A ctivities for Childr en Who Walk on Th eir To es Compiled by: Elizabeth Beazley PT, DPT, Megan Geno PT, DPT, Thasia LaDuca SPT, and Karen Nolan PT,MS ,PCS What i s To e-Walking? Toe walking is when a child (or an adult) remains on their toes throughout all the phases of gait.
Physical therapy will begin with the therapist evaluating your child's needs. Next they'll work with you and your child (depending on the child's age) to set goals. They'll structure games, exercises, and stretching to help your child reach those goals and may provide a program so you can follow through at home.
By engaging baby in tummy-down playtime on an exercise ball while gently rocking in these directions, you can help simulate a similar type of weight shift, especially if baby is bearing weight through the arms while on the tummy.
Before your baby starts walking, she needs to develop the same dynamic combination of skills as an Olympic gymnast: adequate balance, trunk control, hip stability, leg strength, confidence and the ability to plan and carry out a sequence of actions - it's a pretty amazing combination of skills.
Hip Helpers Support Shorts were developed by a physical therapist, in response to the physical therapist's frustration with the "figure eight" wrap. They were designed for, and tested on, babies from six months to three years old in an early intervention program. They have also been used on older children with very positive results.
Most babies begin walking some time between 10 and 18 months old. But they have to go from crawling to pulling up to cruising to get there. Keep in mind all babies are different, so your baby may have to really work to learn how to walk or just start walking out of the blue.