Baby Walking

Baby walking is initiated by strengthening the muscles to take their first steps. Babies start to crawl between the age of 6 and 13 months. At the period of 9 to 12 months, the baby tries to stand. At the age of 8 to 18 months, they begin to walk for the first time. If the baby cannot take steps beyond 18 months, it is necessary to consult a pediatrician to check its development.

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What could be the reason for the unsteady gait of my daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter was a late walker. She started to walk when she was 18 months old. Now, at 20 months, it feels like she is still very unsteady and her gait is weird. I have attached a link to a video of how she walks. Please see it. Is there a real reason to be concerned or is it normal af...  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After seeing the video (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that she walks with an ataxic gait. There may also be some component of spasticity (stiffness in her lower limbs). It looks a little abnormal because she is tripping and falling. This c...  Read Full »

Kindly help me to parent my 7 months old baby girl.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a mother of a seven months old baby girl. I have a few doubts regarding parenting. She is still only crawling and sitting and not yet standing. We are concerned if we are giving her enough time and place. How long and how many times in a day we should keep her on the ground for her ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you are new to parenting and anxious about the health of your baby girl. Seven months old baby crawling and not able to stand is normal. Babies usually stand by around nine months and should be able to walk by around a year. Do not be so aggressive in maintai...  Read Full »

My 15 month old baby is having difficulty in standing. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, My child is 15 months old. He is not standing well. He does crawl and pulls up his knees. When I try to stand him up, he is reluctant and seems to be scared and cries when standing. I am worried. Should I be concerned? Do I need to check his hips? Had appointments with a doctor and he ne...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most babies take their first steps by their first birthday. Most toddlers have walking unaided, often with uneven steps. Do not worry, if your baby takes a little longer time. Some children do not walk until they are 17 months or 18 months old. You should stimulate the ...  Read Full »

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