The first steps of your baby’s walking could be one of the most thrilling and unforgettable moments of parenting. At a very early age, your baby builds its muscles, gradually preparing to walk for the first time.
Between 6 to 13 months, your baby starts crawling. Between 9-12 months, they’ll begin to pull themselves up. Between eight and 18, they’ll be walking for the first time.
How can babies learn to walk?
Your child will acquire a variety of abilities, including coordination, the balance standing up, and transferring their weight between one leg and the other. Each new skill builds on the previous ones and prepares them to begin walking.
Watching your child take the first steps on their individual feet is an unforgettable experience that you’ll not forget. When your baby begins walking, it takes place in stages. These include the following milestones:
6 months. Babies start sitting on their own.
6-9 months. Babies start crawling.
9 Months. Babies begin to lift themselves off furniture such as the couch or coffee table so that they can stand up.
9-12 months. Babies can begin to stand, grasp onto furniture, and explore space.
11-13 months. In this time of excitement, you will begin to see your baby walk independently.
Remember that every baby is different, and might begin walking sooner or later than what the experts believe to be “normal”. There are lots of differences in the development of children which is completely normal.
If your child is 18 months old or older and isn’t walking yet or you’re concerned about the progress of your child’s development make an appointment with your pediatrician. Keep an eye out for these signs of walking in the late stages:
- Your baby shouldn’t roll in any direction, or sit without assistance.
- Your baby isn’t able to support any weight on their legs
- Your child doesn’t attempt to grab your attention with their actions
- Your baby isn’t trying to speak or talk.
- Your child is not interested in games like peekaboo.
Tips to help your baby start Walking
If you want to help your baby get started walking, try the following suggestions:
Play with each other. If you’re with your child it can help them feel more secure during playtime. So, they’ll be more relaxed and can play with greater confidence.
Encourage your child to move. Moving around will help your baby develop its muscles, which can help them walk as well as eventually run. You can accomplish this by kneeling before your baby and extending your hands and encouraging them to come closer to you.
As toddlers begin walking, it’s not unusual to see them take some spills. It’s an inevitable part of the process of growing. Although you cannot protect your child from each fall, you can lower the likelihood of injuries.
Help your children by “baby-proofing” the home to make their environment as secure as you can:
- Lock cabinets and doors to protect your baby from potentially hazardous items such as chemicals
- Furniture with sharp corners
- Install a gate that is child-proof to keep your baby from climbing down the steps
- Store pans and pots on the side of your stovetop
Baby Products for walking
Baby walkers. Medical professionals don’t recommend using strollers for babies. Since strollers make it easier for your baby to walk around, the baby’s leg muscles might not develop in the right way.
Furthermore, when a baby is sitting on an infant walker, this could make it easier for them to access things that they would normally not be able to access, for example, hot-items or poisons that can be risky. This makes baby strollers more dangerous.
Baby shoes. Do not buy newborn shoes as soon as you can. The soles of your feet are a great way for your child to improve coordination and balance. Begin walking outside on a regular basis before you introduce them to shoes for babies.
What’s next for your baby after he/she Begins Walking?
The first steps of your baby are just the beginning of a new chapter of their life. What else can you anticipate as they grow into a toddler:
- 14 Months: At this age, your toddler should be capable of standing independently, sitting down then standing up, or perhaps walking backward.
- 15-months old: Your child will be fairly adept at walking, and is likely to love push-and-pull toys as well as exploring new areas.
- 16-months old: Your baby will start to show interest in climbing through the steps. However, they may still turn to you for guidance on this issue.
- 18-months old: By 18 months, your child will likely be walking and be happy to walk around by themselves. They’ll probably love jumping over furniture or dancing as well.
As your child grows in self-confidence and autonomy, they are able to access many new possibilities. It’s an exciting period and you should remember to be a part of it.