Walking is one of the most significant milestones in a baby’s life. At the time signs of walking begin, you realize how fast baby is growing. It probably seems like just yesterday you brought her home from the hospital all cuddled up in her receiving blanket. At the time she was perfectly content to stay snug and secure in mom or dad’s arms. When babies learn to walk, not so much. This content baby staying still doesn’t last long.
As the months go by that contentment begins to exhibit a bit of restlessness. Many parents often find as baby grows she gets “squirmy” and is focused on an intent to explore the world around her. She is not yet at a point of independence where she can navigate her way across the room, but is not completely satisfied with the view around her; she wants to see more!
Over time she begins to rock back and forth, scoots or inches across the floor. Before you know it, she has proudly pulled herself up to a standing position. Often this may occur while tightly clinging to a piece of furniture, but the feeling of prides shines through as baby turns and looks at you with an ear-to-ear grin.
Soon thereafter, “cruising” will begin. Cruising occurs when baby begins to navigate the room and goes on quests to travel to places afar (just imagine how far the diameter of your living room must look to her). That proud grin from pulling up may be replaced by an expression of pure determination as baby becomes acutely aware of her mobility and budding skills.
At this time baby typically focuses on this navigation and looks to discover ways to effectively get to the other side of the room by holding onto objects such as sofas, chairs, tables and other various types of furniture; even people are not off bounds to accomplish this feat. Adult legs are a perfect grasping point if there are no other standalone furniture pieces in the direction they want to head.
After cruising commences, it usually is not too long until baby starts walking. There is no specific month when a baby begins to walk; it is said on average babies walk between 9 and 15 months, but each baby is different. It is possible walking may begin as early as 7-8 months, or occur sometime after their first birthday; even as late as 18 months is considered within the spectrum.
Babies develop learning how to walk at their own pace and set their own timetable in reaching this very poignant milestone. There are many factors which play into how a baby decides to take this important milestone which include size, determination, and interest, to name a few.
Babies grow rapidly and in different ways. Some children seem to get teeth early, others start to talk, and then there are those who concentrate on learning to walk. A baby’s first step is a memorable day and one to be treasured, and it will happen when they are ready.
The time where babies learn to walk is a special time. Cherish it, before you know it, she will be in school.
Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.