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How can I help my 8- to 12-month-old baby walk safely while holding onto furniture?

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Your baby is "cruising" -- walking while holding onto furniture to steady him. Make sure sharp corners are padded and furniture is secured. Hold your baby’s hands while he walks to help him practice. Or let him push a sturdy walking toy with supervision. His first steps alone are just around the corner.

SOURCES:

Healthy Children: "Developmental Milestones: 12 Months;"  "Emotional and Social Development: 8 to 12 Months; "  "Cognitive Development: 8 to 12 Months;" "Language Development: 8 to 12 Months;" and "Physical Skills: 8-12 Months."

Texas Department of Health: "Healthy Start, Grow Smart: Your 10-Month-Old."

KidsHealth: "Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month Old;" and "Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month Old."

CDC: "Milestone Moments."

 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Healthy Children: "Developmental Milestones: 12 Months;"  "Emotional and Social Development: 8 to 12 Months; "  "Cognitive Development: 8 to 12 Months;" "Language Development: 8 to 12 Months;" and "Physical Skills: 8-12 Months."

Texas Department of Health: "Healthy Start, Grow Smart: Your 10-Month-Old."

KidsHealth: "Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old;" "Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month Old;" and "Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month Old."

CDC: "Milestone Moments."

 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

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