Let's be real for a minute: babies spend a whole lot of time doing absolutely nothing. They need us for everything, so it's pretty damn normal for us parents take delight in even the tiniest accomplishment. Holding their head up on their own, rolling over, smiling; all worth of celebration. However, among the most exciting (and memorable) of milestones is baby's first steps. I asked women to describe the moment their baby started walking and in perusing their responses, it's easy to see that it's often one small step for baby, one giant leap for parentkind.
When a baby takes their first steps can vary tremendously from child-to-child, even within the same family. Some children can't wait to stumble through their little worlds and begin traipsing about around 9 months. (My son actually took his first steps the day he turned 8 months old. Honestly, it was almost creepy to see a child that little walking.) Other kids want to take their time, and it's perfectly normal for them to wait until almost a year (or beyond) before they start toddling.
Whenever your particular child decides to debut their sweet new moves, it marks the beginning of a new and exciting stage; one of high energy, constant movement, and falling. So, so much falling. (Don't worry, most of them get over it. Of course, then there are babies like me, who turn into adults like me, who are just endearingly klutzy for the rest of forever. We go on to lead rich and fulfilling lives, though, so have no fear.)