Watching your baby take his very first steps is one of the most thrilling moments any mom experiences. That's probably why we tend to obsess over when exactly our babies will start walking.
It's no big secret that walking happens at different times depending on the baby, and some parents are even fortunate enough to see their little ones take off before their first birthday. But for those of you who are still waiting for the big moment and are wondering why your baby isn't walking yet -- there might be a simple, yet very surprising thing that is slowing him down.
Believe it or not, your baby's diaper may hinder his ability to walk.
Yes -- his diaper. (What the heck?!?)
A group of scientists studied 60 babies and their walking patterns and discovered that diapers affected how soon babies walk and how adept they are at it (babies tend to take wider, shorter steps when wearing diapers).
Ok, so I guess on the one hand, this is good news, because now there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for us moms who happen to have late walkers on our hands. (It's all our fault for insisting that they wear diapers. Gah!)
My little guy was a late bloomer, and didn't take his first steps 'til he was 13 1/2 months old. And while I was definitely a little bit concerned that he wasn't up and moving as early as some of my friends' kids, if someone had told me to take his diaper off to speed things up, I highly doubt I would've complied.
I mean, diapers kind of serve a purpose, you know. Somehow I'm thinking having a delayed walker is a much better alternative than getting down on your hands and knees to clean up poop all day long. (I'm just sayin'.)
But if you are eager to get your baby walking, here are a few tips:
What tricks have you used to help your baby get moving?
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