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When Should My Baby Walk?

Oh the milestones.  Ask any mom.  They’re fun yet a bit stressful.  You wait with anticipation for your baby to roll over, crawl, smile, or laugh, but the big one is walk.

“At what age did your baby take her first steps?”  We’ve all heard it.  Or the dreaded, “He isn’t walking yet?”  Like we’ve done something wrong to contribute to the slower development.  BUT babies develop at different rates.

I had a friend whose daughter began walking at 9 months.  My daughter didn’t begin until 11 months.  Another friend’s son didn’t walk until 17 months.  So, what’s normal?

According to BabyCenter.com, most babies will take their first steps between 9 and 12 months and have mastered the skill by 14 or 15 months.  However, don’t get worried.  Some children don’t begin walking until 16-17 months and are perfectly normal.

Moral of the story?  As hard as it is, don’t compare.  As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Your baby is unique and you love her because of it.  Of course ask your pediatrician if you have concerns, but if he’s not concerned you shouldn’t be either!