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Walk the Line: When will your toddler start walking?

When your little one takes those first tentative steps, she’s not just putting one foot in front of the other. She’s building strength and muscles, exploring her environment, learning about problem-solving and visual perception, developing motor skills and so much more. Learning how to walk is an important part of your newly-minted toddler’s quest toward independence.

Is baby ready?

The journey to walking almost always starts with crawling. After baby has fully mastered the art of the crawl, keep an eye out for these telltale signs that walking is imminent: She’s sitting up on her haunches, scooting around and grabbing furniture to pull herself up to standing. Once she’s moved on to pulling herself up, holding on to the edge of something and moving all the way around it, she’s probably pretty close to letting go and taking a couple of steps. At first, her solo excursions will probably be limited to a few steps here and there -- from couch to table or person to person. Once she’s gained the confidence and strength to go further, she will literally be off and running.

When will it happen?

As with every developmental milestone, there’s no hard-and-fast age when walking happens. While most babies start walking at around one year old, some start as early as 9 months; others are content to scoot and crawl until 17 months. If your child hasn’t shown any signs of readiness or interest in walking by around 15 months, it might be worth having a conversation with your pediatrician to rule out any concerns.