Seeing baby take those first steps is one of the most memorable milestones. My first baby was in daycare half-time when he started to develop walking skills. I remember telling his caregivers to please not tell me if he took his first independent steps while he was there. The thought of him talking his first steps without me, pained my heart. So I asked them to tell me everything but that. Then one evening in the summer, just a few weeks after his first birthday, we went to a picnic with some friends and witnessed our baby's first three steps. Yeah...I cried. I'm sappy like that.
Typically babies walk anywhere from 10 months to 18 months old. Some babies even take a little longer to get there. There is usually nothing to worry about if baby is a late walker. But there are some signs that could indicate a problem. If your baby isn't bearing any weight on his legs or seems to have muscle weakness, it might be a good idea to consult your pediatrician. But if your baby is making progress in other areas and meeting other milestones while slow to start walking, more than likely, they are just taking their time. They will get there.
The transition from crawling to cruising (walking around holding the furniture) to solo walking is an exciting time for both parents and babies. The world is opening up and getting bigger for both of you. Don't worry if your baby's progression to walking is a bit slower than any other children you have, or is slower than other babies you know of a similar age. As long as your baby is showing an interest in walking and cruising, then you shouldn't have any cause for concern.
Well...except for all the new baby-proofing that you need to do for when you have a walker on your hands.
Do you remember your child's first steps? What age did your baby start walking?
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