DD is 17mths and took her first steps about a wk ago
However she still doesn't walk far and will only manage about 8/10 steps, any further than that and she will still crawl
However she cruises up and down furniture etc fine.
Basically I am just wondering whether it is now time to buy her her first pair of shoes which would also stop her slipping on floor in kitchen and mean she can try and walk outside or am I best to wait a bit until she can walk a bit further and more confidently???
The advice is that they should be walking on their own for at least 6 weeks before putting them in anything but the softest type of shoes (Inch Blue type). You can use them as slippers inside later, so not a waste of money.
This is because a key part of walking is prioperception -the feed back from the nerves that sense pressure in the soles of the feet to brain, and then compensating for shifts by moving - and harder soles interfere with this