12 to 14 months
As your baby's balance improves, she'll occasionally let go of you (or her favorite piece of furniture) to take a step by herself, only to grab you again when she feels like she's falling. At first, she may only be able to take a step or two before losing her balance, but soon you won't be able to keep up with her. Don't worry about your baby needing the "extra support" of shoes -- in fact, they may make it harder for her to walk. But for outside walking, shoes are a must. Choose a flexible pair with nonskid soles for safety.
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