Both my daughters started walking unassisted at 11 mths... but they do say that girls develop faster than boys. My youngest is now 12 mths and is walking really really fast. I let her loose when in a not so crowded shopping centre. I just push the pram along with her. She loves to pop her head in every shop she passes by. she also dances when she hears music she likes and is deliriously happy when she sees her own reflection in shopping centre mirrors. She is very much like her older sister.