Your Baby's First Steps: What To Expect
One of the proudest moments of being parents is when your baby starts to walk. The first time your little angel learns to stand up on her/his own, your face lights up because your baby has achieved a milestone in her life! Once your baby learns to stand up, it may take several days or months to take their first steps and start walking. You just need to be patient, and your baby will be walking like a pro in no time!
When Will My Baby Start Walking?
Usually, babies start moving forward while holding something, like a handle or rail or furniture, around 9 to 10 months. This would continue for 4 to 5 months. A little after their first birthdays, babies will try to make their attempts at independently walking. At around 14 to 18 months old, most babies would have started toddling (or walking independently).
Babies’ body composition and DNA also play a role in determining how and when they walk. Lean and slim babies may start walking faster than those babies which aren’t. Some babies might follow their parents and start soon or late. The only thing for sure is that your baby will walk. But just maybe on his/her own calendar. You can always lend a helping hand to your baby, but eventually the baby will only walk when s/he is fully ready for it.
How Do I Help My Baby Start Walking?
The best way to encourage your child to walk is to keep him/her on the move. Allow your child to have lots of open spaces to explore and encourage him/her to move away from the stroller. If the baby wants to walk, let her/him move towards it rather than take it to them! You can do these things to encourage a baby to move -
1. Make babies move towards something they like, by leaving a trail of things that they really are attracted to, like toys and food items.
2. Place helpful items around the house, like furniture and baby walkers, which would help the baby figure out how to balance their weight. Baby proof the apartment before you do so.
3. Encourage your baby to play with toys, but also give him/her enough time to spend moving around.
4. Let her/him walk around barefoot! Let your baby walk around barefoot, and start with indoor and safe walking surfaces when your baby starts to crawl toddle. Even if you’re taking your baby out, put on some light and flexible shoes.
Apart from all this - we’ll leave you with one last advice. Your baby is only going to walk confidently after lots of practice, and this practice is going to involve lots of trips and falls. Your baby may have to practice for many months for it to walk without falling down. Don’t stress yourself out. You also need to be patient. Your child is only going to follow her/his own calendar, and things may not always go according to plan, so we only ask that you let your baby grow at her/his pace.