I realized a couple of days ago that we no longer have a baby, we have a little boy. He’s walking pretty much everywhere now. It’s a drunken, stumbling sort of walking, but he’s walking. Watching him got me to wondering – what motivates a baby to walk? I can understand their desire to crawl, who wants to lie in one place all day every day? But the transition to walking is not as obvious to me. When walking, all his toys are on the floor and he has to sit down or try to bend over – and more likely than not fall down in the process – to get to his toys. Walking is more difficult to learn, lots of trial and error and falling and getting up only to fall again. When first learning to walk, crawling is actually faster than walking. Is it a desire to be like mom and dad that motivates aspiring toddlers? Or is it just some instinct to “get up and go?” Maybe it’s the fact that there are many more interesting things to get into when you’re standing up.
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