I remember reading somewhere that babies either focus on speech or motor skills first, and once they master one, they move on to the other and catch up pretty quickly. I have no idea whether this applies to all babies, but my four certainly followed that rule.
When Crevette was 18 months old and not yet showing any signs of walking, I was worried, but he was my first baby so I was a bit more anxious about milestones happening ‘when they should’ than I am now. Beanie and Jumpy were determined to move around and by the time they were one, they could both walk.
With my fourth baby, I have enjoyed watching her taking her time. Wriggly is a little chatterbox. It was obvious she would be more verbal, like her big brother, so I was not anxious to see her walk too early. I was also secretly enjoying my youngest taking her time and just being happy.
I found it rather annoying when she had her 12 months’ visit and the health visitor who saw her seemed really concerned about my baby’s lack of interest in walking. She gave me all sorts of exercises to do with her and gave me lots of leaflets about encouraging better motor skills. How rude! My little one was clearly thriving and not yet ready to walk.
I started putting crawling shoes on her when she was 16 months old, just so that she would get used to the feeling of wearing soft shoes.
She was not showing much interest in standing up or walking alongside furniture until we went to the Highlands just before she turned 17 months.
As we were visiting her great grandmother in Liverpool, she took her first steps in front of all the people on her retirement home. There was a lot of cheering and clapping. There might even have been a few tears of joy.
She was wobbly for a couple of weeks, but did not crawl much after that. Since then, she has not stopped walking.
She walks, runs, hops, jumps and climbs everywhere now and if you try to strap her in the pushchair, she will put up a fight and shout, “wolk, wolk!”
Her language has actually got clearer since she started walking. Until three or four weeks ago, she was still wearing her very first pair of baby shoes, but now she walks outdoors, she has a ‘big girl’ pair of shoes and a pair of wellies.
Her first shoes were a gift from Bobux. I chose the ‘Origin Xplorer’ shoes with fleece lining because they looked really comfortable and warm.
I also loved the pink and black together and thought they would look good as slippers at home, with a funky outfit or with a pretty dress for special occasions.
They are perfect for little ones who are still crawling but almost there with their walking.
The sole is incredibly flexible, but also durable. Wriggly wore hers every day for over three months and they still look great. They are now safely stored in her keepsake box.
They are easy to get on (always a bonus with first shoes!) with an elastic and also Velcro opening, and once they are on, they stay on! Both Jumpy and Beanie lost one of their first shoes because they were so easy to take off, but this time round, we still have both shoes!
Last but not least, those little beauties also have a ‘micro-armour toe cap’ which prevents scuffing and keeps baby’s feet comfortable when crawling.
I absolutely love those shoes and I think they are much better first shoes than those I bought when her siblings were about to walk. They look incredibly comfortable and every time she sees them, she asks for “shhhhooooes.”
I want a pair for myself, they would make ideal slippers!
You could win a pair of Origin Xplorer baby shoes in the size & colour of your choice (subject to availability).
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– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– All opinions and photographs are my own.