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Baby development: crawling, walking and talking


Baby development: crawling, walking and talking

“Just do your best. There’s no formula to parenting. So whatever you’re doing is perfectly OK.”


First thing’s first; it’s important to remember that every baby will develop at their own pace. There’s no set formula of crawl, walk, talk.

Some parents get to experience the joy that is their baby ‘bum shuffling’ or ‘commando style’ crawling across the room before they learn to crawl or walk. Others wait for what feels like forever for those first words, whilst some have become used to the sound of constant babbling.

Here you’ll find information and guidance on baby development, and answers to questions such as; when should a baby start talking? When do babies crawl? And when should a baby start walking?

When should babies crawl?

Your baby may start to show signs that they’re ready to crawl from the age of six months1, but for some babies this will happen at around nine months. For others, crawling might not happen until after their first birthday.

Do some babies not crawl before they walk?

Yes! Crawling is one of the milestones that isn’t actually set in stone, so if your baby isn’t doing it, there’s no reason for you to be concerned. It’s possible that your little one will bypass the crawling stage entirely, as they get straight on with the serious business of walking on their own two feet.


When should babies talk?


"Don't compare yourself to anybody, because every child is different."


The first thing you need to know is that babies understand a lot more than they can say. Between the ages of 12 - 24 months, it's thought that your soon-to-be-talking tot can understand five times more words than they’re able to say2.

From around 12 months, babies can usually say around three words. And by the age of 18 months, it’s possible that your baby will have a word bank of between 10 and 20 words3.

Here are a few things you can do to help your baby learn to chitter and chatter:

  • Look at your baby when you talk. They’ll learn lots from your facial expressions and the way your mouth is shaping the words.
  • Read to them regularly. There’s nothing like a good story to encourage your baby to want to know more.
  • Talk to your little one all of the time. Whether you’re doing the washing, working from home or decorating the house, tell you baby about it, they’ll learn a lot. 

When should babies walk?

For your baby, taking their first steps is a big (not to mention wobbly) deal! In order for them to feel confident putting one foot in front of the other, your baby will have experienced a good few months of motor development4, all in preparation for take off!

Prior to walking independently, your baby will probably start to pull themselves up into a standing position at anywhere between eight and ten months5 This is usually followed by what’s known as ‘cruising’, which involves your baby using whatever furniture they can find to help them get around a room on their feet.

As for when your baby will start to walk independently, there’s no fixed timeline here. It’s usual for babies to start walking between the ages of 12 - 18 months6, but some do it much earlier, others much later.

My baby is 1 and still isn’t crawling or walking, should I be worried?

We can’t stress this enough; all babies develop differently. Usually, in their own time and on their own terms. Whilst some babies walk before their first year, others don’t start to walk until they’re 18 months.

Before you start to worry, it’s best to look at the whole picture. If your baby’s motor skills are easy to spot, for example, rolling over, pulling themselves up or trying to grasp at things, it’s very likely that there’s nothing to worry about. Chances are that your baby is just taking their own sweet time7.

However, if you’re concerned about your baby’s development, there’s no harm in seeking advice from your doctor in order to put your mind at ease.

I'm worried my baby isn't developing


"There's pressure from friends, from family. They'll ask me how old she is. And then I'll say 12 months. They say, oh my daughter started walking when she was 10 months."


Once your baby is born, you’ll be offered a number of health and developmental checks to ensure that everything’s on track as your tiny tot grows bigger and brighter8. These provide the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions and talk about any worries you may have.

However, worrying is a natural part of parenthood. So, if you’re worried about your baby’s development in the meantime, it never hurts to talk to your doctor, midwife or health visitor to get the peace of mind that you need.

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