Babies’ Interactions – Walking and Talking

A New World

A new world opens when a baby learns to crawl. The freedom to explore the world and to reach a toy means that a baby can choose what he wants to explore. There may be many bumps and falls as he learns to crawl and some babies creep on their bellows, while other scoots on their bottoms.  Entering the phases of bumps and falls may be frustrating, and a baby shows more emotions when he starts to crawl. Not only signs of frustration, but of joy.

As a baby grows older, his emotions become more obvious and he is able to express himself better by clapping his hands when he is excited. But the freedom to move around may be linked to overall more interactions.

Walking and Talking

Learning to walk means even more freedom and results from a recent study shows that 14-month- old toddlers who could walk interacted in a different ways to the children who could not. The toddlers who could walk pointed more and they looked more at their parents when they carried toys over to then. The toddlers were delighted that they could show things to their parents, and they were more interested in getting their parent’s attention.

Joint attention to toys and being able to bring things means that a toddler can influence what his parent’s are looking at. And being able to decide what parent’s look at, meant that they had more to talk about. The toddler who could walk was more vocal.

Learning to walk is perhaps more than a simple motor milestone; it changes other functions such as social behaviour and attention. When a baby learns to walk, he not only has to master the motor side instead everything else in his world changes. He may have to reorganise his experiences of the world and the way he acts and interacts in the world.

Clearfield, M.W. (2011).  Learning to walk changes infants’ social interactions.  Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 15-25.
Photo: Child On Beach by Jon Whiles

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