when do you let toddlers walk instead of carrying them?
I know all babies learn to walk at different ages. My question is when do you let go or feel appropriate to let them walk, holding hands or loose? As in from house to car, or around a park, parking lot, store?
My oldest two I didn't let them walk beside me for awhile.. My two year old has her days where she wants to walk, but she has to be holding me, the stroller, the diaper..something so I know where she is.
You know I've been wondering this a bit lately. My daughter is walking really well these days but she still doesn't follow instruction real well so I am worried she'd dart away from me in a parking lot. I try and let her walk around though as often as I can though as long as I am not worried for her safety
I guess this is more of what I was trying to get at. The walking AND following instructions/boundaries . I know there are too many toddlers who can walk perfectly fine, but do not comprehend or listen well enough to have this responsibility of "walking alone".
as soon as they are able too
I've been judging based on time and safety. If I have time to let him walk I do. I don't feel that's the case in a parking lot or crossing the street. At home he's almost always getting himself where he needs to go, partly because it's baby proofed.
Its still a challenge when we go out in public. When we are at home or the playground or something they run all over the place. But at the store our 3 year old can get down and walk and keep up but our 18mth old can't. But that's more about convenience and safety than her ability to.
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