one year old and not walking yet?

Rucinda - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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my son turned 1 on the 7th of April hes a bit slower than what his brother(now 4)was he walked on 9 months already but Steven doesnt yet. Hes standing up against things and for long times by himself but doesnt want to walk yet and hates his walker cause we have carpets and he batles to move forward. Everyone said all babies are different and he will still. Any help or advice and are there anyone with the same 'problem'? Thx.

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Dawn - posted on 05/02/2010

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Babies walk independently through a range of 9 months to 15 months. 16 - 18 months is late. If your baby is standing WITHOUT support for long periods of time, that tells me that he is ready to take steps. Something may be holding him back in reference to a fear of falling, possibly. Encourage him by standing close enough to take just 1, then 2 steps. Have him stand against the couch to start and stand in front of him with something that he really wants to take steps to. You may have to start having him simply reach out of his base of support while standing without support. He may need to learn to weight shift and reach in all directions and then learn to take steps forward. Also, is he afraid to roughhouse? Can you tip him upside down and swing him around in your arms? He may not be taking steps because he is afraid to fall. Roll him on his tummy over a large ball or fly him around like superman in your arms. Stimulate what is called his vestibular system. It is the system in your body that lets you know where your head is in space. Maybe have his eyes checked. Maybe he cannot see clearly where he needs to walk to. You have no idea how many kids have visual deficits that go undetected. Think about it, they cannot tell you that they are not seeing clearly, if they do not know what seeing clearly is. Heck, they can't tell even tell us "You know what, I am cranky and having a meltdown because I am tired. I think I need a nap." So, go to an optometrist or an ophthalmologist to have their eyes checked. Go to the specialists!! Just because the pediatrician's office SCREENED your child's eyes, does not mean that there is not something to be concerned about, especially if they are not walking. If a child is not speaking by a certain age I recommend a hearing test, if they are not walking, I recommend having their eyes checked. I am curious to know if he crawled on his hands and knees? If you still have concerns with how old he is and he is not walking, discuss your local Early Intervention with your pediatrician and have him evaluated by a physical therapist or consult with one through your private insurance.

Gina - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son does not walk yet, but he wants to. The pediatrician said that as long as he is walking by 15 months everything is on schedule.

Tara - posted on 05/03/2010

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My daughter is 10 days younger than your son and she also does not walk. I got her one of the push walkers. And she loves it she really has become much stronger and more agile with that. She is now starting to take steps by herself. But I would get rid of the traditional walker and try the push cart walker. Mine is from fisher price check it out!!

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Karen - posted on 05/05/2010

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Don't worry, my little girl isn't even crawling or walking yet but it's OK. She's happy, healthy and has fun on the floor and is trying really hard to get moving so ... baby will get there in their own time. Don't sweat the small stuff :)

Emily - posted on 05/05/2010

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Every baby is different. They will do new things at their own pace. I know it can be frustrating (and a bit worrisome) to feel like your child is a bit "behind". My daughter Hailey turned one on Apr. 21st and all she's doing is pulling up to standing on things and crawling like a champ. She's cruising a little bit, but crawling is still her method of choice. Her little friend at daycare is six weeks younger and he just walks right across the room. It stresses me out a little if I let it, but I know even with myself and my siblings, my older brother walked at 10 months, and I was almost 14 months. So, even though it does get to me a little sometimes, I know Hails will walk when she's ready (with crawling and standing she just - boom - got one day), and I'm sure your son will too.

Ana - posted on 05/04/2010

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my little sister started walking earlier, could read books earlier, and she was smart at early childhood. But now, she is 25 and yet still cant lives by herself. I know u are worried if ur child is going to be 'not smart' because of the slow growing stages, but trust me, einstein got small size of brain yet he is sooo smart.... :D

Melissa - posted on 05/03/2010

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I first want to say the my 2nd son was born on the 7th of April too! He started walking 2 days after his birth day. His older brother took longer to start walking because he had such a big head and it took him longer to find his balance. I wouldn't be too worried. He will start when he's ready.

Erin - posted on 05/02/2010

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I wouldn't sweat it. I have two friends who have babies born in March (about 6 weeks older than my son) and they aren't walking yet. Both of their ped's don't seemed too concerned. I read an article in one of the parenting magazines (wish I could remember the name - sorry) a while ago that did an article about this topic. They said not too worry about non-walkers until the age of two! That seems a little late to me, but they had several interviews with parents of children who just one day started walking between the ages of 18mos - 2yrs.

Stephanie - posted on 05/02/2010

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Lots of great advise. My little girl is not even pulling her self up and has no desire to stand. We went to an OT and had x-rays and blood work and there is nothing wrong at all she is just doing it on her own time table, we have physical theropy sessions lined up for exercises to do at home in addition to doing the basics, which include all toys off the floor and not running to pick her up but let her figure it out. It is so hard to listen to them cry.

Ashley - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son started crawling late as well which leads me to believe that's why he is going to be a late walker.

Ashley - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son turned one on the 21st and he will walk while pushing things or while holding onto something but not alone yet. I think all babies are different and I honeslty think Nixon is just scared to let go sometimes because if am walking with him and let go he takes about 6 steps and then drops. I also heard that babies need something in their hands sometimes to balance them out when learning to walk??? I am not sure about that one, but you can always try it!

Nadine - posted on 04/26/2010

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my little boy has just turned one and he doesnt walk yet he doesnt even stand up by himself holding on to furniture but i know that when he does all hell is going to break loose so i am glad that he cant walk but they will in time and we have to be patient

Christina - posted on 04/26/2010

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My little boy turned 1 on the 8th of April and he will cruise around on stuff but still not walking... He did not crawl until he was 8 months though...

Cristine - posted on 04/24/2010

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Babies learn to walk in their own time. My oldest daughter was almost 15 months when she started walking and my one year old started walking at 9.5 months. He'll get it eventually.

Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2010

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My little guy turned one April 8th and he is standing but takes one step or two and then sits down and takes off crawling...Personally, I think he can walk and just refuses to because he thinks it's funny to hear me run after him and say "where do you think you're going?!" haha..But he did take 4 steps all by himself today!

Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2010

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my son turned one on april 1st still not walking either.. hes been taking a few steps then falling for about a month now. and stands on his own for a while also.. ive been told its normal and every baby is different. i also heard of a baby not walking until they were a year and a half.. it is frustrating but nothing to worry about!

Crystal - posted on 04/24/2010

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I have twins and they both aren't walking yet...born on the 7th also. My eldest isnt much of a talker but she is getting to where she will let go of what ever she pulls herself up on and just stand unassisted...and then my youngest Twin would rather talk, crawl and Cruise then even attempt to stand let alone walk.

My eldest child who is 6 was walking 2 1/2 weeks after he hit one...so no need to worry your child will get to walking soon enough.

Lauren - posted on 04/24/2010

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My son just turned one on the 22nd and he crawls around, pulls himself up, and walks when we hold his hands. I did not walk until 17 months and I am fine. I agree with what everyone has said about being "ready" at different times. He is also a talker it does seem that they do focus on one skill.
As well as everyone else, I have also heard that walkers hinder walking. Happy birthday to everyone!

Megan - posted on 04/23/2010

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I'm not sure if it is true, you read so so many different opinions depending on magazine or website, but I had heard that walkers actually hinder a child for walking. Because they hold their body differently, they are not building the muscles they need to actually stand alone. This is just what I heard. My little one is still not walking, a year in one week, but I figure once he's ready to go for it, I'll be ready with a little more baby proofing! Good luck to you and your little one :)

Asma - posted on 04/23/2010

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My daughter is also 1 year old on 22 april and still not walking infect does not walk without support and she does not put down her foot full on floor because of walker she walk with support on her toes.Anybody can advice me who she can walk

Mariela - posted on 04/23/2010

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Don´t worry they say that the window for walking in babys its from 10 months to 18 months. So you baby will walk at his own time.

Anna - posted on 04/23/2010

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My little girl turned 1 on April 9 and still isn't walking. She *just* stood up for the first time yesterday. Her brother didn't walk until he was 13 months, so I am not too worried. She has been a bit slower with the movement thing, but our Dr. says she is ahead of target in everything else. Babies develop at their own pace, not ours!

Ali Marie - posted on 04/23/2010

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My daughter is barely even crawling. She gets around, but very slowly and inefficiently. She sees a physical therapist once a week and she told us that walkers are banned in some countries and might be soon in the US as well because they actually hinder a baby's ability to walk, and when they do its "weird"

TANISHA - posted on 04/23/2010

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DNT WORRY HE WOULD WALK SOON SUM BABYS JUS MOVE SLOWER DEN OTHERS MY BABY STARTED WALKIN WEN SHE WAS 5 MONTHS

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2010

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My daughter just turned 12 months on the 21st and is not walking either. We, unfortunately, were also homeless for 2 months living in motels and in a spare room with friends so she had no time to practice :( so I expect her to walk late.



BUT I do believe the average is 12-14 months to be walking without support. 9 months is really quite early. I would not be worried, just apperciate how much easier crawlers are to keep out of everything ;). He will walk when he is ready.

Katie - posted on 04/23/2010

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this is normal! 9 months is early for walking. my son turned one on the 11th (has been crawling since 5 months) we thought he would walk early because he crawled early but not the case. hes had no intrest in it not even holding my hand to help him. all of a sudden this week he started to walk. last week wouldnt even humor me! they do things when they want! LOL

Kristen - posted on 04/23/2010

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I feel your pain. My little girl turned 1 on the 21st and she still won't walk. She takes a step every now and again and she will walk around fast if she's holding on to something. But she won't walk on her own. I guess I should be happy I'm not chasing her around yet. Good luck!

Susie - posted on 04/22/2010

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My oldest is 6 and she never walked until she was 13months old and my youngest who was 1 on the 15th walked at 10.5 months, each child is different and will develop at there own pace my oldest was an early sitter and crawler and my youngest was the opposite but walked earlier.

Jess - posted on 04/22/2010

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I wouldn't worry. You don't have a problem. All kids are different and one day out of blue he will start walking. If he's like our daughter, it has to be her idea, or she won't do it. Unlike others, we have had good luck with walkers. Out daughter pushed hers around and is not a tip toe walker...She is flat footed and found independence in being able to go without us. Good luck! And watch out, when you least expect it, he'll probably start walking everywhere! :)

Mary Lynn - posted on 04/22/2010

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Don't worry about him not walking yet. It is perfectly normal. Every child is different. Our son is also pulling up and cruising a little bit, but nowhere near walking on his own. They will learn on their own time!

Stina - posted on 04/22/2010

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Your first son walked super early :-)

My first took his first step at 15 months. #2 took her first steps a few weeks before her first birthday.

#3 is 1 today and is very close to taking her first unassisted step.

As for help/advise, my pediatrician told me walkers can actually delay walking- not speed up the milestone because they don't teach the child to use all the necessary muscles for independant walking. I'll admit, my third does spend a little time in a walker but I try to use it for when I'm sweeping the floor and need her to stop crawling through my piles.

Other than that, your son will walk when he's ready.

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son just turned 1 on the 7th also he never liked his walker neither he took steps like a week before he turned 11 Months but even on his birthday he wasn't walking that good now he's walking all over my house..Yes every baby is different..My nephew crawled at 4 months walked at 7 Months My son didn't start crawling till the day of Christmas Eve..Even though my son walks every where now he still doesn't walk forward he always goes backwards and I've heard that thats how babies start..Be patience and continue working with him and he will get the hang of it..What I did when my son took steps and finally walked without hanging onto something is I praised him and that seemed to work..I would clap my hands and say good boy way to go..Or I would also say Good Job my son loves being praised..That's all I did..What i did on how to get my son to take steps Is I had a snack in my hand and I had him walk to it..Eventually your son will get the hang of it just give him some time

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son also turned 1 on the 7h of April an he s not walking yet either. He is trying and have fait that he will do it inhis own time. He just started trying to stand on his own and will stand for a few seconds then sit himself down so I know he will be off and running soon. God help me when he does. He is into everything now imagine how bad it will be when he is walking on his own.

Amber - posted on 04/21/2010

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my son was born the same day as yours and he's not even crawling let alone walking. he prefers to hold onto our fingers and walk that way or scoot around on his bottom. ;-)

i also run a daycare and have a little boy that was born just 2 days before my son and he's been walking since february.

i also agree with carrie; it seems like they're either 'talkers' or 'walkers', mine being the talker and my daycare boy being the walker.

Maggie - posted on 04/21/2010

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Not to worry, he will walk when he is ready.....my daughter turned 1 on the 14th and she is not walking yet but is holding herself on to furniture and walking around it - her elder sister now 4yrs walked at 11months, every child is different- so i wouldn't worry for now.

Kerry - posted on 04/20/2010

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i agree with Louise, i have never been fond of walkers, they teach them to walk really weird. My daughter turned one today and she is still not walking either. she will walk around furniture but has shown no desire to let go, even though she watches her big brother walk around everywhere. i now it's a cleche, but they are all different. my friends daughter has only just learned to walk and she was 18 months! They do say they are either a "talker" or a "walker", Ivy talks all the time (not that we can understand half of what she says) so I don't mind that she is not walking. all the best- at least we don't have to chase them around yet :)

Louise - posted on 04/20/2010

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I wouldn't worry too much. My first boy sat up on his own at 11 months and walked at 15 months. My second is 1 thursday and he has been sitting on his own since 8 months and rolling around the floor too. but he is not crawling and can stand for a few seconds only.
My cousins boy was 2 years before he walked and there is nothing wrong with him.

1 piece of advice, lose the walker! They cannot learn to walk correctly in them as they are not keeping themselves upright but leaning on the frame. Also they tend to walk on their toes instead of the soles of their feet. Do not compare any 2 children as they do things in their own time and their own way!!
If you leave him standing himself he will eventually take off when least expected!

Stella - posted on 04/20/2010

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If your son hates using his walker cos you have carpets, have you tried putting him in his walker in the kitchen? It might just be that he is finding it difficult to push himself along on a carpet. Try him in the kitchen. He may find it easier to move along on the smoother surface of the kitchen floor. I do this with my little girl, and she seems to really love it. If he can hold himself up on furniture etc, it shouldn't be too much longer before he is walking. Try encouraging him with toys or something. Good luck. x

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