When Do Babies Start Walking?
Dear parent, I know you are excited that your child can now stand, like any other mom I can tell you’re about to ask me when your little one will start walking?
The first few years of your baby is full of exciting milestones. Among them, you’re more likely to remember she makes her first and wobbly steps.
Of course, learning to walk is one of the important milestones in your baby’s life, and no mom or dad would want to miss it. It is a great step towards independence.
Huh, true but wait… Is that your child trying to make a wobbly step? This is awesome, but when will the baby be able to walk?
Walking is a unique milestone succeeded by standing. In the first year, your baby gradually gains coordination and muscle strength. It is also the time when the baby learn how to roll over, sit, and crawl.
When the baby has learned how to crawl, from then, you’ll start seeing you little daughter pulling herself up. Between the age of 6 to 10 months, she will start holding onto solid objects for support.
This move indicates that your baby is about to start walking. From here it’s a matter of gaining confidence and balance. Quite often and when celebrating their first birthday, most babies will take their first step with the aid of their moms.
On reaching 15 months of ages, nearly all babies will be walking unaided but with uneven steps. But babies are different, there are those who will make their first step by their first birthday, others may take up to 17 or 18 months to take their first step.
So you don’t have to worry if your baby delays, every baby will learn to walk at their own pace. More so, some even don’t crawl; they just go straight from standing to walking, and this is just normal. Keep watching your child’s progress month after the other.
Before she is about to walk, your baby will show up the following behaviors:
- Rolling around
- Crab walking
- Climbing stairs by hand
Should I encourage walking and how?
Just knowing when babies start walking isn’t enough, there is more to it than that “how to help your child to walk.” Research and statistics indicate that on average a baby requires over practice 1000 hours to learn to walk independently.
Therefore, your help in building your child’s confidence is important to encourage your baby to take embrace this milestone. And because the strength of back muscles contribute significantly to early walking, stimulate her muscles by giving her more tummy time.
And when she can sit, help her in practicing balance and stability by swaying a toy in front of her to make her move from side to side. Once your baby can stand with furniture’s, let her wobble in front of you while holding her hands.
Gradually let go of one hand so that she can experiment how to balance. Alternatively, cheer her up while she stands a few feet’s away from you.
Safety precautions just in case!
Your baby can start walking earlier than your expectation, and this increases the risks of injury. So to avoid the mess with your baby, you need to step up your childproofing by;
- Putting away any furniture that topples easily
- Removing low tables with sharp corners
- Scour trailing cords, put away throw rugs and retack loose carpets that may cause injuries
- If you stairs in your home, install safety gates along the stairs (top and bottom) to control your baby while on the stairs.
- Lock up any potentially harmful household substance
- If you have slippery floors, don’t keep her in socks as they don’t offer much grip
Should I be worried if the baby delay to walk?
As mentioned earlier, babies reach various milestones at different ages, so if your neighbor’s child start walking earlier than yours, this should not worry you. However, your baby is unable to
- Learn how to stand with support by the age of 12 months
- To walk by the age of 18 months or
- Be able to walk steadily by the age of 2 years
Then it is advisable to speak to consult your pediatrician for the possible causes because if the baby was born prematurely may delay in developmental milestones.