Baby’s First Steps

Baby boy taking first steps to mother sitting on floor

There are many milestones in a baby’s first year. The most exciting may be baby’s first steps. On average, babies take their first steps around the time of their first birthday. The timeline is different for every baby. Some babies start walking earlier than 12 months. Some babies don’t walk until after their first birthday. Don’t compare your baby’s progress to your friends’ babies or your other children. However, talk to your baby’s doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s progress.

Walking introduces a new independence for your baby. It can to a new set of challenges for parents, as well. The biggest challenge is keeping your baby safe.

Path to well being

Learning to walk occurs in stages for babies. As your baby’s muscles develop, the stages leading up to walking typically include:

  • Learning to sit independently (around 6 months old).
  • Crawling (around 6 to 9 months old).
  • Pulling up to stand (around 9 months old).
  • Holding onto furniture to take a few steps (around 9 to 12 months).
  • Walking independently (one or two steps before falling between 11 and 13 months, or possibly later).

Make it easy for your baby to take his or her first steps in your home by moving furniture…

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