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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Makes sense

07/06/2015

Our baby is only 6 months old but he gets flustered when we walk away. He's learning to crawl and just wants to be on the go!

Why the wake up??

Cat 07/04/2015

Why do they begin to wake up during the night? Why is this correlating with the act of beginning to walk? What is the link?

Perfect timing

07/02/2015

I read this article today and it couldn't have crossed my eyes at a better time! My son, who has slept through the night since he was 10-12 weeks old, has started to wake up at 2am for the last 4 days! Makes since now. He has been pulling himself up and standing/guided walking along everything possible! :)

wonderful

07/01/2015

This article was great and I loved the info.

My son

Mel 07/01/2015

..is 10 months old & started waking up at night. I had no idea it's because he's going to start walking. So that explains it. My mother in law insists its because he's not full. She thinks that's the reason for everything. I'm like "let me take care of MY son" lol

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