Teaching Your Baby To Walk

Your baby will begin to try walking at about 14 months old. Learn how to help her take her first steps.

When you're realizing that your toddler is beginning to stand up and wobble around, holding onto furniture and toys in order to hold her balance, your instinct is to immediately encourage her to go ahead and try taking her first steps.

The process of a toddler walking takes some time. Sometimes it will be months between the time when your toddler likes to stand up and the time when she is actually going to walk. Usually, your child will be standing by the time she's 10 or 11 months old. But most toddlers won't start walking until they're 14 to 16 months of age.

When you see your toddler wobbling around, you may have the urge to push your child to walk. This is the worst thing you can do. Be patient. Remember that there are a lot of things your child is trying to do at this time, including exploring the world, trying to speak, and eating. She doesn't need to be forced to do one thing more than another. Don't worry. If your child doesn't walk immediately after standing up, it's no big deal.

The best thing you can do is to help out when your toddler comes to you for help. If your toddler appears to want to try to walk, give her a helping hand or something to guide her along. But don't force her to walk. If she's not in the mood, she won't walk.

Toddlers tend to walk bowlegged at first. Be sure not to force your child to hold her legs together or expect her to walk completely like adults do. They'll learn that with time. First things first. They need to be able to walk on their own, regardless of style. As long as you let your child learn to walk on her own at her own pace, your child will learn to walk just fine. Give her time.

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