I thought it would be great when DS learned how to walk, and at times, I would let him walk by himself when we go shopping, letting him explore, but man, he gets so involved in different things, and attempts to pull stuff off shelves, so it's actually easier to keep him in the stroller or shopping cart! When will he learn not to touch everything??!! On one hand, I want to let him walk, on the other hand, it's a pain in the butt when he does! LOL