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Walking is one of the important milestones in baby’s growth and development. Sitting, crawling, pulling up are some of events which lead to walking in babies. Read on to find when a baby should start walking.

The first year with your newborn is sure to be full of firsts. Walking and talking are considered to be the most awaited milestones of a baby’s life. Not all children start walking at the same age. Some start early, others late.

Here in this article you will find information on sequence of various stages involved in walking. Normally all children follow this sequence which ends with the baby getting around on her own.

1. Sitting - Most infants try to figure out how to use their muscles in their trunk and sit up after they turn six months old. Some babies may start late and do this only when they are around 10 months old. This is because the baby’s legs will require a lot of strength to lift the entire body. Considering that more than three fourths of our body weight is from the hips on up not all babies will have strong legs to support the body weight required for sitting or standing.

2. Crawling - This is the second stage during which the baby will learn to move her arms and the legs at the same time. These skills are very essential and will be required by the child when she finally starts walking. Normally, babies in the age group of 7 to 10 months start crawling. Parents must encourage the child by praising her and motivating her to crawl under their supervision.

3. Pulling Up - With the support of furniture, walls or an adult the baby will start pulling herself up next. This will happen gradually as she gains strength and becomes more confident about crawling. Praise your little ones efforts during this stage and make her feel comfortable in the standing position.

4. Assisted Walking - After a baby learns to pull herself up she is ready to take a few steps. Parents can hold the hands of the baby to help her balance herself at this stage and encourage her to take the initial steps confidently. Needless to say praise and practice are both very essential for the child during this period. The more you encourage her to stand and be on her feet the faster she will gain confidence to start walking on her own.

5. Standing all by Herself - Once a child masters the art of balancing on her feet she will be able to stand on her own without support. Initially this may be for only a few seconds. Gradually with practice she will be able to stand for longer time and eventually start walking.

6. Taking Small Steps - This is one of the glorious moments in an infant’s life which most parents look forward to. Encourage your child and praise her for her small steps - this is an absolute must to boost her confidence which is required for walking. Cheer her and guide her whenever required. Once she gains her balance she will be able to confidently walk without support.

Encouragement is one important thing which parents can do to motivate the child to walk. There will be plenty of opportunities in day to day life which parents can make use of to make the little one walk. For example, once a baby has taken her first steps, instead of putting her down in a sitting position she can be put in a walking position whenever possible. Even if the parent is sitting in a chair the child can be held on the floor in a walking position.

When should parents start worrying about their baby not walking? Most children start walking by the time they turn 16 months old. Some babies prefer crawling even after talking their first steps, Hence, parents must be patient and do their role of encouraging the child to walk. Parents must not get unduly stressed and push the child to walk by making use of push toys and jumpers till such time that an infant is 16 months old.

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