for the reasons stated above do it. It will help to reduce your milk production to zero.
  • Enjoy your freedom – Hopefully by following this method you haven’t been in too much pain and your baby hasn’t made it too difficult for you. And remember- don’t feel guilty about stopping, it isn’t a decision you took lightly and you have already given your baby the best start.

That is how to stop breastfeeding. I would love to hear your comments on what you did when you stopped breastfeeding or even better- if this post has helped you. Thank you for reading.

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