How did your child learn to walk

Learning to walk: the first free steps

Development tables show average values

One motor milestone follows the next: From lifting their heads to turning, lifting, sealing, sitting and crawling, babies keep straightening up and finally get on their feet. All of this trains muscles, balance, coordination and body awareness and creates nerve tracts so that running is ultimately successful. "The milestones build on one another, babies largely reach them in the same order," says Heinz Krombholz. In the IFP's "Milestones Project" study, which is still running for about a year, the scientist examines the movement development of infants and children in the first two years of life. The evaluation of the previous data shows that the current development tables do not have to be rewritten: Babies stand on average at eleven months, five steps free walking at thirteen months, safe walking one month later. If a child reaches the individual motor milestones very early, it will also run earlier than average.

"It is a miracle that we humans learn to walk at all," says Krombholz. How complex the process is and how sophisticated the interplay between the brain and muscles is, is demonstrated by the example of technology for the motor skills expert: "Constructing a robot that walks on two legs is an incredible challenge for engineers. And as fluid as it is with humans it never looks. " The renowned American developmental psychologist Karen Adolph showed in a study that babies learn the ability to walk with great difficulty. She wanted to know how many steps children have to take before they can walk freely and safely. On average, according to the results, each child took around 14,000 steps a day, and fell around 100 times.