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Your Child’s First Steps – Sooner or Later?

lionSpending some time with friends recently brought up some interesting baby talk among us.  As I've said in previous posts, I have a TON of friends who all got pregnant around the time E and I did. We share a lot of the same stories and ask each other a lot of questions to increase our knowledge in regards to being first time parents.  One thing that came up the

other day was when your child will take their first steps.  I remember Grayson crawled for the first time in August of 2013 and took his first steps in mid-December (only weeks before his first birthday).  He’s now walking all over the place and has been since about 11 months and 2 weeks of age.

My point is that they go from laying on the floor, to crawling, to walking in the blink of angrayson eye.  My friends were concerned because their son isn’t taking steps yet and is going to be 1 in a few weeks.  I told them that it could happen at ANY DAY! It goes from ZERO to walking instantly.  Personally, I think he’ll be walking by his birthday but if not, there is no reason to be worried.  A great article from Baby Center recently discussed this EXACT topic so I had to post it for them and for all of our friends who are waiting for their first children to take their first steps and start walking!

Here is what Baby Center had to say:

Many children take their first steps sometime between 9 and 12 months and are walking well by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. But don’t worry if your child hasn’t let go of the coffee table yet. It’s also perfectly normal for kids not to take that first step until they’re 15 or 16 months, or even later. (Learn more about when kids walk.)

Encourage both cruising and walking by giving your child lots of opportunities to move without help and by not picking him up and carrying him too often. You can encourage a tentative walker by arranging furniture so there are safe and convenient handholds all along his path. Remove any dangers he might grab on to, such as a dangling tablecloth or electrical cord.

If your child is trying to toddle, he might feel more secure if he can hang on to one of your fingers, or if he puts his hands in the air and you walk behind him, holding his hands. A push toy provides walking practice, too. Just make sure it’s stable and has a wide, secure base.

Two walking aids you don’t need: walkers (the American Academy of Pediatrics says they’re unsafe and actually discourage kids from learning to walk) and shoes in the house. Bare feet, socks, or the popular soft-bottomed “baby shoes” help a beginning walker practice balance and coordination. Reserve real shoes for protecting your toddlers’ feet outdoors.

 

Cheers to milestones…they come and go so fast!

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