What is the average age for babies to start walking?
For every parent it’s a magical moment when your child takes its first steps! This is a process which you can’t speed up. A child decides all by themselves when they are ready for their first step. The average age babies walk is about 14 months.
Even when children are able to walk they will still crawl a lot. They do this because it gets them to their destination faster. As soon as children are able to walk they are often literally unstoppable. That is why their walking is often combined with a lot of falling.
Which factors influence the average age babies walk?
- Size: larger babies start walking later than smaller babies. This is because they have to be stronger before they are able to walk.
- Ear infection: ear infections can disrupt the balance and therefore delay the walking process.
-Birth order: a younger child can copy an older child and learn walking faster.
- Personality: The speed with which babies learn to walk can have something to do with their personality. Some kids are more careful and don't start walking until they are certain they are able to. Other children take more risks and try walking as soon as they understand it's a possibility. The age children start walking generally says more about their personality than their ability to play sports.
Who on average learns how to walk sooner, baby boys or baby girls?
Girls often develop motor skills sooner than boys, and thus often walk sooner than boys can. The average age that girls learn to walk is between 12 to 13 months. Boys learn to walk when they’re about 13 to 15 months old.
At what age will a baby be able to walk?
The average age that babies start walking is when they’re 14 months old, but there are children that take their first steps at a much younger age. At the earliest, some babies can walk when they’re about 9 months old.
Which phases does a baby go through before it starts to walk?
Here you can find a timeline of the walking process of babies:
Birth to 2 months – step reflex: baby moves his legs when you hold him up in a standing position above a hard surface.
3 to 4 months – does mini push-ups. In doing this, babies build muscle in the upper body to help them walk later.
5 months – baby moves up and down when you hold it in a standing position. This helps build strength in its legs.
6 to 9 months – baby learns to sit. While sitting a baby learns crucial skills to be able to walk. In this phase the baby also learns to crawl and is able to stand while supporting itself.
9 to 12 months – can pull itself up and stand, holding on to an object. The baby can move trough the room while holding on to objects, this is know as 'cruising'. Later the baby might be able to stand without holding on to anything. In this phase the baby can possibly take its first steps while holding hands.
12 to 15 months – in this phase it is likely that the baby is able to walk, although not without difficulty.
In the months and years after this the child will develop more and more motor skills. When the child is about five years old it is fully able to walk, run and jump.
At what age should you start worrying when your baby isn't walking yet?
If your child can’t walk after 18 months, there is still no reason to panic. However, if you worry that something is wrong, it is wise to contact your GP.