California baby is delighting the internet with cool dance moves while learning to walk
An up-and-coming dance star is apparently lighting up social media.
Little Declan Russell from Chino, California, just 14 months old, was learning to walk when he surprised everyone around him by dancing instead – showing off some impressive moves and moves and also reveling in the process.
In a video posted by his mother, Amanda Russell, to her TikTok account – “amanduhlovesyou” on September 15, 2022 – baby Declan can be seen taking a few hesitant steps before shrugging his shoulders and bouncing to the music that was playing.
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Russell captioned his video, « Learning to walk can be hard sometimes, » with a winking emoji with tongue sticking out.
« Come on! Come on, buddy! » people can be heard saying in the background as little Declan’s family cheered him on as he walked forward.
Smiling, he then showed off his dancing skills.
Little Declan then grabbed onto the door of a nearby freezer to keep his balance while continuing to dance to the beat of the song.
The original video has been liked over 1.8 million times on TikTok and has been shared nearly 60,000 times.
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On Instagram, the post has over 150,000 likes and has been shared by many big accounts.
Mom Amanda Russell said this isn’t Declan’s first foray into dancing.
« Declan is 14 months old and has been dancing since he was six months old, » she told Fox News Digital.
« I have a video of him rolling over on his stomach when he couldn’t even sit up yet. »
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She said it was « incredible » to see Declan’s dance moves go viral.
« We all know how cool he is, but for the world to see him and read all those sweet comments, it was so awesome, » she said.
Declan’s dancing days are far from over, according to Russell.
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« We plan to keep the music alive in him, and we’ll get him into dance class as soon as possible, » she said.
Babies typically start crawling between six and 10 months, Parents.com notes, and start walking a few weeks after crawling.
At 48 weeks after birth, « Your baby may not be walking yet » – but this baby is « trying to move around, » wrote Laura Asmundsson, a parenting content contributor, for the site.
« They can crawl on furniture or hold your hand while taking steps, » she added of very young children.
« Trying to walk is an important step, although babies can take that first step unaided between 8 and 15 months. »
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« You can help their walking skills by giving them a sturdy push and pull toy and placing furniture in strategic areas to encourage their cruising, » she also said.
Dancing, however, is not considered a marking activity by experts.
So it’s safe to say that Declan’s dancing ability shows that he’s already quite advanced for his age.