Seeing your baby take his or her firsts steps is one of the most rewarding moments of parenthood!
Each milestone your baby achieves creates such an exciting moment in your life. And the day your baby takes his or her firsts steps is definitely one of the most thrilling!
When it comes to milestones, every baby is different. However, making sure your baby reaches them is very important. If you have questions or concerns regarding your baby’s development, consult with your pediatrician.
When Will My Baby Walk?
Typically, most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months of age and will be toddling around the house around 14 or 15 months. However, other children do not walk until they are 16 or 17 months of age and this is generally normal.
Throughout a baby’s first year of life, they are developing the coordination and strength necessary to walk. The process typically involves sitting up, rolling over, crawling and standing. It is at the standing stage that your baby will eventually let go and hold their own.
As their balance and confidence grows, so will their ability to get around. It may be at that point that you realize you’re not ready for their new-found independence.
Helping Your Baby Walk
Parents are eager to see those first steps. As a result, much time is spent helping their baby stand and walk. Encouraging your baby to walk is very important, so do not worry if your efforts seem to be in vain. Every time you hold your baby’s hand while standing, or give encouraging words or sounds, your baby is learning and developing. You play an important role in helping in the development of your baby’s confidence and strength.
What if My Baby Doesn’t Walk?
It’s important to keep in mind that every child has his or her own timetable. Further, premature babies often reach this and other milestones later than full-term babies.
However, if your baby hasn’t learned to stand without support and walk by the time they are 18 months old, it would be wise to talk to your pediatrician about it.
If you are concerned about your baby’s development, your pediatrician will likely do a medical examination and assessment of your baby’s posture, muscle tone and reflexes. If there are any developmental delays, late walking is not typically the first to be noticed.