When did your child start walking and talking?

Nikki - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )

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My son is going to be a year on the 8th of feb and he still isnt walking :( any ideas on what i should do to get him walking ? Damien lee will stand up if you help him but he will not pull his self up
Damien lee is always saying Dadda and momma but thats yet :( should he be talking more than that by now ?

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Jessie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Our son just turned a year on feb 6th he babbles, says some words but not too many, but understands A LOT, every baby is different tho. As for the walking, he's not walking yet but is sure trying, try giving your son a toy that is heavy enough to walk with that won't make it too fast for him, soon enough he will get the idea. hope this helps.

Robyn - posted on 02/25/2010

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Yeah, many babes are not walking at a year, I'd say 8-9 months to 16-18 months is the range of normal thereabouts. My son is one year today; he has been pulling to a stand and walking with a "push-cart" for about three months now, but hasn't seemed to make any forward progress into wanting to stand or walk on his own. If you are concerned I'd say get a birth to three consult for development- if nothing else, it will probably reassure you all's well :) We had one and it was simply a reassurance that all is on track..



But, at this point, I would not worry. I wish I had some tips to help you as asked, but I think the main thing is that their bodies mature at different rates and before they reach the point where they are capable of that stance/motion, no exercises or games will get them there. I guess maybe it would be good to continue the helping him stand/holding his hands- and I do HIGHLY recommend a baby shopping cart/buggy/pushcart thing, my kiddo spends hours pushing that darn thing around and loading and unloading its basket LOL. That way he gets practice at a more steady pace and with balance, as the wheels turn, rather than the less steady feel when I hold him/help him up by the arms, yk?



But, not a doc, just a human development major pursuing a child dev specific degree, so not a professional (yet), this reply is just coming from my own experience as a mama really. Also, my mom and dad say I talked early- around 10-11 months I was speaking two word sentences- but didn't walk until around 16-18 mos which is the later end of the spectrum. So, it varies (and I like to think I am somewhat developmentally normal lol; my speech/vocabulary is definitely above average and I do walk just fine now at 22-23 years so.. I wouldn't worry too much :) but Birth to 3 is a good resource if worried and free in US (unsure how/if sates differ, we're in WI)



Also, word-wise, my son only says "mama" (I'm single, so maybe that is why there's no "dada" though he sees him every few mos) He'll look at "kitty" or "doggy" when I say the word and/or point, and he clearly knows and gets excited about his grandparents, but word-wise, "mama" is it. So I don't think I would be too worried on that yet either.



It's also hard because my close friend had a daughter born a week and a half before my son, we went through our pregnancies and natural birth classes and all together, and her daughter is like 99th percentile for everything, already walking and running up a storm, giving kisses and hugs on demand, high fives, all sorts of things- maybe some of the latter is just that I don't intentionally teach or "train" those kinds of things, but with the walking and other basics, it can be easy to compare to other babies when really, we just have to focus on our own babes' needs and rates of development.



Keep us posted and enjoy the little one, they grow fast huh? :) Take care, mama, all the best.

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son Just turned 1 on the 18th of Feb and is not walking. My daughter didnt walk until she was 15 months. they will walk when they want.

Amber - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son turned 1 on the 17 feb, he was walking at 10 1/2 months now at 1 he is almost able to run, but saying that they all have thing there better at or quicker at lerning then other babies. My son only says mum, dad, bub and yeah, and my friends 1yr old few weeks older then my son can say cat, car, mum, dad and bub and heaps of other stuff, but isnt walking! so nothing to worry about if they are a bit behind! i was told some of the smartest people in the world were late talkers so it doesnt matter!!!

Tabitha - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son is about 12 1/2 months and isn't walking yet. He's been cruising around since he was at least 10 months and today and yesterday he took a few steps by himself. So I know it's going to be very soon. Kids develop at different rates. My son only says dadda. And he's only done it a few times.

Lauren - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son is 1yr 3 weeks old and is walking by himself every now and then. I hold something up in front of my son while he's standing against something and he'll usually walk to it. And as for the talking just keep repeating words to him over & over again, that's how I got my son to say Hello, Ta & Pop

Julianna 'Julz' - posted on 02/25/2010

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I've been concerned about the talking also. mine is also doing the mama and dada. and little phrases that we assume are this or that. but nothing clear yet. our pediatrician said he would like our kid to have at least 3 words by abt 15-18 months. A friend of mine had a 15 month that was barly pulling up to standing, he was a big kid though. but he's walking now. he's about 18 months. but by now you've probably seen some improvement. hope all goes well. your mom and go by your instincts. Cause mine started walking at about 10 months and hasn't stopped. so once they start walking, you wish they would stop. Good luck and everything will be fine.

Brandy - posted on 02/25/2010

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Mady starting walking when she was 11 months old, so she's been walking for a month and half now. She says dadda, mama, and a few other phrases, but thats about it and she turned a year old on the 11th of this month.

Venessa - posted on 02/25/2010

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All children are different, and will develop at their own pace, no matter how much encouragement they get. My niece crawled at 9 1/2 months for 17 days then started walking at 10 months 1 week. My son Aisaia (DOB 21/02/09) Crawled at 6 1/2 months but didn't even contemplate walking until 11 months... He is now quite confident but will still crawl if he wants to get somewhere quick!! I found a block cart helped with Aisaia's confidence walking - or dolls prams type things (not very masculine but serves the purpose) they feel the security of holding something but as they walk it moves also encouraging and fufilling there achievements.

In terms of Vocabulary Aisaia says a dozen or so words; Mama, Dada, Nanna, Grandad, Lijah (Uncle), Dog, Car, Truck, Ball, and a few others, howeverhe talks non stop in his own language. I speak 3 languages to him, and some words he recognises in 1 language and not others. I am confident that my son will continue to develop his vocab and will soon enough be talking my ear off nad asking a million and one questions!!!

I think you should enjoy each day you have and concentrate on what your little boy is doing, encourage those things. He will do everything else soon enough - The world may be in a rush, but there's no need to rush into the world.

Quennie Jill - posted on 02/24/2010

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my son started walking at 9months. most of my friends say that he is an early developer because he started saying mamma and dadda at 9 months also. now that he is 1 year old, he can walk alone and can say one to two syllable word like tita, tito, pig, dog and a lot more. but don't worry too much, most children walk and talk at around 15 to 18 months. every child reach a certain milestone at their own time.

Erica - posted on 02/24/2010

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james took his first steps at 9 1/2 months and weeks later and 10 month he walked for the first time and it was 8 feet long of a walk.

Lisa - posted on 02/24/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it to much. My little guy just says like a handful of words LOL, and most of them are korean words.

He started walking when he was 10 weeks old and now he is running !! Oh goodness how I miss the days when he was crawling LOL

Natasha - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter was born on Feb.10, 2009. She started walking at 10 months. She also is trying to talk. We can understand some things that she say. She says dada but calls me nanaa and I am her mother. She also is repeating some things that you say. She copies what you do also. Too much for me. LOL

Geraldine - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son Tom was 1yrs old on 5th February and has been walking around the furniture since he was 10 months old. He has only just started taking more steps on his own though and only as long as me or his dad are there to catch him or encourage him. Tom says Mummy and Daddy and Yes and some more little phrases but most of the time he just baby babbles. All children grow at different rates and do things at different stages. The best thing to remember is your son will accomplish things with your help and support, doesn't matter whether it's now or 2 weeks down the line. Just keep encouraging and he will soon reach his milestones :)

Cara - posted on 02/24/2010

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my daughter turned one on the 20th feb. she has statred walking on her own now.
she had been itchin to walk for months before but wasnt able to balance. we bought her a walker that she holds onto and that really brought her walking on. hope it helps.
i do belive that they will do things in their own time tho.

Cristy - posted on 02/23/2010

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Faithanne said her first word when she was 5 month 10 days old and her first word was daddy and she took her first two steps on Feb 14 2010

Chenell - posted on 02/23/2010

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Well my son started to walk at 8 1/2 but that was early for his age. Normally boys take longer then girls to walk they usally start around 10-13 months.

Jessica - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter turned a year on the 12th and she started cruising along the furniture around 7 months then started walking on her own the week of thanksgiving. she has really been on the go since and has recently figured out how to run or (walk fast). She also doesnt really talk much says...mama dada bye bye baba nite nite hi...everything else is babbles. i wouldnt worry about anything every baby is different.

Erin - posted on 02/22/2010

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Oh My!! I wouldn't worry about him not walking!! the sooner they walk the quicker they run!! :) My first walked early 10-11 months, I am not pushing this one...He walks along furniture but shows no interest in walking by himself. He isn't talking much either...Maybe thet is because he has an older brother that talks for him!! Just enjoy your little one a little while longer...You will dearly miss these days once they are gone!!

Tanya - posted on 02/22/2010

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Every child has their own pace. Both myboys started walking at 10 months old or just turning 11 months old. I've heard boys take longer to walk than girls and vice versa. Talk to your son's pediatrician and be patient with your son so he can be patient with himself.

Michelle - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter was born on 05th February 2009 and she started walking at
10 months. She crawled for about 2 months and then started taking
steps and now she is so fast on her feet.
Her first words were ma [callin my mum] and then mum - on a rare occasion
she calls my husband dada. Can't get enough of her!!!!

Julie Ann - posted on 02/21/2010

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my daughter is now 1yr old last Feb 14, she started walking when she was around 10months old, By now she is running inside our house..

Kara - posted on 02/21/2010

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Hi, I have 2 daughters Maddison who is 3.5 and Lexie who just turned 1 on the 5 February. She has been walking though for about 2 months. Maddison walked a week after she turned 1. To encourage my girls to walk I put them in walkers when they were about 9 months and also bought them other toys that taught them to walk like the toys that you can sit on and then move them so they can hold on and walk with them. Just keep encouraging and rewarding them when they reach a milestone. Both of my daughters were early talkers and Lexie says alot of words now. But just read to them, encourage them to speak, say words when looking at things or feeding etc.

Holly - posted on 02/21/2010

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I have been told that walking isn't even considered a milestone because it happens for each child at their own time. Of course there is a ultimate deadline where they start looking at why they are not yet walking but I think you are a ways off from that. My first son didn't start walking until he was 14 months. Hang in there, it will happen.

Bobbi - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter turned one on the 6th, She started to walk around Christmas time. I wouldn't worry about to much and let them go at their own pace!

Agatha Krizty - posted on 02/20/2010

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my daughter just turned 1y/o last feb.5... she could stand on her own, could climb up on a chair but still couldn't walk on her own, she could say mama and papa and still tries to grope for words and she sounds funny... I guess they will start to walk on their own when they're ready there's no need to rush. I just let my baby walk on bare foot to make her feet and legs stronger and develop strong balance when standing and let her hold on to things and after I massage her feet and legs. I hope this could help you!

Jessika - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter just turned 1 on Feb 10th...she began walking @ around 10 months & she was also speaking by then. She says & has been saying words like ball, balloon, kitty, flower, bow, tree, water, turkey, baby, pretty, duck, doggy, nigh-night and many other words (aside from the simple mama, dada, hi, bye..etc words). She doesn't just say them, just to say them...she actually knows the meaning of the words. She also knows where all her body parts are...head, mouth, nose, tongue, arms, legs, hands, etc. She knows a few colors & she knows what sounds animals such as a cat, dog, cow, duck, frog, rooster, turkey, sheep, bird as well as sounds of some other animals. When we ask her "what sound does the .... make?" she'll make it.

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2010

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my daughter start walking a week and a day before she turned 12 months old on feb. 6 and all i can say it's on ur son's mind and just be there for him and encourage him... u can bring him to be around children that will affect him to set his mind into it. it depend on his mood to do it or not.

Brandi - posted on 02/20/2010

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Both of my kids started walking early, but only because I made it a point not to confine them from the beginning. I never put them in a playpen or a bouncer/swing. If they weren't sleeping, they weren't in a crib. I think that's what helped. Try giving him plenty of free time where he is not confined. Also, maybe put his toys at his eye level when standing instead of on the floor where he can easily see them when crawling. As far as talking goes, reading to him daily will work wonders. Talk to him often too. He's not behind, but if you do the things I mentioned, it should help make sure he doesn't get there. Don't worry too much, some kids just develop a little slower in the beginning. It doesn't mean he always will.

Katrina - posted on 02/20/2010

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My 2nd daughter was born the 27th of February and she hasnt started walking either , she barely talks ( momma , dadda, bubba , ya ya ) but my oldest daughter ( she's 5 now) she didnt start walking until she was about 16 months ( late walker ) ...All babies are different right ? they learn when they want to :)

Andrea - posted on 02/20/2010

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I just went to the pediatrician the other day and he told me that as long as your baby can say moma, dada, baba, and actually mean those things, you're right on track. As far as walking goes, my baby isn't doing that. He will be 1 on the 27. I find it a big relief that he has not mastered walking. My oldest started walking at 11 months, for me, that was too early! So, enjoy this time with your baby because once they start walking they never stop! They just go,go,go!

Maranda - posted on 02/19/2010

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Every child developes at different rates. My daughter turned 1 yr on the 5 of Feb, she took her first steps a day before she turned 10 months, and was walking on her own a couple weeks later. And she says mom, dad, gee ( puppy) dat ( that) and " blah, blah, blah". Which is more that her 22 month old cousin, so don't worry it'll come.

Venessa - posted on 02/19/2010

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Your baby will take off when hes ready. My oldest son did not walk till he waas 14mths old. My daughter on the other hand walked at 7mths. Its all depends on your child.

Rose - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son started steps at 10 months and was full blow walking by 11 months, my daughter walked with furniture from a little over 1 year but didn't walk till she was 16 almost 17months, don't push him, he will do it when he's ready

Jenny - posted on 02/19/2010

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Don't try to compare your child to anyone else. Many babies don't walk until 15 months and as for talking, on average a 12 month old will have 1 to 5 words spoken clearly. Talk to your child's doctor if you are worried.

Angela - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hi, my daughter began walking @ 10mo, but isn't saying much besides Dada. I am a Doctor of Chiorpractic and I can personally tell you a story I have from a patient I had while I was in clinic @ Palmer College of Chiropractic. Mother came in with her 12mo old, baby was breech in the womb, and this contributed a great deal to the development of this child's musculature, in particular his hip flexor muscle/psoas. Well if you cannot even lift up your legs how are you going to be able to walk. After gentle treatments of adjusting and trigger point therapy he was beginning to stand up next to things, and able to walk within 3 weeks of treatment. Birth can be traumatic for a new born. I recommend you have a DC (one that sees children often) check him out. Seeing a good chiropractor will only help your child develop to their fullest potential (as a DC I remove interference in the nervous system-the system that controls EVERYTHING in the body-through the adjustment. The body can function 100% when there is no interference. If you have any questions please ask.

Debra - posted on 02/18/2010

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well first of all, you CANNOT compare your baby to any other baby. every baby is different, and develops at different paces. so if your baby is not talking more than that, that's ok. if he still does not talk much by about 2 then i would talk to your doctor. and as far as him walking, that is also something that will come when he is ready. you cannot force him to do anything his body is not ready for. when he feels his body is ready he will get up and walk, and you will wish he was still crawling then lol. your baby is fine and dont worry. he will get there eventually. good luck.

Jemma - posted on 02/18/2010

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my daughter will be one on the 24th of february, and she started walking the day she turned 9 months (but i think this is pretty early) and she can say mamma, dadda, tizer (our dog), dog, hiya, byebye, nana, more, look, uh oh, yeh, no, duh and clock

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The average age for walking is 15 months so I wouldn't worry about him not being able to walk yet. My daughter can't walk on her own yet but she does walk around furniture. He should not be saying more that what he is saying already, don't worry he seems to be doing fine and developing at a good rate.

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son just turned one yesterday (the 17th). He isn't walking or standing on his own yet, but he cruises a lot. He's always been a "comando crawler" or soldier crawler... he pushes with his feet and drags his belly. He's starting to do more hands and knees crawling, but he usually just gets a few steps before dropping back down on his belly. I'm not expecting his to do much walking until he get's a little better coordinated, and finds his balance. He doesn't seem too interested in "push" toys, he'd rather be on the floor playing most of the time, but he likes standing up at a table and playing, so we let him play and have snacks on the coffee table. We "walk" him around sometimes holding his hands in ours, but really it is completely normal for kids not to start walking until as late as 17 months. (Although I hope we don't have to wait THAT long! :-P) I find the wait bitter-sweet. On one hand, it'd be exciting to see him do it, and nice to not have to carry him as much (he's getting HEAVY!), but on the other hand, he's going to be getting into a LOT more stuff/trouble once he starts, and he'll probably be less interested in being cuddled/carried once he's got it down pat. I guess it's just one of those things that will come when it comes. ;-)

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don't worry about it! It's normal to walk anytime between 9 mo and 18 mo. Not talking yet? That's OK, too. Every kid is different. Sometimes a little one just isn't interested in saying much, but has a lot going on in that growing mind. If he's still not walking or saying a few more words by 18 months, consult your pediatrician. Good luck to you with your baby boy!

Karmi - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son will be 1 next wednesday. He started walking at about 10 months. It was a shocker actually, I didn't expect it at all.

Sofia - posted on 02/17/2010

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my daughter turned 1 on the 9th and can't walk. she's okay standing up by holding on furniture but not on her own. don't worry.. at least that's what i'm telling myself.

Ovy - posted on 02/17/2010

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myy daughter Nima is 1year old last 15 feb 2010. she has been walk by her self since she was 11 months. i didn't plan anything for that coming accept not carrying her a lot. So far she anly can say dada, bubu and few simple syllables. i think every child is special.they have their own time to bloom. no need to worry. Life is a journey, not a race. Right?! =)

Amy - posted on 02/17/2010

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i have 4 kids, the youngest turned 1 today. she is not walking. she will take 3 or 4 steps, but that is it. and she isn't talking.....only says mama. my oldest didn't walk until 13.5 months and didn't talk until he was almost 2 1/2. he is 6 now and is really smart and can walk and talk just fine....lol. my second talked super early and walked right at 12 months. my third walked at 13 months and just started talking in the past few months....around 2 1/2. every child is different. if you have concerns talk with your doctor. but he is just fine!!!!

Tiffany - posted on 02/17/2010

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my son started taking steps at around 9 months and was running by 10 months. Every baby is different, he'll get it in his own time. I weould only be worried if he wasn't putting any weight on his legs or atempting to move them while you hold him up. That might be a sign of low muscle tone. As for the talking my son also only really 'says' mama and dada and the ped says he perfectly fine. Don't worry so much about what other kids are doing, you know when somethings off with your own.

Elise - posted on 02/17/2010

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Kaylen turns one on Feb. 19th she was pulling up on things at 8 months and by 10 months fully walking. Now she is practically running around and climbing up and down stair in a matter of seconds. If your child isn't walking yet I wouldn't worry they develop in their own time. I sometimes wish she wasn't walking b/c she disappears so quickly. One minutes she is playing in front of me in the living room and the next she has climbed the stairs to our bedroom. Kaylen is really keeping me and my husband on our toes. I tell my mom she is one going on two!

Tenneshia - posted on 02/17/2010

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I took my son to the doctor for his 1st yr check up and they said that a 1yr old should have about 10 words in the bank. My son has over 25...but she also said that you should think about the non-verbal responses. Like if you tell him to come here and he comes, if you tell him to stop and he does as well as understand No. Those are all things you can count. My sons vocab is strong because I never did the baby talk with him, I always just talked to him like normal and he would always watch my mouth. As far as walking i would say embrace it, my son started walking at 11months and now he follows me everywhere. I mean everywhere saying momma, momma looking to see where I am at. But if you reall want him to start walking get him one of those toys that helps them walk. If you are in cincinnati, I can give you my sons. I went out and bought that thang and he touched it all of twice. A wasted $20. LOL best of luck with all of that!

Yasemin - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was 1 year the 8th of February ans he started walking when he was monts and 3 weeks!! Very early indeed , but amazing to watch him.. Now he is walking outside to and i am looking for theese belts you can have around there body to not "loose" them.. Those anyone know where i can get theese?? Hugs to every one:==

Katie - posted on 02/17/2010

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my little girl is goin 2 b 1 on the 23rd of feb and is not walkin yet she is sayin a lot for her age but they say they do one or the other not only that she has 2 big bothers that do a lot 4 her but i will not start worring til she is a year and half they all do it in there own time.

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