Navigating the early stages of parenthood can be an exhilarating experience. From every milestone moment - from the first sweet smile and to the first uttered words - to the most highly anticipated event: watching your little one take those wobbly, first baby steps. It is a major milestone, representing growth and the start of independent exploration.
As a parent, it is natural to be eager for your baby's milestones and have a camera ready to capture them. While the timing and process of walking is unique to each child, there are supportive measures you can take to aid your baby's journey. Continue reading to learn more.
When do babies start walking?
Your infant will usually take their first baby steps between 9-18 months of age. Be sure to be prepared to follow their footsteps when they do! Walking is a gradual process that occurs when their feet muscles are strong enough. It is a development milestone that only occurs when the infant is ready.
What are the signs that a baby will walk soon?
Signs of a baby's approach to toddlerhood often present themselves through behaviours such as taking wobbly steps. Additionally, there are three notable developmental markers that can be observed. Has your baby begun standing unassisted? Is your baby bearing weight on their feet while sitting? Can they walk while holding onto an object? These are all clues that your little one is on their way to taking those first steps!
From the toy-soldier-esque crawl to the funny bum-scoot, there are countless ways for your baby to get around before they can walk. With your guidance and aid, your infant will investigate their environment. They'll discover their own distinct technique for getting around and will surely provide lots of sweet snapshots and videos along the way!
Pulling themselves up and standing on their own
As your child's development progresses, it won't be long before they're able to pull themselves up into a standing position. Through this activity, they'll increase their leg muscles and coordination, setting them up for successful walking in the near future.
Reaching the cruising stage is an exhilarating point for babies, since it is one of the closest they can come to taking independent steps. When cruising, the baby can use objects and furniture to pull themselves up and move around the room, but they may not yet have the balance or courage to take their primary steps without assistance. It won't be long until they make their first solo steps!
How to encourage your baby to walk
Transitioning from cruising to walking can be facilitated by taking your baby's hand and gradually loosening your grip to signal security. You can also kneel in front of your baby and entice them to take steps by enticing them with their favourite toy or a mirror - infants are mesmerised by their beautiful reflections!
Should babies learn to walk with or without shoes?
Babies' feet are delicate and require protection - so opt for baby pre walking shoes that are comfortable and fit well. Choose pre-walker shoes that are made from natural materials, such as leather, are light-weight, flexible and the an adjustable closure.
When should I get my baby first walking shoes?
You can purchase your baby shoes from newborn size and beyond. Many parents decide to buy their baby's first shoes as soon as they arrive, while others wait until their child becomes more active. When your child begins to take their first steps, perhaps consider buying them their first pair of 'big kid' shoes to help spur them on!
Best baby walking shoes
Look for shoes that are crafted with a barefoot design to give your child's feet space to grow and develop. When they start to take their first steps, choose shoes with a lightweight, flexible and non-slip sole for better grip on the floor.
Our collection of baby pre-walker shoes come in a range of gorgeous colours and styles, hand-made from premium leathers that are soft against skin.
First Baby Steps: Advancing Your Infant Toward Walking