A few weeks ago, Libby took her first unaided steps. Only six or seven steps, but she did it quite a few times during the course of a week. Since then, we’ve had a few steps here or there but she really seems to have lost her confidence.
We do loads of walking practice every day (at her request). She even walks around the block just holding one of my hands. We have bought her a little rucksack that doubles as reins and for a while, she was quite happily walking around with one of us holding onto the rucksack rather than her hand. Now though, she has become really clingy, refusing to take more than a couple of steps without holding on.
I know that she can do it, her balance is amazing. Today, against her better judgement, she followed me across the room, walking totally on her own. She didn’t really want to do it though and was pretty much running to catch up with me to hold on.
The odd thing about it is that walking is all she has ever wanted to do. Since the age of about 2 months old, she has wanted to be upright, by 3 months she was moving her legs to walk whenever somebody was willing to hold her up. Even now, she wants to walk everywhere with someone holding her hand.
Has anybody else experienced this? What do you recommend? Should I stop trying to get her to walk on her own and just let her hold hands all the time? I’m guessing I probably should but I also keep feeling like I should show her that she can do it.
I’m a first time mum and generally things are going really well, but on this has got me stumped so I would really appreciate any advice!