Walking 1 to 2 years

There is no right age for your baby to start to walk. Your baby’s first unsupported steps will probably occur sometime between nine and 15 months, but there’s a wide variation on either side of these figures. The reason for this is not known, although very often there’s a family history of early or late walking. Despite the very wide variation in the age at which babies learn to walk, they all have to pass through the same well defined stages of development before they can walk with confidence and good balance.

Babies can stay for a variable length of time in each phase and you should never make the mistake of trying to push your baby too hard to move from one phase to the next. You will give the greatest help if you are ...

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