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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What a relief

2/11/2016

I wasn't sure why my son started waking in the middle of the night, all of the sudden. This helped give me some relief that it is common.

9 months

Sara 2/11/2016

She walks like a pro, but we can't find shoes to fit.

10 month old

sue 2/7/2016

My little one is just starting to stand herself up. She has fallen a few times already, but she is a fearless little one!

Starting at 8 Months

1/31/2016

My little baby has been starting to try to walk himself as he stands up onto something...and he is just turning 8 months this week. Kinda exciting and scary!

Shoes for baby

1/24/2016

I love stride rite shoes for babies. They have different levels of flexibility in the soles that work well for walking.

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