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    Baby Learning to Walk

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    You’ve carried your baby for nine months and they are developing fast. If you’re a first time Mom, you’ll especially want to know when babies start walking so read on to find out!

    Below are the stages that your child will take on their journey to fully walking. Learning to walk involves much more than moving one foot in front of the other. This is just a rough guideline as all children are different but we’ve included approximate ages also to help you best gauge the situation with your own child.

    Birth to 12 months: Foot Development

    Birth to 2 months
    Develops step reflex which means if held in a standing position on a hard surface, the newborn will move around their legs as if they’re walking. This reflex will disappear again at around 2 months.

    3 to 4 months
    Has the ability to do mini-pushups. When lying on their tummy, they can raise their head and chest off the ground, using arms for support. These mini-pushups are important as they build the upper body muscles that are crucial for walking.

    5 months
    Bounces up and down when held in a standing position which helps build leg strength. Starts to "tripod" by leaning forward on forearms for support when seated.

    Top Tip! Now is the time to consider childproofing your home as your baby becomes more mobile.

    6 to 9 months
    Learns how to sit. This requires neck strength, head control, balance, and coordination which are all also required skills for walking. Most babies also learn to crawl between 7 and 10 months but some skip that stage altogether and move directly to walking. At this stage also, they may be able to stand while holding on to something. 

    Note! If your child can't sit while supported by her hands by 7 months, or can’t take some weight on her legs when you hold her up, it is best to visit the doctor for a check-up.

     9 to 12 months
    They can pull themselves up to a standing position (for a few seconds) using the aid of a sturdy object like a couch or chair. Understands how to do deep knee bends so they can sit after standing. They may be able to walk while holding hands and some babies may take their first steps!

    Toddler

     12 to 15 months
    The child is probably walking, with awkwardness. They might enjoy push-and-pull toys.

    Note! If your child isn't toddling by 14 or 15 months, bring it up with her doctor. This is still within the normal range of development, but now's a good time to check for anything that may be delaying the milestone.

    16 to 18 months
    With help, your child might be able to walk up and down stairs. She may even be able to walk backward. Likes dancing to music.

    19 to 24 months
    Speed of walking increases sometimes to a run. By the second birthday, they might be able to kick a ball, stand on tiptoes, carry something in their hands while walking, and jump from a low step.

    Preschooler

    25 to 30 months
    Can move up and down stairs while holding onto a railing or your hand for support. Comfortable enough to run.

    31 to 36 months
    Can now jump up and down on the ground. By age 3, he can go up and down stairs by changing feet on each step.

    4 years
    Learning to balance – and hop – on one foot but might prefer one foot over the other. Can move up and down stairs without support.

    When Does Your Child Need Shoes?

    When Babies Start Walking: A Training Shoe

    Once your child is confidently walking around on their own including outdoors, it is definitely time to start looking for their first pair of shoes. It is important not to rush it though as the feet are developing and finding their shape so only put her in shoes when they are walking outside. Going barefoot actually helps improve balance and coordination so while your baby is learning to walk around the house, let her go barefoot. If she can feel the ground beneath her feet, she will be able to balance and coordinate her steps better. At this stage, the baby's bones are soft, and pushing them into a pair of shoes at too early a stage can really squash her feet and prevent them from growing properly.

     When you decide the time has come to get your baby’s shoes sorted, it is best to take your baby to a shoe shop for their feet to be measured by a qualified shoe fitter. Make sure they display a certificate of training or that the fitter has a badge of merit. The shoe fitter will advise on the type of shoes to buy, you can then order your baby shoes online safe in the knowledge that you have done your research.

     

     

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