Baby Walking: Developmental milestones | When Do Babies Walk?

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When will my baby be able to walk? At what age do babies walk?

Babies take their first step between 8 and 18 months. Some babies also take their first steps during 9 to 12 months and they walk by the time they are around 14 and 15 months old. There may be some who might take a little more time as well. Normal babies walk anytime before 19 months.

Babies have their full development during their first year with muscles gaining strength. Your baby will sit, roll or simply crawl by the time they are 9 months old.

What are the baby steps taken by the baby to learn walking?

Since birth, babies tend to walk by pressing their legs against any surface. If you put your baby in your lap, then he will take the support of your leg by pressing his head and try to use his legs whenever he can. Kicking is their basic instinct and it is not that babies are always trying to walk at all times. This is one reflex which will vanish after some months. But, this the first sign towards normal muscle movement which the majority of the kids tend to do.  It also aids digestion.

After sometime when they complete 6 months they try to take their support and use their weight for standing up. If they are left unattended, then they will try to walk on their own only to bounce because they will not have leg strength. However, bouncing will become their favorite in due course of time and will play.

Babies will tend to try walking by the time they are 9 months old. In case, if they do not have enough strength in their legs, then it’s time for you to consult a child specialist for the same. Their muscles should have grown during this period. Between the time they are 7 to 12 months old, babies will try to stand up on their own by taking the help of any furniture or other support. Once they get accustomed to taking support, then they will be able to walk without any kind of support.

Your baby may not take any furniture support after some practice but you should always provide them with a toy for support till the time, they are a little older.

Now, they complete one year and will begin bending their knees and sit down after standing for a long time. This is not as easy as you think. This is the time when your baby may take a few steps in the room without any kind of help.

Walking requires a lot of stamina and energy at first so babies tend to fall sooner. Babies will need a lot of practice before walking properly. Most babies have wide feet and toes turned upside down and so fall often.

What is my role in supporting my baby walk?

First things first, strengthen his side

Let your baby sit on the floor so that he can practice on the floor at ease. You can make the process funny by putting a toy on the floor which he has to take. You can test his foot strength by allowing him to lean on a heavy toy wagon. Jumping also helps in making muscles strong. You can try this on the bed or on a soft surface. Exercise caution and let the baby not fall from the bed and get hurt. Use shoes that provide grip on the ground.

Walking track – By frequent walking practices, your baby can get a better motion of gravity. In this way, he can get more confident in his walking and start kicking a football in a year. Do not be hard on babies when they are learning as he will require some time in the process.

Play together – You should always spend some time with your kids which will provide them with a sense of security that there is someone who will look after them.

Encourage and don’t pamper – Babies should be active as it helps in strengthening their muscles faster. It also helps them with a good posture and prepares kids for learning. Let them fall a couple of times and learn.

Ensure safety on the floor – Keep your home safe by removing all dangerous things away from your kid’s eyesight as they can touch those and get hurt. Make sure the corners are looked at to prevent any accidents while kids trying to walk. Create more opportunities for your kids to walk and try preventing any kind of accidents.

Baby walkers, a strict no-no – Baby walkers are no good for babies as it hinders their growth and delays the process of walking. Many injuries are also caused by baby walkers and should be avoided at all costs.

The speed of walking of babies is inherited from parents and so, if any one of the parents has a late walk time, then chances are that your baby might also walk late. If your baby was born premature, then he may walk late.

What to expect next when the baby starts walking?

After your baby has taken his magical steps, now there are some things which parents have to follow which are listed as under:

  • Standing: When your infant is 14 months old, he may be able to walk all by himself and may also take some backward steps. He may take some squats and then get up again.
  • Walking steadily: By the time, they are 15 months old, they might be able to walk properly without any help. Their legs will be wide apart at this time and enjoy pushups. They will be able to maintain stability by keeping the feet upwards.
  • Stairs: By the time they are 16 months old, it will be fairly easy for babies to take the stairs but it is advised that parents stay by their side. They should provide him directions when taking the stairs.
  • Climb and kick action: 18 months is the perfect time that babies will start climbing up furniture and any kind of high surface. She might climb stairs easily but will need some kind of help while coming down. Babies will start kicking things on the floor by developing balance on one foot to rest on the floor.
  • Jumping: Jumping starts once babies are about 25 to 26 months old. Steps become more even with a heel to toe motion in a better perspective.
  • Continuous walk: By 1 year, babies will become better at walking and they will be able to walk with a single foot only. They would be able to do that without much waste of energy. Standing on tiptoes is possible once they are 1 year old. However, requires attentiveness and endeavor.

When should I be worried about my baby regarding walking?

There is a time when you should be worried about your baby walking pattern or not walking at all. CDC gives a record that babies have enough time until 1 year to walk. It is not such a concern that your baby is not walking even when they are about 19 months old. Not walking in time might have some kind of development like autism or any disease which might have come by birth. Don’t wait beyond 2 years and consult a doctor.

A 2012 study has shown that if babies are not walking at the required age, then they should be diagnosed properly to see what the actual problem is. Communication delays may lead to autism more largely. Parents are advised not to make any kind of assumption without a checkup.

There might be many reasons for late walking which are listed as under:

  1. Hip dysplasia
  2. Baby might be tender to develop weak bones
  3. Any kind of muscle problem
  4. It might be the personality as well sometimes which might lead to a delay

Final thoughts

Walking might seem such an easy job for adults which is quite difficult for kids and seems like an achievement to them. Walking needs a lot of confidence that you can do it. Keeping a supportive couch is important even if your baby knows the basic rule of walking. The going time varies from baby to baby and when they feel it is the right time, they will start walking. A pediatrician is the right person to consult for the development of your baby. 

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