Learning to walk: Your FAQ answered!

Your baby will achieve tons of milestones, but his first steps will definitely be one you won’t forget! Walking is a mayor achievement in your baby’s physical development and if you are like most parents, you may be anxious about when it’ll happen and how you can encourage it.

 

When is my baby going to start walking?

Generally babies take their first steps between 9 and 15 months, but remember that babies develop at their own pace. So be patient if your little one is taking his time, some babies start walking later on, at around 18 months, and it’s fine!

Did you know that babies are born with an innate knowledge of the movements needed to walk? They just lack the strength in their legs to do it. If you hold your baby in a upright position you will notice he instinctually moves one foot in front of the other in a walking-like motion. This is called the stepping reflex, which disappears at around 4 months.

How can I know if baby is ready to start walking?

There is not one universal sign that indicates that your baby is ready to take his first step. But most babies accomplish these physical milestones before walking:

  • By 7 and 10 months most babies learn to crawl (although some babies never crawl before walking).
  • By 9 and 12 months babies learn to stand up by themselves. Just remember he may be using some furniture as support, so make sure to baby proof your home!
  • Once your baby masters how to cruise between furniture he will venture to practice his first steps by himself.
What about baby proofing?

As your baby starts to take his first step you will feel tons of joy to see your little one starting to gain his independence, but also you’ll probably feel anxious as you see how every object can become a hazard! You probably baby proofed your home when your baby was learning to crawl, but keep in mind that now he will be able to reach higher objects so just make sure to check again.

The most effective way to ensure your baby’s safety is to take a baby’s-eye view of your home. Get down on your knees and see how things look from down there. This will help you figure out which cupboards, drawers, and other spaces your child might get into.

How can I help my baby take his first steps?

Walking is all about confidence and balance. So the best way to help your little one is by praising and encouraging him every time he tries to walk. His first steps will mean a lot to him so when he reaches this monumental milestone, make sure to make a big deal about it.

You can find tons of activities in Kinedu to encourage and practice this skill! Remember practice makes perfect, so the more he practices the better he will become, and before you know it he will almost be running around!

Here’s one of our incredible activities:

 

Looking for more information? Try these links:
 http://www.babycenter.com/0_toddler-milestone-walking_11739.bc
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002010.htm

 

 

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