Your baby will begin his journey by crawling. Slowly, with the development of motor skills, you will find your little one taking his/her first steps. During that time s/he may not be a frequent walker because to be able to walk properly, s/he will need body balance along with enough trunk muscle strength.
By the time your baby is around 12 months, s/he will probably manage to gather enough strength on his/her leg muscles and start walking using the support of walls and furniture. You have to encourage this walk by holding your little one’s hands and providing support.
During 13- to 14-months, the child may be able to walk unsupported. As soon as s/he starts walking confidently, a whole new dimension will open up to the child. This is when s/he will try to walk backwards. Walking backwards will also be a kind of achievement for your baby. S/he may find it funny and keeps it doing more and more out of curiosity.
Like walking forward, s/he will also use support of walls and furniture as s/he learns to walk backwards. But after some weeks, when the little one will learn to walk backwards finally, s/he may intentionally do it to annoy you. For example, s/he may walk backwards when you approach to make him/her wear clothes or try to feed. Walking backwards is a fun activity for the child, which s/he may also repeat without any reason. Some toddlers enjoy walking backwards in circles too.
Remember, when the child is walking backwards, s/he is not being able to see what is behind him/her. So always maintain necessary precaution to keep the surroundings safe. S/he may fall and bump into random objects while trying to do so, but will learn eventually that it is not very safe to do so and may stop doing after this realization. One should never discourage children from exploring new activities as it’s their way of understanding how their bodies work and what more can they do with their limbs. Ensure that your kid enjoys these playful activities in a safe and secure environment and let him/her have fun.