There will be many milestones in a baby’s first year but the most exciting part for parents and family is first steps of a baby. Babies start walking at different times. Some babies start walking earlier than 12 months while some babies start walking after their first birthday. You should never compare your baby’s progress with other babies. If you are concerned about your baby’s progress, you should talk to doctor. You should take care of your child when he/she starts walking as it is one of biggest challenges for parents to keep the baby safe.
Your baby learns to walk in steps. These steps are:
- When your baby is at the age of 6 months, he/she will learn to sit independently.
- At the age of 6 to 9 months, baby will crawl from one place to other.
- At the age of 9 months, the baby will try to stand up with the help of a support.
- At the age of 9 to 12 months, baby holds onto different things such as furniture to take some steps.
- Baby will walk independently later after these months.
At the age of month 12:
- You can encourage your baby to walk by this time. The best way is to grasp your baby’s hand while baby is trying to walk. This will develop confidence in baby to walk on those two little feet.
- Avoid wheeled walkers as they can increase chance of baby’s injury. The baby moves fast and can fall from losing balance.
- Help your child walk in house under close supervision.
Safety should be your first priority when baby begins to walk. Make sure that your home is safe by considering the following things:
- Putting child locks on doors and cabinets to protect your child from unsafe items.
- Installing a gate cross stairways to prevent your child from falling down.
- Padding sharp corners of furniture to protect your child from falling.
- Wipe up spills as they can make the floor slippery.
- Use a non slip bath mat if the surface of your washroom does not have a non slip surface.
There can be some medical conditions and disabilities that can cause a delay in development of a baby. For example baby with Down syndrome start walking late at the age of 2 years. If your baby is healthy and there is no disability or medical condition but still he/she has not started to walk yet then you should see the doctor.
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