As your baby's confidence grows, he will periodically let go of his support object, then grab hold again when he feels himself totter. Eventually, though, when Mom or Dad calls from across the room, he'll venture out on his own. Don't be surprised if he makes it only one or two steps at first before sitting down; your loving encouragement and his own sense of accomplishment will keep him trying until he succeeds.
A baby's first walking stance is wide-legged, with his arms held out to protect himself, and he may accidentally get going too fast and fall when he tries to stop. Keep a close eye on him -- not only for safety's sake, but also to savor these special moments. After all, within a few short weeks, your little baby will have turned into a toddler!
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the March 1999 issue of Parents magazine.
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