A majority of babies start to take their beginning steps somewhere between nine and twelve months. By the time they’re 14 or 15 months old, they’re walking well. However, if your baby takes more time, you shouldn’t worry. Quite a number of perfectly healthy babies start walking well at 16 or 17 months of age.
In the first year of life, your child is undergoing development of coordination and muscular strength throughout the body. He or she will slowly learn how to sit, crawl and roll over before starting to pull up and stand at around nine months. After this, the child will gain confidence and have more balance. Your child will start to move around and run independently.
On the journey to becoming a skilled walker, your baby will take several steps. If you find yourself concerned about the progress of your baby, it is best that you consult a doctor. It is good to childproof your home when you start to see signs of walking.
Here are Some Guidelines for a Child’s Walking Development:
- From Birth to 2 Months of Age: The newborn baby displays step reflex. Whenever you hold the little one in a standing position on a solid surface, he will move the legs like he’s walking. The step reflex soon disappears at about 2 months.
- 3-4 Months: The small child does small push-ups. This is seen when the child lies tummy-down and raises the head and chest off the ground, by using the support of her arms. The small push-ups help in strengthening the muscles of the upper part of the body, which are necessary for walking.
- At 5 Months: The baby tends to bounce up and down when you hold him in a standing posture. This is crucial in building leg strength. The baby also starts to lean forward on his arms while seated.
- 6-9 Months: Your child learns to sit. Sitting down without any support needs a strong neck, head control, coordination, and balance. All those are crucial things for walking. A huge percentage of babies start to crawl from 7 to 10 months of age, though quite a number skip this step and move straight to walking.
At this stage, the baby is able to stand while holding on to something or someone for support. Pretty soon, the child will be taking some sliding steps while holding on to nearby structures for support.
However, if your child lacks weight on his or her legs when held up, by seven months, or is unable to sit without being supported at nine months, please consult a doctor.
- 9-12 Months: The baby starts to pull up with the help of a steady structure to a standing position. She also learns how to bend the knees in order to sit down.
The child may even be able to stand without any support, for a short while, and might have the ability to walk while holding hands with you.
- 12-15 Months: At this point, your baby is probably walking, though quite awkwardly. Keeping the arms outstretched adds to the balance. Your toddler will figure out how to bend forwards and backwards and stand up repeatedly. The little one may like to push and pull toys as he moves.
If the child is still not toddling by 14 or 15 months of age, it may be wise to check it up with the doctor. Though it is still within the usual developmental range, it is good to see if there’s anything that’s causing the delay in growth. (Source)
- 16-18 Months: At this stage, your toddler has the ability to walk up and down the stairs, with some help. She can even walk backwards and dance to music.
- 19-24 Months: The little toddler starts to learn how to run. By the time he turns two, he can kick a soccer ball, tiptoe, carry things on his hands as he walks, and jump from a low step to the ground.
Wrapping up, it may be a bitter sweet moment when your child learns to walk. As he or she takes the first steps, it’s so adorable, but at the same time, the child is starting her independence. The development of a child from birth to when she takes the first steps is a beautiful thing!