According to Dr. William Sears, 50% of baby walking usually begins by one year, but there is a wide normal range of when infants typically begin to walk, which is between nine and 16 months of age. The National Institutes of Health reports that most children are walking well between 12 to 15 months of age. The path to walking typically includes infants pulling themselves to standing, cruising between objects for support, holding onto an adult’s hand and then walking independently. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urges that baby walkers not be used as they do not help with learning to walk, they eliminate the desire to walk and they pose a serious safety hazard as they can top over easily. Instead, nannies should encourage parents to opt for a stationary activity center.
Some infants go back to crawling after walking until they gain more confidence, balance and coordination. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “a few children never do crawl. Instead, they use alternative movement methods, such as scooting on their bottoms or slithering on their stomachs.” As long as the baby is learning to coordinate each side of her body and is using each arm and leg equally, there’s no cause for concern. For babies who crawl, they’ll typically do so around nine months.