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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Good Read

Jo-Jo 9/30/2015

I really needed to read that today, my lil guy is standing and a few weeks from the first steps

Never Knew

HAM1023 9/28/2015

I have a 14 yr old, 12 yr old, almost 2 yr old and a 9 month old. My 9 month old has just started waking in the night. Usually goes back to sleep on her own. She just started standing up on her own this week. Is trying to take steps. Never knew or put 2 and 2 together about the waking before walking!

Early walker


My daughter, started pulling herself up at 7 months, walking holding onto everything at 8 months. Nine months she was walking everywhere and she just turned 10 months! We are excited to see what 10 months brings us!

Almost there

Ms. V 9/20/2015

My daughter just turned 9 months and is clinging onto everything and walking around. I have a camera glued to my hand ready to catch those first steps.

Walking at 10 months

Kisha 8/31/2015

I have a determined little guy, hes walking very well already. Able to make his way from one room to the next without falling. This has definitely been the most exciting moment, eventhough i will be saying the same when his first words start flowing.

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