How To Encourage Your Baby To Walk

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Last Modified 28 June 2023 First Added 5 June 2023

Welcome to the world of baby milestones!

As a parent, watching your little one grow and develop is one of the most exciting things you’ll experience. The stumbling, the babbling, and the giggles are enough to turn a difficult day into a wonderful one.

From that first cheeky grin to their adorable army crawls, every baby’s first few years are filled with milestone celebrations and heart-warming moments that will last a lifetime.

You may be feeling eager for your mini-me to take their first steps into independence, but don’t be too eager, eventually, the only way you’ll be able to catch the little rascal is after they’ve fallen asleep.

Before your baby is ready to walk, there are several mini milestones they will naturally conquer.

Within the first year or so, development is focused on their motor skills and muscle strength, from a simple head lift to their tight hand grip (watch out for your hair!), your baby will develop all the necessary skills such as balance and coordination.

You will soon notice how active and curious your child is with their surroundings. With a little patience, a lot of encouragement and some playful tricks up your sleeve, you will have your little one walking before you know it.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help your baby take their first steps:

baby on its tummy on a bed looking at the camera

Give them plenty of tummy time

This not only helps strengthen their core and neck muscles but also eases them into being on their belly more often, which is crucial for crawling and eventually walking. Plus, it’s a wonderful opportunity for some belly laughs and silly faces.

Hold their hands and walk with them

This helps build confidence and gives them a sense of security as they take their first steps. And provide plenty of praise and encouragement along the way.

Create a safe and obstacle-free environment

Remove anything that could trip up your little one and make sure they have plenty of space to explore. Clear away electrical cords, cover sharp corners and have plenty of soft surfaces for those inevitable tumbles. We recommend having a look at some play mats.

Use toys as motivation

Let your baby play with toys that encourage standing and walking. Encourage exploration and place a toy just out of reach and watch them make their first moves. They will love the challenge, and you’ll love the results.

Dance with your baby

Put on some music and get your groove on. Dancing is a wonderful way to encourage your baby to move their legs and take those first steps. (Let loose, no one is judging your moves!)


Your little one is always learning and exploring. Help encourage them on their journey of movement and sing along with musical toys, dance around the room with them and cheer them on as they make small advances from shuffling to first steps.

mum is holding baby's hands and helping baby to walk across the room

Your Baby Is Growing…

The following timeline talks you through several physical developmental milestones to be expected within the first year of your baby’s life.

From rolling to sitting, from scooting to walking, there will be no stopping your little acrobat.

Every baby is unique, and they grow at their own pace. Nevertheless, here are general development phases that babies will reach as they grow from 0 to 12 months old.

Hello, BIG world! (0-3 Months)

During these first few months, young babies will be learning by observing the world around them. They will be spending most of their time sleeping, eating, smiling, and discovering their senses and eventually limbs.

At this age, your baby’s motor skills are still limited. But they might surprise you with their strong grip, as they learn to grasp and feel their surroundings.

There are a variety of options for newborn gifts, from soft toys to toys that are rich in textures, lights, and sounds. This is the perfect time to introduce a baby to gentle play.

From Babbling to Sitting (3-6 Months)

At this stage, your baby will begin to discover their arms and legs. They will start to sit up, roll over, and continue to take in their surroundings.

They will also develop their hand-eye coordination as they reach for bright coloured toys and new sounds. This is an exciting time to introduce them to new toys and activities, like rattles and plush toys.

The Explorer Phase (6-9 Months)

As your baby continues to grow, they’ll become ever so curious of their surroundings.

They will be getting stronger by the day and will start to roll and sit up.

Watch out for furniture, as they will be determined to explore every nook and cranny of your home. Be sure to encourage them with toys like ball pits, tummy time rollers and musical toys.

Bye-Bye Baby, Hello Toddler (9-12 Months)

Get ready for some adorable wobbly steps, as your baby is on the journey of independence.

Your baby will begin crawling and shuffling on their bottom to eventually pulling themselves up to stand and attempting those first steps.

From their first birthday, your child will be well on their way to becoming a little walker. With your encouragement and support, they’ll be taking more steps every day. And, before you know it, they’ll be running and jumping into a world of imagination.

Encourage them with toys such as baby walkers, building blocks, activity cubes and bath toys.

mum and dad helping baby to walk between them both in the lounge

From Tummy Time to Tots on the Go: The Best Toys to Encourage Your Baby’s Development

As a new parent, you want to give your little one every opportunity to grow and develop. But with so many toys on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right ones. Fear not! We have the best toys to encourage your baby’s development from 0 to 12 months old.

Tummy Time Fun:

Get ready to bring some giggles and fun to your little one’s playtime with the VTech Baby Little Friendlies Glow & Giggle Playmat! This funky playmat features lights, music, and adorable animal characters that will keep your baby entertained for hours on end.

The more your baby kicks and plays, the more it giggles and glows!

So, let your baby put those tiny feet to work and watch the magic unfold. And don’t worry, this baby playmat is made of the softest materials, so your baby can play to their heart’s content. Suitable from 0 months to 3 years .

Sit, Play, and Learn:

Introducing the Blossom Farm Martha Moo Sit Me Up Cosy.

Your little calf with be moo-ving and grooving in no time!

With its soft and cosy materials, this playmat is the perfect nest for your baby to relax and play in. The sturdy base supports and protects your little one’s back so that they can sit up and play with their toys. And not forgetting about the colourful fabric and pattern petals that will keep your baby entertained for hours as they explore the soft textures.

When playtime is over, the Blossom Farm Martha Moo Sit Me Up Cosy is easy to fold and store, making it the perfect on-the-go playmate.

Child sits in a plush cushion.

On the Move:

The Fisher Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo is the perfect bouncy adventure chair. Suitable from 6 months to 12 months.

This jungle-themed jump chair will have your little explorer bounce and run throughout the day. With lights, sounds, and new animal friends, your little one will be improving their hand-eye coordination and physical development as they watch the monkeys jump and the lion spin.

The sturdy frame and seat spins 360 degrees, so your little adventurer can explore all the fun jungle friends as they spin, dance, and jump for joy.

Baby plays in a baby walker.

Baby’s First Steps:

Looking for a way to help your little one take their first steps with confidence? Look no further than the VTech Baby First Steps Baby Walker!

This fantastic baby walker is not only packed with fun activities, music, and lights to keep your baby entertained, but it also provides a sturdy base for your little one to lean on as they find their footing.

It also grows with your baby, converting from a sit-to-stand walker to a push-along walker as they get more confident on their feet.

Baby plays with baby walker.

Walking Adventures:

Meet the VTech Baby 2-in-1 Push and Discover Turtle Baby Walker – the ultimate tool for helping your little one explore the world around them. Suitable for toddlers from 12 months to 3 years.

This playful turtle is packed with fun activities from musical melodies to learning to count, fitted with colourful lights and motion sensor sounds and phrases, that will keep your baby entertained as they move around. The easy to grab handle is perfect for little hands and easily detaches for two ways of play.

Toys are a wonderful way to encourage your baby’s development, but it’s important to choose toys that are appropriate for their age and abilities. From plush playmats for tummy time to toys that encourage standing, there are endless options to choose from.

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