The moment when your baby takes their first steps is an exciting milestone in their development. As parents, it’s natural to wonder when your little one will start walking. While every child develops at their own pace, there are general guidelines to help you understand when it is normal for babies to start walking.
Babies typically begin to show signs of readiness for walking between 9 and 12 months of age. However, it’s important to remember that each baby is unique and may reach this milestone earlier or later. Before walking independently, babies go through various stages, such as rolling, crawling, pulling up, and cruising along furniture.
To walk, babies need to have sufficient muscle strength and coordination. They should be able to support their own weight while standing and have a sense of balance. Gradually, they gain confidence and begin taking their first wobbly steps. Some babies may take a few steps and then revert to crawling before fully embracing walking.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that there is a wide range of normal when it comes to walking. Premature babies or those with certain health conditions may reach this milestone later. On the other hand, some babies may start walking as early as 8 months.