This is the typical sequence of developing movement skills according to average ages:
- Newborn - even posture when lying down, with arms and legs slightly bent at elbows and knees, their heads will fall back a little when pulling to sitting from lying
- 6-8 weeks - raises head and looks up when placed on their front
- 6-8 months - sits without support
- 8-9 months - crawling on all fours
- 10-11 months - stands up and walks around holding onto furniture (cruising)
- 12-15 months - walks independently, initially unsteadily with their legs apart and arms out, but increasingly more confidently
Note: there is a range of normal ages at which children may acquire these skills but, it is only a rough guide and all children develop at a different rate.
Please see following section on when you should be concerned.
The pattern of movement development from being immobile to walking may also vary. Most children achieve walking via crawling (80%), others bottom-shuffle and others commando crawl (with their tummy on the floor), some just stand up and walk.
Bottom shuffling children tend to walk later than those who crawl on all fours.