Finally, the time has come for Your Child to take the first step without support. This is a huge achievement; it is the stepping stone for so many other future developments.
It started from pulling to stand up and holding onto you or a sturdy piece of furniture for support, and finally, the big leap of taking the first step is here. This is a major development in the little one’s journey to explore the world independently. With time and practice, Your Child will soon be able to run, skip, hop and even jump before you know it!
How to support this development
Each baby’s development happens at a different pace; instead of focusing on the finish line — being able to take the first step — enjoy the small wins that come along the way. Help Your Child explore the world outside of strollers and walkers by being there for support. You can also let the little one explore around the house or get a push toy to encourage them to keep moving.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)