A Baby’s first 5 years are full of achieving milestones. Parents get excited whenever the baby starts doing something new from sitting, standing to walk on its own. If the baby starts crawling and cruising, you will be anxious when does baby will start walking? Well, every baby has a different age of start walking from 9-15 months. It depends upon many factors like
- The personality of a Baby
If the baby does not care about fall, again and again, he may start walking early. If the baby is cautious and fearful of falling, he will not start to walk until he gains balance. So watch for your baby’s personality whether he is a risk-taker or contemplative.
- Size and Weight of Baby
Bigger babies are usually late walkers because they are unable to balance the weight of their bodies. In the contrary small sized babies get balance and learn walking quickly.
- ENT Problem of Baby
Having recurrent ear infection, flue, or soar throat is a big problem in gaining balance for babies. If the baby suffers from ear, nose, or throat problems, he may find it difficult to walk.
- Having Siblings
Babies try to mimic their siblings. If the baby has an older sibling he will try to reach out for brother or sister by walking.
- Motivation and Encouragement
Most babies become much more interactive and active when they reach 9-months of age. That’s an exciting time for them because they just unlocked a wide range of new toys. For example, they can get a taste of what walking feels like by using a walker, they will enjoy rolling in a ball pit full of plastic balls, if the weather permits, they can even go out to practice pedaling on a tricycle.
Stages of Walking
To walk independently babies need to master prior stages that help babies to get balance. Here are 5 basic stages.
- Sitting 4-7 months
When starts sitting on its own without the help of a pillow, baby sitter, or bobby, it is the right time her muscles get stronger for mobility. Encourage your baby to move forward by throwing a ball towards her.
- Crawling 7-10 months
In an attempt to move forward, the baby learns to move its legs and arms at the same time and starts crawling. Praise baby at the time of crawling to motivate him to move around in the room at its own.
- Pulling up 8 months
The Baby’s muscles get stronger with sitting and crawling and become curious to pull the nearby furniture or walls to try to stand up. When you notice a baby pulling up, you must be cautious about little things having choking hazard and baby proof your house immediately.
- Cruising 8-9 months
Cruising the stage when the baby takes the support of the wall and furniture to move around. When you notice baby cruising you can give the baby a push walker that may help baby to learn walking. These Baby Walk Toys help babies to gain balance and stand up independence. When the baby learns to stand sill without help, he is ready to take the first step.
- Walking 12-15 months
When the baby takes the first step, prise baby, do clapping, and motivate her to come forward. In this way, the baby learns walking on their own.
At what age baby starts walking?
Usually during 9- 15 months depending upon the various factors baby start walking. Motivate babies by giving different props and helping walk toys to strengthen the muscles to take action.
Is a walker dangerous for babies?
Everything has its own pros and cons. Walker helps the baby to explore the surroundings and helps in standing, and taking steps. But parents should keep an eye on the baby’s activity in a walker ti avoid injuries or reaching for dangerous objects. Moreover do not let your kids remain in the walker for a long time. All babies love to be in a walker especially if it has a play station too.
Should babies wear shoes when learning to walk?
Barefoot is good when the baby learns to walk. Because it helps them feeling different textures and surfaces underneath the feet. It strengthens the feet muscles and he’s in gaining balance. But if your baby is outside the house then the baby should wear shoes. Baby shoes must be soft and skid-free.
What toys will help my baby walk?
A push toy may help the baby to learn to walk independently without the fear of spinal curvature. Because a push walker does not give the freedom of sitting or lying as the traditional walker does. Push walkers should be used in the parents’ supervision at the start.
What is considered late for a baby walking?
Usually, babies walk for 12- 15 months. But if your baby is not ready to stand independently up to the age of 18 months, he may be considered a late walker. You should consult a doctor.