On a recent sighting in Los Angeles, Arthur, born July 25, 2011, toddled along the sidewalk while shopping with Mama. The Cruel Intentions star has tweeted non-stop about Arthur's first steps since May—when he was only 8 months old!
What does this mean in terms of infant development? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies between 8 and 12 months old become increasingly mobile as their leg and torso muscles strengthen. By their first birthdays, most babies have already mastered how to:
- Sit without assistance
- Crawl forward
- Creep on hands and knees supporting trunk on hands and knees
- Pull self up to stand
- Walk holding on to furniture
- Stand momentarily without support
Some babies may be able to take two or three steps without support, and other early walkers may take many more steps than that. But to go shopping with mom? With more than a month to go before his birthday, Arthur's confident stride definitely puts him ahead of the curve.
Have a little one who just isn't interested to take those first steps? Some babies do such a great job at crawling, they may not feel the need to walk just yet (and on the flip side, some early walkers never crawl). By 15 months, most babies are walking, but the AAP encourages parents to trust their instincts about developmental milestones. If you think your baby is developing at a different pace, put your mind at ease by talking to your pediatrician.
As for Arthur, now that he has walking down, talking seems to be next. As Selma proudly tweets, "He said 'dog' yesterday. And he wasn't talking about me. Phew."