First Time Parent Guide: Expecting Your Baby's First Steps
A baby’s first steps are a thrilling event for a new parent and you may find yourself getting anxious about how long it will take your baby to walk, whether he or she is prepared, and what the process will be like. The more you know ahead of time, the more you can be free to appreciate the magical moments of your baby’s first steps as they happen.
As you anticipate your baby’s first steps, here are some tips to keep in mind.
When will my baby take their first steps?
Babies usually take their first steps around 12 months of age, with some variations. Your baby may begin walking earlier than this or it may be a bit later. It’s important to remember that, for a young one, learning to walk is hardly a linear process. It involves some stumbling and experimentation. Luckily, there are things you can do during the first year of your baby’s life to help set the stage for his or her first steps.
What can I do to help my baby take its first steps?
There are many ways you can help your baby make progress toward independent walking. Lots of locomotion helps, which is why you should encourage your baby to move around, roll, and sit up, when he or she seems ready to do so.
A key component of the process is “tummy time.” Make sure you spend time with your baby every day encouraging him or her to lie belly-down. This allows your baby to explore and experiment with new ways to move. If “tummy time” is initially challenging for you or your baby, you can add blankets, pillows, or cool toys to the process. As long as it’s safe, it should be fun, too! Soon, tummy time may be one of your baby’s favorite ways to spend time with you. Take your baby for walks outside or enjoy car rides together. This will help your baby build courage and confidence as he or she comes to feel more at home in the world.
When your baby takes its first steps!
When it seems as though your baby is getting ready to walk, make sure it’s on a soft surface, such as a mat or soft carpet. Your baby may stumble and fall. This is part of the process, not just of learning to walk, but of becoming a fully functional and independent adult. But, make sure to take the time to celebrate each step! It’s an exciting time for them.
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