Here are the steps your child will take on the path to becoming an adept walker.
Learning to walk involves much more than footwork!
We’ve also given typical ages, but keep in mind that this is just a rough guideline.
Some kids walk as early as 8 months, others as late as 17 months. There’s a wide range of what’s considered normal. If you’re ever concerned about your child’s progress, check with her doctor.
Birth to 2 months: Walking reflex. If held in a standing position on a hard surface, your newborn will move his legs as if he’s walking. The reflex disappears around 6 weeks of age. 3 to 4 months Does mini-pushups, which consist of lying on her tummy and raising her head and chest off the ground, using her arms for support. This builds upper body muscles crucial for walking.
5 months: Bounces up and down when held in a standing position. This movement helps your baby build leg strength. Quick tip: Remember to child proof your home before your baby becomes mobile – which is right around the corner
6 to 8 months: Learns to sit. Sitting on his own develops your child’s neck strength, head control, balance, and coordination – all important skills for walking. Most babies also learn to crawl between the ages of 6 and 10 months, although some skip it altogether and move straight to walking.
8 months: Can support herself in a standing position while holding on to something. A couple of weeks later, your baby will be cruising, or taking sliding steps while holding onto something for support.
9 to 10 months: Pulls himself up to a standing position with the aid of a sturdy object, such as a sofa or table leg. Figures out how to do deep knee bends in order to sit after standing.Toddler
11 to 14 months: First steps! At 13 months, 3 out of 4 children are walking, though awkwardly. (By the way, those outstretched arms of her “Frankenstein” walk help keep her balanced.) Not long after that, your toddler learns to stoop down and stand back up again.
14 to 15 months: Your child may enjoy push-and-pull toys, and he may even be able to walk backward. Red flag: If your child isn’t toddling by 14 or 15 months, bring it up with his doctor. This is still within the normal range of development, but now’s a good time to check for anything that may be delaying the milestone.
16 months: With help, your toddler can walk up and down the stairs.
18 months: Dances to music.
19 to 24 months: May increase her speed to a run. Enjoys carrying something in her hands while walking. Toward her second birthday, learns to jump from a low step to the floor.Preschooler
25 to 30 months: Can motor up (but not down) the stairs alone. Comfortable with running. Is up for a game of tag or Ring-Around-the-Rosy.
31 to 36 months: Can now jump on the ground, feet together, and zip left and right. (Dribbling a ball will come later.)
4 years: Is learning to balance – and hop – on one foot. He probably prefers one foot over the other.
5 years: Has mastered earlier skills and can now do it all – walk, run, hop, skip, and jump.
Courtesy: Baby Center Expert Advice Home