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11 months: more autonomy, more falls

Falls are common during the process of learning to walk, but not all of them pose a danger.

Leaving the baby close to couches, beds, low tables or ottomans so they can use them for support and walk around is a good strategy to stimulate them to take their first steps or perfect their walk, if they’re already doing it. And, also to allow the child to climb on furniture and even ladders, always with supervision.

As careful as you and your family might be, every child on Earth is prone to suffering falls (yes, plural because it’ll happen many times) during this process. And, the falls are crucial for development.

For the most part, your baby will probably be very scared. Your reaction towards what just happened can determine theirs: in case you freak out, your child will burst out in tears, but if you react with tranquility – you can even smile and play with the situation – the beginning of a crying fit can be contained. The child can, in fact, face the fall with amusement and repeat back to you saying “ouch” or “ow”.

When it’s an ugly fall and it involves hitting the head, for example, go to the emergency room immediately. Drowsiness, unusual sleepiness, vomiting, nausea, fevers and difficulty moving can indicate something more serious, and the first 24 hours are imperative for these cases. Contacting the pediatrician is also important. But don’t worry: these circumstances are rare. With constant observation, but with stimuli and autonomy, the most common thing to happen is falling without consequences. These are just some of the many tests for the mother’s heart. 😉