As your baby grows up, s/he will gain new motor skills every day. Once the little one has started to walk with ease and without any support, s/he will now be preparing to run.
Running is a big milestone for your baby as it requires mastering multiple skills like walking and maintaining body balance.
Your baby will probably learn how to run between the age of 18 to 24 months. However, it is important to remember that every child develop these skills at his or her own pace. If s/he has taken more time to walk then do not expect the child to run very soon.
When your child is 18 months old, s/he might start running, but often not in a straight line. Though the little one may run slowly, but will often fall because s/he has not gained the adequate balance to move the body to and fro while running.
By 2 years, it is expected that your baby will get more adept at running. S/he will probably run in different directions and around things lying strewn on the floor. But even then s/he may not be able to control his speed and may fall or bump quite often.
The child will be able to run well by age of two-and-a-half-years.
You have to encourage your baby to run, even if s/he falls. This is quite normal at this age. Slowly, the child will gain enough control over his/her body to run and stop at will.
You can take your child to the local park and encourage him/her to run back and forth between you. Reward with a hug every time s/he reaches you. This will give the little one more confidence. You can also blow bubbles and ask him/her to chase those and pop.
Make your home baby proof. Be cautious that the child doesn’t try to run down the stairs alone. Let him/her enjoy his newly-found ability to run.