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Getting Ready to Walk
Baby's first steps are cause for celebration. About 25 percent of babies take their first steps by 11 months of age; others wait until 15 or 16 months.
Most babies pull themselves to a standing position for the first time between 6 and 10 months. They hold on to furniture, crib, playpen rails or your leg.
The next step is called cruising. Baby holds on to furniture and walks sideways. As the child practices, he will stand further away from the furniture, using it only for balance.
After baby is confident about walking while holding furniture, she is ready to take steps while holding your hands. This can be scary for her, so go just a few steps unless she wants to go on.
Falls are quite common when baby first starts walking. You can help by watching for safety hazards and offer praise and love when she gets discouraged.
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