A baby’s first few years are marked by many milestones. But the one you’ll probably always remember is when he took his first wobbly steps. Walking is a major developmental leap for babies, and parents are often anxious about when it’ll happen. Every baby learns to walk at his own pace, however, so just because your friend’s child is already toddling doesn’t mean yours should be, too! Read on to find out what signals indicate your child is ready to walk, how you can help, and more.
When will my baby walk?
Most babies take their first steps around their first birthday, but the age range varies from 9 to 18 months. Don’t worry if your baby takes a few detours along the way. Some kids never crawl—they go straight from standing to walking—and that’s perfectly normal. What’s important at this stage is that your child is using arms and legs together to become mobile. If your child is doing any of the following, walking is not far behind:
- Rolling around
- Crab walking
- Climbing stairs using his hands
Look at your child’s progress. Is he doing more this month than last month? Is he getting a little bit more of his body off the ground? If so, you’ve got nothing to worry about. If by the end of his first year he doesn’t make any effort to get around somehow, talk to your doctor.
How to encourage walking
It takes most babies about 1,000 hours of practice from the time they pull themselves upright to the time they can walk alone. To help prepare your child for taking those first few step