Don't Count On Crawling. Many babies crawl before they walk, but not all. What's important: She's rolling, scooting, crab- walking, or using her arms and legs in some way to get around.
Cruise Control Isn't Just for Cars. Maneuvering around by holding on to furniture is a confidence builder and a big hint that those first hands-free steps may be imminent. Then again, some babies cruise for months before getting up the nerve to let go.
Size Doesn't Matter. Whether your infant is big or little doesn't have much to do with when she'll walk; it's the activity level and a curious, go-get-'em personality that most likely inspire solo steps.
Older Siblings May Speed Things Up. Trying to keep up with big brothers and sisters is a major motivator, notes Dr. Steltenkamp.