When Do Children Start Walking?

It is nothing short of a wonderful experience to watch your children develop into toddlers from babies, and ultimately start talking. However, babies actually are different from each other and thus every child begins to learn new skills and start walking at his own pace. Dads and moms are usually worried and often ask when babies, on an average, start walking. The general answer to this is that they start once they are ready. However, if you want to know about the signs of walking as per months, read on.

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6 to 9 months

Your little one will learn how to sit up without any help, and then start with crawling. Some babies tend to avoid crawling and progress directly to walking. However, they usually return and start crawling at some point. That is the milestone for infants immediately before they begin to walk, and you should note this down as a result.

9 to 12 months

During this time, your little one will start hauling himself / herself to a standing posture while grabbing a piece of furniture. He will be capable of standing up without any help for a few moments at a time, and will start figuring out how to return to sitting from a standing posture. He will also start cruising or walking while grabbing something to enjoy stability. Although your baby walks during this time, it is not walking in the proper sense of the term. If your child is unable to even sit up without assistance during this time, you should consult a pediatrician.

12 to 18 months

During this period, your baby grows into a toddler as he toddles about. In other words, he can walk – although it might be in an unsteady or wobbly fashion. Consult your pediatrician in case your little one has not started to walk by 15 months of age. Although it is still in a normal range, 15 months happens to be a good time when you should check with a pediatrician so that any problems can be resolved early.

It is worth noting that a few kids are naturally more conscious compared to others. They might wait until they feel ready enough to walk. You might not even realize that your child is a cautious one, but a few signs can be tell-tale. For instance, he might take a few steps now and then but avoid going for longer distances. On the other hand, a non-cautious child might not mind falling down for a few times while trying to walk.