I forgot to mention in the previous post on what steps need to be taken to get your own Drunken Midget:
- Have a niece on standby (or find a kid, about 10 years old). Nieces are perfect because they are usually super excited to help with the baby, and are just the right height so they can hold the baby’s arms without getting a backache. Otherwise, stock up on Icy Cold Patches becuase you will be bent over A LOT!
- Get a little push walker. I’ve heard that the shopping cart is really good. O likes the Woodpecker one. However, you still have to bend over since before she gets really stable, you want to make sure she won’t fly off the handle.
- Finger holding. As soon as got a bit more stable on her feet, she did not want me to hold both her hands. She would push my one hand away. And after awhile, she didn’t even want my hand in her hand. Just my finger.
- Then, we would play, “Come to Mommy!” from the coffee table to her play mat a few feet away.
- The trick after awhile was to hand her something to hold with both hands. Like a favorite furry book, and by holding it in both hands, she felt more secure and confident and would walk by herself. And as soon as she would lose her grip on the toy, she would fall down. But at least she got a lot of practice this way.
- And now, she is walking by herself all over the place.
Hope this helps.