When will my baby take her first steps?
You moved away the furniture, purchased a baby walker, and perhaps even got some push toys for your toddler to walk with, and all this to help him master the art of walking sooner. Perhaps he is a bit overweight and you’re afraid that this might be the reason he’s not walking independently?
Most children take their first individual steps around their first birthday, and walk well around 14 or 15 months of age . You shouldn't get worried if it takes a bit longer for your little one; it’s perfectly healthy to start walking with 16 or even 18 months if everything else is okay. Some children are plain lazy.
This is why most pediatricians recommend monthly checkups until a child’s first birthday. The doctor can rule out all the possible health-related reasons why your little one might not be walking yet, and react in time if there’s any reason for concern.
Chubby babies are indeed more likely to have motor delays
Not much research has been done on the consequences of pediatric obesity and motor development, but all the studies that we were given so far concluded that motor delay was likely to occur in overweight or undernourished children, compared to non-overweight and healthy babies.
Children with lower amounts of subcutaneous fat are less likely to have difficulties reaching developmental milestones.  Neck and neck with overweight children are iron-deficient and anemic kids — toddlers whose weight is within a healthy range are 66 percent times more likely to walk. 
How to prevent childhood obesity?
- Take care of yourself — and this means your health above all. Overweight and obese women tend to give birth to large babies that are likely to become overweight as well . Be a good example to your children! The way you live your life affects them as well, and what you preach in their young years will probably stuck with them forever.
- Breastfeed your baby if possible — Breast milk is the best nutrition for infants. It has all the necessary nutrients to help them grow and strive, and eventually become healthy individuals.
The World Health Organization (WHO), American Academy of Pediatrics and the majority of pediatric workers across the world recommend exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of the child's life, and to keep breastfeeding until the second birthday. [8, 9]
- Avoid putting him to bed with a bottle — Putting baby to bed with a bottle puts her at risk of childhood obesity, as well as tooth decay, wheezing, asthma, and even choking. [10, 11]
- Don't give solid foods too early — There’s a reason why it’s recommended to exclusively breastfeed a child for six months. Most solid foods are hard to digest for babies.
- Choose food wisely — Teach children to eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lean meats. Babies will try almost anything that you offer. Don’t let them become picky eaters — whatever you want them to eat, offer it while they’re too small to refuse. It is possible to shape a child’s taste and form his palate even before birth.
The bottom line
Of course, this doesn't have to be the rule for all overweight toddlers. There are chubby children who are fast and strong on their legs. Even if your little one is still not walking around her first birthday, it is recommended to avoid using a baby walker, as they might get her to dangerous object around the house easily.