Updated: Aug 22
I get asked this question all the time in my #babyclasses and its important to remember that every baby is different and will reach their milestones at different times. So below is just a guide to the most common order of events, as your #baby gets ready to walk. However, don't panic as not all babies will follow this timeline. In my experience, I've seen babies who hadn't yet sat up unaided, but started crawling and some that skipped crawling altogether and went straight to walking. Your baby will decide what it is right for them & how they are going to do it, all you need to do is to create a safe environment for them to learn & follow their lead.
Rolling normally comes first. Some babies can roll from as early as 4 months & leading up to this you may notice your baby rolling on to their side in readiness. From 6 months babies may be able to roll confidently in both directions.
Sitting normally comes next, as babies upper body & head strength develop. Most babies will be able to sit with support from around 6 months, once they learn how to lean forward, and unaided by 9 months.
You may notice your baby starting to rock on their hands & knees from around 6 months & crawling may start with baby shuffling around on their tummy (known as a commando crawl).
Once they gain their balance on their hands & knees, they are ready to crawl!
Finally comes walking, which can happen anywhere between 10-18 months. Most babies will start walking with your support as they learn to shift their weight from one leg to the other or 'cruise' against furniture. Once they have gained balance & feel more confident they will start to walk independently.
I hope this helps, but if you have any concerns about your baby's development please contact your GP or Health Visitor.