Many parents including myself have asked this question, and to be honest, it’s not until now that i can give a clear answer with some thoughts on how to look beyond the obvious.
Let me paint the scenario, and you tell me if this is you as a parent. Your baby has been crawling for some time now, and you have researched the internet to see the average age of when a child is supposed to start walking. You become nervous because your baby is either past the age mentioned or coming up on it and they don’t seem to be interested in walking one bit.
The real answer is that babies are all different just like adults. If you were to ask Eric Clapton or Neil Young how long it takes to become a decent guitar player, you would get different answers. There are lots of actors that determine when your baby will walk, including their personality.
My girl for example had no interest in walking until recently. She is almost 14 months old, and still can’t quite walk on her own that well. I have come to realize that when she is ready she will running all over the place in no time. Some babies can take even longer before they take their first steps. This doesn’t mean they aren’t going to walk. It simply means they just aren’t ready. Remember as a parent you can’t force something to happen.
What You Can Do As A Parent
One of the best things you can do as a parent is usually the obvious. Encourage your child by holding them with both hands, and practice guiding them. Clap and cheer for them when they do something positive. The more confidence your baby has, the easier it will be for them to learn. Additionally it may seem like you want to catch your baby every time he or she falls. As i learned this doesn’t always encourage them to become better at something on their own. The more your child feels like they can rely on you to carry them around the house the less motivated they will be to actually learn to improve their mobility.
So don’t fret if you feel like your child should be walking. just let them grow on their own and offer as much encouragement and support to learn as possible. Make sure you give them some space to learn things on their own, but at the same time show them you are just a few feet away to offer love and support.