safe to teach my 9 months old daughter to walk?

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Amanda - posted on 06/11/2009

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Why oh why would you wanna punish yourself this way?? I had an 8 month old walking, you do not want that kind of insanity! Like Sarah said a child will walk when they are ready, there is nothing you can do to make them walk early. My 11 month old has been walking holding until things since she was about 6 months (8 months with a walker) but did not walk alone until 10 1/2 months. She did not let go until she was physically, mentally, and emontionally ready. Dont rush childhood for your baby, allow them to be themselves, and grow up when they are ready, because before you know it they will be asking for the keys to the car, and be running out the door.

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Krissy - posted on 06/11/2009

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my 9 month old actually is walking along things but it just depends on ur baby

Kathleen - posted on 06/11/2009

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just let her learn on her own, she's not behind so it's not bad. Is she standing holding on to furniture? can she stand supported? at least that would be where she needs to be. If she's not walking i believe at 14m or 15m then you might want to bring it up to your ped, but mine didn't walk till he was 10m and that was just supported.

Melissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Amanda-Lynn:

Why oh why would you wanna punish yourself this way?? I had an 8 month old walking, you do not want that kind of insanity! Like Sarah said a child will walk when they are ready, there is nothing you can do to make them walk early. My 11 month old has been walking holding until things since she was about 6 months (8 months with a walker) but did not walk alone until 10 1/2 months. She did not let go until she was physically, mentally, and emontionally ready. Dont rush childhood for your baby, allow them to be themselves, and grow up when they are ready, because before you know it they will be asking for the keys to the car, and be running out the door.


Totally agree! I was in such a rush for my daughter to crawl and now she won't sit still. I keep wondering why I wished this on her! Just like sleeping through the night though, they all do it when they're good and ready! 


 

Jackie - posted on 06/11/2009

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Why would you want to "teach" your child to walk? I had two late walkers and I didn't stress about it. They both walked around 14-15 months old. They both were walking along furniture long before any of the baby books said they should but they both saw the quickness and safety in crawling when there wasn't something to hold on to. I don't think you should be asking if its safe... I think you should be asking yourself why you are in a rush to have your baby walking. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with early walkers but they learn it on their own and are meant to be early walkers.



Walking is one of those things they generally learn on their own while watching others do it. Human beings are the only animals who "walk" without actually walking. When a human being walks its actually an act of falling and catching yourself. You can't teach a child to fall and catch themselves with their feet. They just have to learn that on their own. You can provide things like push toys and a safe area to use them. You can protect your child by covering corners and so forth or even moving furniture closer together so they can reach out for it. But anything beyond that is totally up to them when they are going to do it.

Laura - posted on 06/11/2009

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Both my kids were walking by 6 months. And for them it was more of they kind of just took off one day after pulling themselves up on everything for only a month. If she pulls herself up on stuff go ahead.

Melissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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My daughter is almost 10 months old and we've been encouraging her to use a baby walker for a few weeks now. Since it has wheels she has to move her legs to keep up with it. Is your baby cruising? Standing? Pulling up? Walking when you hold hands?

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2009

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It is kind of hard to teach a baby to walk. It is more something they do as they are developmentally ready. There are things you can do to help them learn, just like any developmental milestone. Work on them standing holding onto things, then standing without holding onto things. There is no reason not to help them learn. Just make sure they are ready for the new stages. If they are having a lot of difficulty with something they may not be developmentally ready. I find rolling over, crawling, walking, even potty training is something that you can help guide them but until they are ready there is nothing you can do to make them do it sooner.

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