Our little guy is 13 months old and 22 pounds. He’s heavy and my arms are burnin’ from carrying him around. He has shown interest in walking lately so I decided to make one of these walking belts for babies learning how to walk. (Gives them confidence to walk solo, without holding a hand.)
I made mine very simple……..a bit different from the ones I have seen for sale.
But works great.
This way, you don’t have to bend over to hold their hands. (My husband and I are both tall people.) Or pull their arms out of socket… Perfect.
(I used upholstery fabric because that’s what I had. You could also use webbing for the handles and the belt or just for the handles. It’s up to you….but if you use fabric, use something sturdy.)
- 2 pieces of fabric, 4.5 x 27.5 inches (belt)
- 2 pieces of fabric 4.5 x 30 inches (handles)
- 1 piece of this batting (or felt) 4.5 x 27 (padding for the belt)
- thread, scissors, etc.
Then fold one of your handle pieces in half, lengthwise, and sew along the long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out and press. Do the same with the other handle piece. Then, find the center of the belt and measure out about 2.5 inches from either side of the center. Mark with a pin…..this is where your handles will be attached. (Your handles will be about 5 inches apart. However, if you have a really petite baby, you may want to place the handles 4 or 4.5 inches apart…..so that the handles don’t end up under their armpits when the belt is in place. These are just the measurements that worked well for our little guy.) Then fold under one end of the handle piece and attach about an inch down on the belt.