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

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

Got the phones and cameras ready? Sometime soon, our babies will officially become toddlers, taking those teetering 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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Walking

07/27/2015

My 11 month old stands on his tip toes and I feel like it will make it harder for him to learn how to walk

Walking

07/24/2015

My girl is 29 weeks and standing but it doesn't seem like she's really ready to crawl yet

CRAWLING

07/22/2015

my lil guy is almost 1 1/2 years old and is still not walking

Daugher

07/20/2015

My daughter is fearless. She is walking along the furniture and will stand by herself. Or she will just lean like she wants to go forward lol

MY SON

07/18/2015

hes is finally teething and trying to sit up they grow so fast :/

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