There are many milestones in a baby’s first year and baby first steps. The most exciting may be baby’s first steps. On average, babies take their first steps around the time of their first birthday.
The timeline is different for every baby. Some babies start walking earlier than 12 months. Some babies don’t walk until after their first birthday. Don’t compare your baby’s progress to your friends’ babies or your other children. However, talk to your baby’s doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s progress.
From nature to nurture, this docuseries explores the groundbreaking science that reveals how infants discover life during their very first year.
In this episode: Scientists venture into the ways that walking changes a baby’s world and unveil findings on neonatal reflexes, skeletal development and talking.
Walking introduces a new independence for your baby. It can lead to a new set of challenges for parents, as well. The biggest challenge is keeping your baby safe. You can encourage your baby’s first steps by having one or two push toys to make it fun. Do not be tempted to buy an infant “walker,” as these are dangerous for your baby.
US Rating: TV-PG. Parental guidance suggested.
Things to consider for Baby first steps
Safety is your first priority when your baby begins to walk. Your baby will have access to things they didn’t have when they were crawling. Childproof your home to keep your baby safe, including:
- Putting child locks on doors and cabinets to keep your child away from unsafe items, rooms (bathroom and garage), and chemicals.
- Installing a gate across stairways to keep your child from falling down the steps.
- Padding sharp corners on furniture to protect your child from falls.
- Placing pots and pans on the back of your stovetop to protect your baby from burns.
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