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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almost there


she was sleeping through the night now its playtime at 2 am! But she is getting agile with her push toys

Waking before walking


I'm ready for my 11 month old to start walking but then again I'm not. I don't remember my daughter waking up more before she started walking but then again that was 4 years ago.



Any day now, we are so excited for her first steps.

Can't wait

Anthony 11/17/2015

Our little one is so ready to walk. I wouldn't be surprised if she does it before her 1st birthday!

Loves standing

FTM4Brody 11/8/2015

Our 6 month boy loves standing. He enjoys standing with his tiger walker that he screams in joy! He gets excited when we hold his hands and he moves his feet. This is coming up too quick!

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