Your walking baby

Advice on when to expect your baby to start walking, including information on the steps involved in learning to walk, toddler development and buying baby shoes.
Learning to walk is a key milestone in your baby's life.

Over your baby's first year he or she will learn to sit, roll, crawl, pull up onto the furniture and stand.

Most babies take their first steps between nine and thirteen months. However do not worry if your child does not walk until the sixteenth or seventeenth month, this is still perfectly normal.

At about eight months your baby will probably start pulling him or herself up whilst holding onto furniture. If you hold him or her near a piece of furniture, to begin with, he or she will hang on, but after a few weeks your baby will begin to move around whilst holding onto the furniture, known as 'cruising'.

At about nine or ten months your baby will begin to learn how to bend at the knees and how to sit after standing.

At eleven months your baby will have mastered standing solo, stopping and squatting, but will not take his or her first steps for a few weeks.

At thirteen months most toddlers are walking on their own, however it is genetics and environment that determine when your baby will take his or her first steps.

By eighteen months your baby should be a proficient walker. Many can get up stairs with help and may try to kick a ball.

At twenty five months or so your child's steps will be more even and he or she will get better at jumping.

You can encourage your baby by kneeling infront of him or her and hold out your hands. You could also try buying a toddle truck.

Baby walkers are known to make it too easy to get around and therefore prevent a child's upper leg muscles from developing.

Hold off buying shoes until your baby is walking outside. Going barefoot helps improve balance and coordination.

Do not be concerned if your baby has been a little late in developing motor skills e.g. rolling over, crawling etc he or she will probably need extra time to learn to walk. However if your child does not demonstrate a strong interest in walking or forward mobility by fifteen months and seems to be significantly behind consult your doctor. Your child should show a strong interest in getting somewhere, how he or she gets there is really up to them.

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Well,according to my experienve a child will walk when they are ready, there is nothing you can do to make them walk early. My sister's 11 month old has been walking holding until things since she was about 6 months (8 months with a walker which i shop online from Babeez world few months back ) but did not walk alone until 10 1/2 months. She did not let go until she was physically, mentally, and emotionally ready. Don't rush childhood for your baby, allow them to be themselves, and grow up when they are ready, because before you know it they will be asking for the keys to the car, and be running out the door.
by Dhanushi 12th Jan 2012, 9:14am
I personally never really knew when my child was supposed to walk,But experiencing your childs very first step, is so cute to me.We all have to grow up.That is a part of life. Watching a family grow together, always been important to me.
by dough 19th Dec 2011, 4:38pm
I am so happy to hear there are other bum shufflers who are not walking yet. Our 14 month old is still scooting along. Our other two walked well before 1 year old. Guess he won't be a superbaby like so many others posted

by 3boysmomma 26th Oct 2011, 4:50pm
hi my 14 month old daughter i have noticed when shes walking around outside one of her feet point outwards is this normal?
by chloe79 8th Sep 2011, 9:32am
Hey my son is 14 months.. And still not walking yet... he is cruising about the sofa and other things... Is there anything i can help him... every chance i get to help walk he always walks a wee bit holding my hand and then gaves up and wants down to crawl.. He would only walk with me if i was holing onto both hands...Thanks
by Danielle1990 17th Feb 2011, 8:57am
My son is 20 months old, he did not start walking until 15 months old after being a bum shuffler! He won't walk flat on his feet, just walks and runs on his tip-toes so falls over a lot. Has anybody else had this experience? thanks
by dlewis 17th Jan 2011, 2:56pm
My son is 13 months now and he is still not walking. He took 5 steps a week ago and since then when I get him to stand up to walk, he cries. He cruises around furniture, climbs up and climbs down the proper way but he just seems to not be able to walk. I'm starting to get worried since he has a cousin who was born a premiee that was born within the same month and he's been walking for almost 2 months now. He also does not sleep thru the night yet either. Should I worry? Should I be freaking out this much?
by vsmom 8th Nov 2010, 10:35am
I would suggest buying baby shoes that help the baby walk, they are great and a good way for your little one to build confidence and balance. They are also LESS likely to drop on their little bottoms and gain control of their stance.
by chiona1 3rd Nov 2010, 9:21am
Beccalou82: I am in exactly the same situation as you with my 18 month old. She has been bum-shuffling for 6 months now, is super-speedy and is showing no interest in walking. She can stand but whenever we encourage her to stand or try and take a step she sits down, shrugs her shoulders and shuffles off. I worry sometimes, but other times I think what the heck becuase she seems to be advanced in other respects. I think if she's not walking or showing signs of walking by 24 months I re-evaluate the situation then but not worrying for now (apart from the fact she is scuffing all her lovely shoes and trousers!)
by Perry 13th Sep 2010, 9:59am
im getting really worried about my daughter she is nearly 18 months old and wont pull herself up, does not put any weight on her legs if you hold her and is showing no interest in doing so, she bottom shuffles around the floor to get what she needs but i know that her development is so behind please give me some advice on how to encourage her to use her legs
by beccalou82 12th Aug 2010, 11:03am
My daughter is 8 and a half months and has been crusing for 3 weeks she holds onto the sofa and turns around and basically runs towards me if im looking or not she has managed 3 steps on her own then falls over in fits of giggles and if she grabs 1 of my hands she walks all they way round the living room with hardly any support. i didnt think she would be this quick but she has no fear and hates being still.
by Ameliasmummy 12th Aug 2010, 9:40am
My son is 21 months!! Amazing little boy. He started walking when he was 7 months old...He's been talking in sentences before he was one. He's almost got all of his teeth already....He jumps. kicks. climbs...Hes the happiest baby EVER. He learns VERY fast also.
by DaniMarie89 12th Aug 2010, 9:19am
My 1 year old toddler has started walking but i want to know the time she will start to talk. thanks
by bookiestate 11th Aug 2010, 5:15pm
My 1year old toddler has started walking but she does not like shoes! she actually throws herself about and not aloow you to put shoes on her...what can i do?
by Sek 11th Jun 2010, 5:28pm
My baby is 10mnths, he started pulling up at 81/2mnths, he took few steps from one furniture to another around 91/2 mnths. He takes few steps when you kneel in his frot and can stand on his own for 20 secondsbut not showing signs of walking on his own yet. Will he walk soon?
by febby 14th May 2010, 4:07pm
My 17month old son didnt start taking his first steps till he was about 15 and half months old but now his loves being on his feet he started crawling about 6 months all babys are differnt..
by babychar 14th May 2010, 3:44pm
Don't worry about it. Your baby will do things in their own time and pushing them to do something they clearly are not ready for may even set them back by knocking their confidence. My little one is 14 months and has just started trying to take a very wobbly unaided step. She has been crawling for about 4 months now but couldn't roll over until a month ago. She'll do things when she's ready and I will help her all I can when she shows interest. The information above is out dated. The average age for walking is now 15 months. If you are seriously concerned about your child then take them to see your doctor. You know your child better than anyone.
by Mellowmum 27th Oct 2009, 2:30pm
My 13 month old son is a very fast crawler is now taking a few steps, but I wouldnt worry about kids not walking as quickly as others. He just likes to get around as quickly as possible so not really that bothered about walking. Also all babies are different just like us some like just sitting and talking while others like rushing about being busy, I like sitting and relaxing unlike my son who likes to be in 5 different places at once (just like his dad haha)x
by madamezoie 25th Sep 2009, 2:58pm
Thank you Mummy M and Phaedimus, I feel so much better after reading your comments. My son is nearly 18 months and he is a bum shuffler. He had no interest in getting on his feet, he cried when we made him stand, but in the last month he's at least shown an interest in standing and walking of a sort (he looks like a puppet), and he can only stand if you lean him over the sofa. He doesn't crawl and only rolls onto his side and back again, but he can talk and sing and tries to count and he understands everything you say to him !
by ellemc1 11th Sep 2009, 3:32pm
My daughter started cruising around the furniture at 10 months and was walking before her 1st birthday which we though was good going! Though with a tiled floor the falls were no fun whatsoever. My son on the other hand is not yet 7 months and he is pulling himself to standing and has started to cruise round the furniture. I blame his sister for egging him on. Although he is a big lad for his age (nearly 25 lbs) it is very strange for such a young chap to be so mobile and quite stressful. He mastered sitting himself up, crawling and pulling himself up to standing within 3 weeks. I worry he will be taking the car for a spin in a couple of months at this rate!
by Sulla1105 24th Aug 2009, 9:02am
It distresses me to see the comments of distressed parents about non-walking children. They will walk when they are ready! My daughter has only just started walking at 23 months. Before this she only bum-shuffled (at tremendous speed!). Bum shufflers walk later - they can travel fast and carry things, where's the motivation to walk? We just kept on trying with her to walk her holding hands etc. - mostly she would just lift her legs to be carried! I think what changed thing was nursery and seeing the other kids. Then it all happened in a couple of weeks. Don't worry, they won't be bum shuffling to college!
by Phaedimus 18th Aug 2009, 9:01am
My Daughter is nearly 23months old and is not walking. She can not stand up straight yet only if she leans and support her bum weight on my legs or leans on the sofa. She has just started to pull her self up on one knee. But is a very quick as a bum shuffler. We have made special water proof trouser for her so she can play with other children in the garden. She loves playing football with her cousins. She makes up is singing and talking and can count to 12, so no need to worry as she is very happy amd sleeps thought the night.
by MummyM 15th Jun 2009, 9:30am
Hi my daughter is 17 months and is still not walking. She doesn't stand on her own and will only pull up to her knees. I'm very concerned and have been to ped and started physio. Ped requested some blood work to start and see if we can find the problem and go from there. I suspect maybe hypotonia-anyone have experienced this and how is the child now? She is a very good talker and very bright-quick leaner and loves to read book and repeat words. I'm just stressed and need some support from people that have gone thru this.
by mama0111 28th May 2009, 9:15am
Hi my daughter is 14 Months old and isn,t showing any intrest in walking or indeed pulling her self up. she cry's when we try her in the walker and even when we try stand her up. she is a mighty fine Bum shuffler though any suggestions????
by Steveemma 14th May 2009, 9:39am
my youngest daughter is soon 16 months and she refuses to stand and cries when we try to get her to. she wont even try to pull herself up on anyone or anything. so no standing no cruising and no walking. she's a bum scooter and loves it but getting concerned that shes not doing anything else. any sugestions
by concerned 23rd Apr 2009, 9:24am
my daughter is 13 months and is pulling herself up and walking along the furniture! she walks along with her walker aswell! its only been in the last couple of days that she has stood alone for a few seconds, i think it will be a while before she actually lets go, i think she prefers crawling, as she doesnt like it when u try and stand her up!
i was walking at 9 months, and my partner was at 10, so it really is different for every child!!
by donut86 20th Apr 2009, 9:23am
My son start his own little step around 11 months old. He used to walk around holding the wall or furnitures. Until one day, when he was 12 months and 2 weeks old, I brought him to a park, no wall, no furniture, he start to walk on his own. The next day, I found him have more confident to walk without holding anything at home. Practice make perfect, and the experience bring him confidence. Everyday, i can see his progress.
by lotuslee 11th Dec 2008, 9:35am
Hi CareCare, my daughter is nearly 2 years and she only started walking at the age of 1 year 10months. Does your sister's baby shuffle on her bottom? If yes, than it is quite normal. My daughter took so long to walk but she already knows how to count, sing and recognise shapes. Everyone develops at his own pace. Take care.
by pe79 3rd Dec 2008, 8:01am
My daughter is 2 next week and is not walking on her own yet. She has never crawled and hated being on her tummy. She started bum shuffling at about 15 months. I took her to the health visitor at 18 months and they referred her to a paediatrician. They told us that she had low muscle tone and is hypermobile. She has since started walking if we hold her hands, but hasn't quite got the confidence to le t go, but last night took 3 tiny steps on her own :0).
Every child is different, and do things at their own pace. Although my daughter doesn't care for walking she's a very good talker!!!
by layna16h 3rd Dec 2008, 8:01am
My daughter is 10 months old and walking. My sisters daughter is 17 months old and has no interest in walking. She scoots everywhere and doesn't even have an interest in pulling up on things to stand. Our family is constantly comparing the two girls. My concern is that maybe something is wrong with my sisters baby. Is it normal that she isn't pulling up, standing, or walking at 17 months? She only cares to scoot to get where she wants to go.
by CareCare 24th Oct 2008, 8:57am
does any 1 have any idea how i can get my 12 month old daughter to walk without holding on to me or her stepdad
by cowgirls 19th Nov 2007, 11:38am