One new mother was in for a surprise when her six-month-old started walking.
Grace Minter was with her baby Freya in Liverpool, England on March 25 when the baby unexpectedly started walking.
"Freya was able to stand up whilst holding on to our fingers for balance, by the time she was four months old, says Minster to Mirror. "We could tell she was desperate to walk from then but it wasn't until she was six months old that it actually happened."
Originally, both Grace and her husband Ryan thought it was a one-off situation, yet she kept doing it. Now, the couple has a mobile little one, and they can be spotted with their baby who has taken her first steps (literally) to independence. Since the baby is up and mobile now, the couple tried to get her a walker, but she's still too small, so they say she's learning to move around on her own.
For those unaware, six months is really young for a baby to achieve such a goal. In fact, between nine months and a year are when babies normally take their first steps, as they learn how to bend their knees while standing. They'll usually use the side of the couch or something similar to balance on. It's around 15 months is when they start walking, moving from support spot to support spot. Still, according to BabyCenter, it's completely normal for some to wait until 16 to 17 months to start walking.
Interestingly enough, six months is normally when parents begin teaching their tot balancing by supporting them while their feet dangle down to the floor. This is because the usual six-month-old doesn't have enough strength in their legs to support their whole body.
Now, the Minters are going to be looking in some intense baby-proofing for their home. While it's important to set up boundaries so little Freya doesn't try using the stairs, there are some other, more minor, risks parents should keep in mind. In fact, according to Johnson's, while a child is learning to walk, they're more prone to getting dirty or experiencing cuts thanks to dry skin from rubbing on the carpet. With that in mind, it's a good idea to make sure the baby is staying clean and their skin is properly hydrated to prevent any unneeded soreness.