Part of the fun of being a parent is watching your child go from a helpless little being to someone who is asking you for the keys to the car. In the beginning, they rely on you to get them from place to place. But as they start to crawl, they begin to explore their surroundings and show the first signs of independence. And as the first birthday approaches, you may be anxiously wondering when they'll start moving around without your help. If you think you've got a little one on the verge of taking their first steps, you'll probably want to know the ways your baby is trying to tell you they're ready to walk.
According to Dr. Sears, babies generally begin walking around age one. But as with everything else, it totally depends on the child. Your baby could start moving around on two feet anywhere between nine and 16 months, depending on how long it takes them to master the balance, strength, and coordination required to walk.
You'll start to see signs that your baby is ready to walk when he starts pulling up on furniture, climbing up stairs, and cruising around the perimeter of your coffee table. And before you know it, your little daredevil will be doing his best Usain Bolt impression.
Although your baby's first steps will be something the entire family will want to celebrate, you definitely don't want to rush things. Because when he starts walking, neither one of you will ever sit down again. Here are a few ways your baby is trying to tell you that they're ready to take things step by step — literally.