By Lucy Notarantonio
A first-time mum has been left gobsmacked after her six-month-old baby began WALKING.
Tiny Freya Minter barely looks old enough to crawl, let alone walk unaided – something that has shocked her parents, Grace and Ryan, both 29.
Grace, a teacher, from, Garston, Liverpool, now spends her time running around after her pint-sized tot after she began walking on March 25.
The average age for babies to start walking is around a year old, but Freya – who is thought to be one of the youngest babies to have ever started walking – is well ahead of her peers.
Grace said: “Freya was able to stand up whilst holding on to our fingers for balance, by the time she was four months old.
“We could tell she was desperate to walk from then but it wasn’t until she was six months old that it actually happened.
“Her face was priceless when she took her first two steps, she had the cheekiest grin, Ryan and I couldn’t believe it.
“At first, I thought it was a fluke, but then when she continued to walk a few steps here and there, I was amazed.
“She has completely skipped crawling and has walked straight away but she hasn’t quite mastered how to get around things yet, she tries to go over them.
“We need eyes at the back of our heads now as she is so quick and always wants to be involved.
“We brought her a walker but her feet don’t even touch the ground, so we didn’t attempt to use it again, so she has learnt all by herself.
“Freya has never had seated walkers as I read this may delay a baby’s learning as they get used to the support form the seat, so this might be why she is walking already.
“She is our first child so we don’t know any different but we’re so proud of her.”
According to the NHS, a baby starts to sit up on their own at six months and begins walking with support between nine to 12 months.
Grace adds: “She has always been an active baby and super strong considering she is only 13 pounds, at four and a half months old, she was able to sit up on her own.
“She is a very determined little lady, at ten weeks old she rolled from her cot into my bed so we should have seen this coming.
“It was only when I spoke to friends and brought her to baby groups, I realised that she is so advanced.
“We are all so proud of her, my family and friends can’t believe it, and neither can we.
“People have been amazed by her walking at play group and they love how her face is either one of sheer determination or a great big smile.
“Who knows what she’ll do next, Freya is now seven months and we have no doubt that she’ll continue to keep smashing her milestones.”