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When do Babies Start Walking: Your Baby’s First Steps

When do Babies Start Walking: Your Baby’s First Steps

At some point near the beginning of their second year, most babies take their first steps and officially become toddlers. This independent mobility opens up a whole new world to a child.

Waking before walking
The period just before your child takes her first steps might not be so much fun for you. Just before they walk, toddlers-to-be often start waking up at night every four hours or so. Try not to become frustrated by the break in routine – the big achievement your child is preparing for will be worth it. Similarly, don't be surprised or upset if she screams whenever you walk away from her. She wants to be the one on her feet. All this turbulence is stirred up by your child's new goal – to achieve independence.

Walk this way

How your child goes about walking will tell you a lot about her personality. Is she thoughtful and cautious? A bit bold and reckless? No matter how she goes about it, once she's up, she's gone! That joy of accomplishment propels her from dawn to dusk and then some – you’ll be on the run just to keep up. Watch her try to manage walking up an incline or negotiating a different surface, like grass. It's all new and exciting for both of you.

FYI: Your child will need simple soft shoes when walking outside or on a rough surface. Otherwise barefoot is best.

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Baby 1st steps

5/19/2016
Its the so exciting seeing your little one take the 1st steps its brings happiness and you make them feel so proud of them self i will do anything to keep a smile on their face especially when they fall as they're learning how to get around no one likes to see their baby get hurt

Pulling Up

Natalie 5/14/2016
Learning to pull herself up in so much fun to watch! Can't wait for those first steps!

Almost there

5/13/2016
I can't wait to see my baby start walking. I bet he'll just take off running from how fast he is crawling!

Still trying

MamaPigg 5/7/2016
Little man tries to climb stairs

Just about there

5/3/2016
I have a cautious one thank goodness
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