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Seeing your baby take their first tentative steps is one of the most exciting moments of being a parent.
It's a big step towards independence (literally) and you'll want to be prepared! So let's run through when and how most babies learn to walk, how you can encourage your little one's first steps, and how to keep them safe once they're able to toddle from A to B on their own.
Learning to walk is a key gross motor milestone on a baby's developmental timeline alongside other big movements like sitting, jumping and climbing, and little ones start to prepare for walking as early as three months of age.
Anywhere between nine months and 15 months, most babies will have the muscle strength, balance, and coordination to make their first independent steps.
It's important to remember that all babies are unique and develop at their own pace. Learning to walk takes time, but if your baby isn't walking by 18 months, don't hesitate to reach out to your family doctor or health visitor for support.
While learning to walk is an exciting time for you and your baby, accidents can happen. These tips can help you to baby-proof your home when your baby starts to become more mobile.
To make sure that their feet develop healthily, experts advise that parents don't buy their baby's first pair of shoes until they're walking confidently. Once they can walk solo, a toddler only really needs to wear their shoes when walking outside.
Make sure their feet are measured by a professional and you should check the fit of their shoes regularly.
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