After your baby walks – what’s next?
After those first magical steps toward independence, your child will begin to master the finer points of mobility:
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- Standing: At 14 months, your toddler should be able to stand alone. She can probably squat down and then stand back up again, and she might even work on walking backward.
- Steadier walking: By 15 months, your child may be pretty good at walking. She may enjoy push-and-pull toys while she toddles. At this age, she will walk with her legs fairly far apart and her feet pointed outward. This is normal and helps her maintain stability.
- Stairs: At about 16 months, your child will begin to take an interest in going up and down stairs – though she probably won’t navigate them with your help until her next birthday.
- Climbing and kicking: It’s likely your child will be a proficient walker by 18 months. She might like to climb all over the furniture, and she can probably motor upstairs – though she’ll still need help getting back down for a few more months. She may try to kick a ball, though she won’t always be successful, and she probably likes to dance to music.
- Jumping: At 25 or 26 months, your child’s steps will be more even, and she’ll have the hang of the smooth heel-to-toe motion adults use. She’s also getting better at jumping.
- On the go: By the time your child’s third birthday rolls around, many of her basic movements will have become second nature. She’ll be able to walk up and down stairs with one foot on each stair. She’ll no longer need to focus energy on walking, standing, running, or jumping, though some actions, such as standing on tiptoes or on one foot, might still require concentration and effort.