There are many factors that determine when a baby walks. A baby’s genes and a baby’s personality will play a part in when the baby will walk. Some babies are walking by the age of six or seven months already, while other babies are only taking their first steps well after they have their first birthday. The average age for a baby to start walking is between nine and twelve months. To answer the question when do babies walk also comes down to the baby’s activity level, if they have a great sense of fear or not and also how adventurous the baby is. You should consider taking your baby for an evaluation with a paediatrician if they have not begun walking by the age of fifteen to eighteen months.
Your baby will develop muscle strength and co-ordination in the first year of his/her life. There are ways in which you can assist your baby in learning to walk. If you live in a warm climate, or if you have a warm home in a cold climate allow your baby to walk around barefoot. Ensure that there are no sharp objects on the ground that your baby might be able to injure themselves with. It is easier for your baby to learn to walk when they can feel the surface of the floor beneath their feet. If it is too cold or if the floors are slippery, you can dress your baby in socks that have rubber or non-skid soles.
Try to limit the amount of time your baby spends wearing shoes to when they are outside the home. Do not purchase shoes that are heavy. This will be too difficult
for a baby who is only attempting to walk. Choose a shoe that allows your baby’s toes to move around freely and ones that are lightweight. Square toed shoes are usually the best option. A baby’s feet grow at a rapid rate, so don’t invest in very expensive shoes. Choose less expensive shoes that are also comfortable because you will be changing them fairly often.
When your baby progresses from crawling to walking, he will be pulling himself up by holding on to furniture. Sometimes a baby is not sure how to get back down. If this is the case with your baby, don’t just pick him up and put him back down on his bottom. Rather show him how to bend his knees so he will be able to sit down without falling over. Then let him do it by himself.
If you want to encourage your baby to walk, hold both his hands and walk him towards you. This will help him get used to the movement. You can also kneel in front of him with your arms outstretched toward him, encouraging him to walk to you this way.
On average by the age of about eighteen months, your baby will be a good walker. He’ll probably be able to get up stairs without a problem, but will need help getting down. Remember that your child is still a baby and you will need to keep an eye on him at all times.