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Helping your baby to walk? Here’s what you should know

Whether it’s the first stage of ducky style nappy drag, the commando crawl, the grab everything and balance act or the classic first step, your baby’s first few moves towards independence are exciting to witness.




Here’s a quick walk through from sitting to walking – stages that you are soon going to experience with your little bundle of joy.


Walking Basics

From 4 -15 months your baby goes from learning how to sit up to walking around the house on their own. During this exciting time you can help Baby gain his confidence to take those first steps through simple games and words of praise.


Stage 1: Sitting

When Baby starts sitting on her own, without any support, she is at the first phase of gaining her mobility. Sitting will help your little one strengthen the muscles she will need when she eventually learns to stand.

Age: 4-7 months

What you can do: During play time, roll a ball or place a stacking game in front of her- this will help enhance her little muscles.


Stage 2: Crawling

The most important thing for Baby to do at the crawling stage is to practice moving her arm and legs at the same time (even if she does a belly crawl or a scoot). She will need these skills when it comes time to walk.

Age: 7-10 months

What you can do: Help her develop these areas by having her crawl from one side of the room to the other. Don’t forget to place a mat around the house else you’re going to have some heavily bruised knees.


Stage 3: Pulling Up

As your little bub becomes stronger and more curious, she will start pulling herself up with the support of curtains, table cloths, furniture, or mom and dad. This is when you can start working on balance and getting her familiar with the standing position.

Age: 8 months

What you can do: Help Baby pull herself up then show her how to bend her knees to get back down to the floor. This will help ease her falls when she starts taking steps on her own.


Stage 4: Walking with Help

As she starts to pull herself up and gain balance holding your hands, help her take the first few steps. This will help her with the next phase of walking and help her gain confidence to take those first steps.

Age: 8-9 months

What you can do: Practice, practice, practice – this is key for Baby when she is at this stage. The more she gets used to standing and being on her feet – the more likely she will feel comfortable to take those first few steps.


Stage 5: Cruising

Baby will then start using walls and furniture to get around. This is referred to as cruising. As Baby becomes more mobile make sure your home is completely baby proof and all furniture is secured to the wall.

Age: 8-9 months

What you can do: Encourage Baby to become more confidant while cruising and try to let go of the wall or furniture. Just make sure she has a soft landing spot.


Stage 6: Standing Without Help

Balance is a key part of walking. If Baby can stand and balance for a few seconds she will soon feel like she can try to take a step.

Age: 9-12 months

What you can do: Turn balancing into a game. Sit with Baby on the floor and help her stand up. Then count how long she can stay up before she tumbles. Give her praise after each attempt.


Stage 7: First Steps

The first steps are a monumental moment for your little one — so make a big deal out of it. Walking is all about confidence so everything leading up to those first steps need plenty of praise and encouragement.

Age: 9-12 months

What you can do: Cheer Baby to her first steps by sitting on the floor and guiding her, slowly, as Baby gains her balance let her walk on her own.


Stage 8: Walking

It may take a few stumbles and series of steps before she is on the move. Continue to praise Baby as she starts to explore walking. Keep in mind that some babies are going to prefer to crawl, and may do a crawl/walk before she is on his feet regularly.

Age: 12-15 months

What you can do: Encourage walking as much as possible. For example, when you set baby down put him in a walking position instead of a sitting position.


As excited as you are about your baby taking her first steps, try to be patient. Every child has his/ her own time frame for reaching this milestone.Don’t worry if your child takes a little longer, though. Some perfectly normal children don’t walk until they’re 16 or 17 months old. The best help you can offer: Be encouraging, set up safety measures and wait. Soon enough, the pitter-patter of little feet will be all over your house!