How To Help Baby Walk

Download: Activity Guide to Help Baby Walk and Stand
Pictures, Videos, & Expert Instruction provided by PTs

Step by Step: Activity Guide to Support Independent Standing & Walking

Hands-On Activity Guide to Help Baby Walk with Pictures, Videos, & Instruction

This guide, created by expert pediatric physical therapists, will highlight your baby’s journey to standing and walking independently. Help baby walk and stand independently with these easy-to-follow activities! 

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When Do Babies Walk?

Standing and walking are highly variable skills. Independent standing and walking occurs on average at 11 months and 12 months, respectively. However, there is a wide range of months that you may see these skills emerge in your child and it is okay if your child is not yet demonstrating these skills by the average age!

If your child is not standing independently by 14 months or not walking independently by 16 months, we typically recommend a discussion with your pediatrician about a referral to physical therapy. 

If you want to help your baby walk, this is a great place to start! We recommend this guide to babies who are confidently pulling to stand and can stand while supported.

As pediatric physical therapists, we have vast experiencing supporting babies to walk, stand, and reach all gross motor milestones.

Why is the Walking Milestone Important?

The walking milestone is important for babies as it represents a major step in their physical and cognitive development. Here are a few reasons why walking is a significant milestone:

  1. Promotes Independence: Walking allows babies to explore their environment and move around independently. It gives them the freedom to explore, reach for objects, and interact with their surroundings, which is crucial for their overall development and learning.

  2. Motor Skills Development: Walking requires the coordination of various muscles and motor skills. As babies learn to balance, take steps, and navigate obstacles, they develop strength, coordination, and gross motor skills. Walking also contributes to the development of fine motor skills as babies start to refine their hand-eye coordination while reaching and grasping objects.

  3. Enhances Cognitive Development: Walking is not just a physical achievement; it also stimulates cognitive development. As babies walk, they learn to navigate their environment, make decisions, and problem-solve. Walking engages their senses, spatial awareness, and memory, contributing to their overall brain development.

  4. Social Interaction: Walking opens up new opportunities for social interaction. Babies can now actively participate in play with peers, siblings, and caregivers. They can engage in games, follow others, and explore social dynamics, fostering social skills and emotional development.

  5. Confidence and Self-Esteem: The ability to walk independently boosts a baby’s self-confidence and sense of achievement. It allows them to explore their capabilities, try new things, and develop a positive self-image. Each successful step they take further enhances their self-esteem and motivation to learn and grow.

How to Help Baby Walk

Introducing our hands-on guide to help baby walk and stand independently! This fun, comprehensive guide provides you with all the essential information and practical tips you need to help your baby reach this important and fun developmental milestone. We recommend this guide to babies who are confidently pulling to stand and can stand while supported.  


What You’ll Find in the eBook:

  • Practical activities for promoting walking skills, including over 10 activities that are fun for you and baby

  • Video demonstrations of all activities by our pediatric physical therapy team

  • Detailed descriptions on how to progress each activity as your baby learns to stand and walk more confidently

  • Our top five recommended toys to help baby walk and stand (some may surprise you!) 

  • Red and yellow flags to look out for on your journey to help baby walk

Why this eBook is Different

Unlike other guides, our eBook is written by experts in pediatric physical therapy, with years of experience helping babies reach gross motor milestones like walking and standing! Our guide is a fun and can easily be incorporated into your baby’s awake time and busy schedule.  Stop researching how to help baby walk and start with our fun, interactive guide today! This guide will support baby to stand independently and take independent steps. 

How to Help Baby Walk Today!

By downloading our guide on sitting milestone skills for infants, you’ll be setting your little one up for success and promoting healthy development every step of the way. Our exercises are fun, safe, effective, and easy to follow!

About Us

Fit Family Physical Therapy is here to help! We created the ultimate guide for to help baby walk and help baby stand! 

Walking allows your baby more independence during playtime, builds confidence, and increases social interaction! Independent standing serves as the crucial precursor to walking in babies, providing them with the foundational strength, balance, and stability needed to take those first steps.

You can also check out our detailed tummy time free download or our infant gross motor development milestones free download for even more help in those first few months.  

If you or someone you know has questions about how to help baby walk, tummy time, or infant milestones, reach out to us at Fit Family Physical Therapy with questions! We are happy to help! We can help answer questions, evaluate and provide custom treatment plans for any gross motor delays.

This PDF download includes pictures, videos and detailed instructions for helping your walk and stand independently! It is appropriate for most babies 10 months and up. 

Download today!

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