“These Boots Are Made For Walkin”
- Walk holding both of your child’s hands, hold just one hand, then briefly withdraw and re-introduce your hand(s) for support.
- When you return after an absence, verbally greet your child from a distance, but wait until he approaches you.
- Hold favorite toys at eye level (rather than leaving them on the floor). Also, place favorite toys at eye level on a stable surface 2-3 feet away (on the couch while child stands holding onto a chair).
- Encourage your child to throw trash (e.g., diapers) into a garbage pail with a rim that is about at his chest level.
- Encourage use of push and pull toys.
- Separate toys that usually go together (e.g., a doll and a bottle; a basketball and a hoop; a car and a track), but leave each toy within your child’s visual field.
- Prompt your child to push a riding toy from behind while walking.