While you may have heard about some uber-precocious 6-month-old baby walking, most babies usually hit the walking milestone a bit later, between 9 and 18 months. Read on to learn the signs baby will walk soon and the strategies for how to encourage baby to walk.
A few other ways to encourage those first steps: Leave a tempting trail. Activate her cruise control. Get her a push toy. But don’t put her in a walker. Limit time in the stationary activity center. Keep her tootsies bare. Expect some stops and starts.
When to expect it: Between 9 and 12 months, your baby will start pulling herself up on anything she can get a good grip on, from the couch to your legs.
When to be concerned about your baby’s walking The CDC recommends talking to your child’s pediatrician if they’re not walking at all by 18 months and not walking steadily by age 2 — so you have plenty of time even if your little one hasn’t started showing signs by age 1.
On average, children take the first steps on their own at the age of 12 months. Many parents perceive this event as a decisive turning point. However, the timing is really of no consequence. Children who start walking early turn out later to be neither more intelligent nor more well-coordinated.
A: Within a few weeks of learning to pull himself to a standing position, your baby will probably start shuffling along while holding onto furniture; this can start anywhere from 8 to 11 months. Called cruising, it’s one of the last steps on the journey toward walking independently.
Push, counter-push. This is a great way to strengthen your baby’s legs and build resistance for standing and walking. Holding the soles of your baby’s feet, gently push your baby’s legs backwards and forwards, almost in a cycling motion.
Research shows that it’s best for babies and toddlers to be barefoot as much as possible. Being barefoot allows for optimal foot development, improves agility, strengthens children’s awareness and balance on various surfaces, and boosts sensory-motor development.
In fact, research shows that children who spend time in baby walkers actually tend to walk later than their peers who do not. And for learning to take first steps, a push toy allows baby to see his legs and feet and practice standing and stepping in a much more natural way.
While it can happen as early as 10 months, by 12 months, most babies will use “mama” and “dada” correctly (she may say “mama” as early as eight months, but she won’t be actually referring to her mother), plus one other word.
Naturally, your baby doesn’t have enough strength at this age to stand, so if you hold him in a standing position and put his feet on the floor he’ll sag at the knees. In a few months he will have the strength to bear his weight and may even bounce up and down when you hold him with his feet touching a hard surface.
Here are the main signs of an intelligent baby to keep an eye out for and how to nurture them. Hits milestones earlier than other babies their age. Has very good focus. Likes solving problems. Enjoys (even prefers) solitude. Extremely curious. High birth weight. Alertness.
Most children are able to walk alone by 11-15 months but the rate of development is very variable. Some children will fall outside the expected range and yet still walk normally in the end. Walking is considered to be delayed if it has not been achieved by 18 months.
Babies with autism are thought to be late to meet physical milestones, such as pointing and sitting. But a new report finds that most babies with autism and intellectual disability take their first steps — a major motor milestone — on time or earlier than those with other conditions that affect cognition1.
There are many reasons a child may walk late. Heredity plays a part; if either parent was a late walker, there’s a chance the baby will be as well. Sometimes babies who are big walk later because they have more weight to support, and building up strength takes time.