Do you remember when your baby took its first steps? It is sure to be a magical moment!
The following baby walking surveys are both about getting started and when your baby actually learned to walk. It’s subjective what walking is, of course, but let’s say it is when your baby starts walking instead of crawling to actually get further than a few steps.
Many babies take their first steps at the age of 9 to 12 months, but the actual walking begins for an average baby at the age of 14 or 15 months. But there are big variations. Some really leave at 10 months; others wait until they are 17 or 18 months old or older.
How do babies learn to walk?
Babies and toddlers don’t just start walking one day. There are several steps and milestones that babies go through before they take their first steps.
1. Belly time! The very first milestones in walking are actually achieved through the tummy time! During the tummy time, the baby’s neck and back are strengthened and head control increased. In addition, tummy time is important for learning to turn around and finally sit up. If your baby hates tummy time, check out the tips in this post.
2. Crawling. At some point your baby will start to move, usually by varying the crawling. (Check out our crawling poll here!) When the crawling is mastered, the baby begins to pull up to stand, followed by a cruise.
3rd cruise. If your baby starts cruising while holding onto the furniture, walking is usually close! First, your baby will naturally stand up and speak a step or two while holding on to something. But if the cruise is done with more confidence, the first independent steps are near!
4. Getting started. Once your baby takes the first steps, it’s only a matter of time before it starts. However, the time can vary. Some babies start to run very fast, while others prefer to cross or crawl for some time. My eldest son took his first steps fairly early, but kept crawling when he needed speed until he was 20 months old!
5. Go! Eventually your baby will really start walking. The run! Many 18 month old toddlers don’t seem to be able to walk – they just run! 🙂 Your baby or toddler also climbs stairs and chairs. This is an intense time when you really need to make your home childproof and never have to leave your little one alone.
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Baby walking milestones on video
Here’s a great video that shows all the milestones a baby goes through to learn to walk. And below you will find the baby walking surveys!
Baby walking surveys
Now let’s take a look at the baby walking surveys! As I wrote, we have two of them; one for your baby’s first steps and one for when your baby has learned to walk.
When did your baby learn to walk? Vote below! Share your experiences and learn about the situations of others. A voice for everyone or your child! 🙂
Any surprises from the baby walking surveys? When did your toddler or baby learn to walk? Comment with your thoughts below! 🙂
If you’re interested, here’s a baby crawling survey. Here is a link to all surveys, including breastfeeding, pregnancy, parenting, and more!
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