Slow and steady wins the race: Walking with toddlers

Oh, how I laughed and clapped with glee as I saw my little girl take a few steps into the unknown.

Oh how I felt so excited for her – movement! Independence! I thought it would make life easier. I thought I’d be able to do more.

Go on, I know you laughed then.

Like Pandora’s box the world of movement is now available to Bubs, and yes she loves it. She wants to walk all the time, and everywhere we go.


This can cause issues if you are late for the bus or a doctors appointment.

It would be ok if we were both going in the same direction. Or if we didn’t stop every few steps to try and eat a bit of litter or to pick a flower.

Sometimes she turns around completely and tries to walk the other way.

Luckily I invested in a set of reins to try and keep her near. My years of having a dog as a pet have been put to good use. Using a rein, walking a dog – it’s all a much of a muchness until you realise dogs at a year old will do as they’re told and sit still and only poo in the garden.

Stairs were things I never used to think much of before. Now I break out into a sweat if I see any nearby. This baby thinks she’s Bruce Willis in Die Hard, I’m sure. She will scale buildings, stairs and anything that’s in her way to reach whatever it is she wants – a toy, a piece of plastic or just for the hell of it. I blink and then in seconds she’s by the stairs, looking at me as it to say ‘yeah, I could go up these if I wanted to. And you won’t stop me’. She places a hand on the stairs, then slowly turns her head to make sure I watching.

“No stairs” I say.

“No” she says, shaking her head. Her other hand now carefully placed onto the first step. A slow, Cheshire-cat like smile spreads across her face. I get ready to grab her before her ascent commences.

She will try and put on my shoes and grab my handbag and says “bye!” Which is very sweet indeed, although usually my handbag is spread all over the floor and she’s chewing my payslip.

The buggy is now a restrictive device made for torture. Only bribery in the form of biscuits and drinks will allow temporary respite.

I don’t get anywhere on time anyway, but now Bubs can walk, it is an even even later and slower process. She looks so delighted to be toddling around and of course I am pleased for her. My hunchback from bending down so much may disagree.

They say slow and steady wins the race. I hope so…..

35 thoughts on “Slow and steady wins the race: Walking with toddlers

  1. suzanne3childrenandit

    Those first steps to independence really are so very exciting aren’t they? Bless her heart and bless yours with your ‘hunchback’ – I remember those days well! This would be perfect to link up to our #LoudnProud linky tomorrow if you fancy it?

  2. Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick

    Oh I remember those days! All three of mine have been early walkers and have wanted to walk everywhere! I remember being in Ikea once with the twins on reins, blocking the whole path in the sofa section as they decided to pull in opposite directions! I can laugh now but was most definitely not laughing at the time! Well done to your little one for mastering walking.. good luck to you on keeping up with her 😉 xx

  3. Kate Davies

    I couldnt help but laugh while reading this as it almost completely echos my son Jack a few months ago. Just wait until they learn to jump and climb, no where is safe.

  4. Iona@redpeffer

    It is exciting when they take those first steps but like everything in life it brings it’s own new challenges! My son climbed before he walked-I heard a shout from his sister ‘mummy, he’s climbing the climbing frame’ when he was 14 months and I thought, of course he can’t be. But yes he was, up to the second rung. He didn’t actually walk until he was almost 2, and now he’s 3 he just runs everywhere so I’m fitter than I’ve ever been! And he screamed if I ever dared to restrain him in any way, although now he sometimes asks to sit in the pushchair but it’s usually when I haven’t got it……

  5. Sophie Lovett

    Ah we have a very recently toddling little person here too, though fortunately at the moment Arthur will still go in the sling for longer walks! We walk A LOT – I don’t drive so that and the bus is our main mode of transport. Our world might suddenly get very small if he decides he needs to go everywhere under his own steam…

  6. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    Ah, I remember this very well – the cute but worrying stage! Where you love that they are starting to find their independence and can start walking but feeling the fear of what could happen 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  7. Sarah MumofThree World

    Fantastic post, made me laugh! We’re going through the same with my little niece now, who’s 15 months. It’s fun to re-live it, but also fun that it’s not my responsibility any more!
    I’m hosting Loud ‘n’ Proud at MumofThree World next week if you would like to come back! 🙂

  8. Zena's Suitcase

    Yes, I’ve got a little Princess just like your Bubs. She only want to walk, or be carried by her Dad. She knows no fear. Parenting these reckless tots has many dimensions when walking takes off

  9. Kate Davis

    A great memory to capture. This week I did the school run for the first time with both children on scooters for first time. At 2 yo M was more enthusiasm than progress and I ended up pushing him for a fair way to make sure we got to school on time. In the afternoon I decided to use the pushchair again!

  10. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    This sounds so familiar – our youngest is 16 months old now and wants to walk everywhere, very slowly, in the opposite direction to where we need to go. I love it on a lazy Sunday, less so on a busy week day. But I try to enjoy it while it lasts, in no time she’ll leave the nest and I’ll regret not enjoying these moments with her.

  11. Kanchan@ The Intrepid Misadventurer

    I remember feeling a strange sense of hopefulness and helplessness as my daughter started her journey of independance. The first taste of letting go :) How quickly they grow up ! Enjoyed reading that…it’s been a while since I had the experience, it’s nice to see it through someone else’s eyes! :)
    Good to be connected via #PoCoLo. xxx

  12. chantelle hazelden

    This post really made me chuckle as this is exactly what I am going through with my youngest at the moment, she doesn’t have any fear and the pushchair is most definitely the enemy these days!! x

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