Walking

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My son is 17.5 months old and is not walking he does do everything else he climbs up onto things walks along everything and even knee walks!! But just refuses to walk on his own. He seems close but how can i get him into walking!

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Ellyn - posted on 07/26/2011

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My daughter didn't pull herself to stand nor start cruising around on furniture until after she was 13 months old - she was happy as can be crawling around on the floor. After some ribbing from her doctor we got her to get up by herself in about a month and walking around furniture in a month and a half. Our problem was getting her to walk by herself. She was happy holding onto our hands, but as soon as we let go she would intentionally fall to her knees. We'd try holding her waist and getting her to walk from Mommy to Daddy...but she thought that was a game so she'd throw herself at the other parent from 1-3 feet away. We knew she was close, but had no idea how to get her to understand what we were asking her to do.

Finally this past 4th weekend she started walking on her own (16.5 months) but it was HER decision to take that final step (hehe). She was a big toe stander and knee walker (she still stands on her toes a lot but when she walks she is extremely flat footed).

If you are concerned I recommend going and seeing his doctor after 18 months. My doctor wasn't concerned at her 15 months check up because my daughter would take a couple steps on her own and then get to her knees. His doctor's views may be totally different, though.

Celeste - posted on 07/22/2011

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He probably just needs that little bit more confidence, and he will be well away. I wouldnt stress too much at the moment, because he is showing all the right signs for starting or wanting to walk independantly. Try not to push him, but gentle encouragement goes a long way. Before my bub started, I was outside constantly with her, holding her hands and letting her practice on all sorts of surfaces. She got loads of practice, and when it was mizz outside, we practiced inside- it was back breaking- lol- but only for as long as she was happy to keep going. She was cruising around for months before she finally built up the confidence to just do it. When ever she took a step on her own, even if it was just one, we made a huge party of it and she of course loved the praise, and wanted to do it again and again.
Toddlers will start when they are ready, and no sooner, so as long as you are getting out there and letting him practice as much as he needs/ wants to, then you are doing what you can, and he will be walking before you know it.
I also found that the more my daughter watched other little ones about her age walking, the more enthusiastic she became, and wanted to do the same.
Once they start its chaos! :)

Christina - posted on 07/25/2011

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I would talk to your childs ped about it esp since he is walking on his tippy toes. They say it's normal for a child to not walk until they are 18months. He is headed in the right direction and those ages are all 'about' ages, but I would still discuss it with the pedi at his 18 month well baby visit.

I got this from Baby Center about toe walking:
"If your child is always tiptoeing, it's possible that she has a physical problem such as a short Achilles tendon that actually prevents her from standing flat-footed and limits her range of motion in the ankle. But consistent toe walking is more likely a sign of a motor disorder — most commonly, mild cerebral palsy. The most common form of cerebral palsy is "diplegia," which means it involves the bottom half of the body. This is the form of cerebral palsy most common in children who were born prematurely. If this is the case, your child is toe walking because her Achilles tendons and calf muscles are too tight, which means her heel is pulled up and her toes are pulled down."

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Breeanne - posted on 08/12/2011

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use something that he likes most and have him stand against a couch or something and see what happens. i did that with my son and hes a year and a half he learned how to walk be cause i had something he wanted. plus its diiffernt for every baby. but by the sound of it hes bout to be walking soon : )

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He did finally walk a few days before his appt walked everywhere but then stopped. His doctor isn't concern she said he is fine but we are going to see a specialist to help "un train" him from being so high up on his tip toes. We believe that if he wasn't a tip toe walker he would be walking by now. He walks with his push toy all the time he even picks it up and moves it to a direction he wants to go. I think he just isnt sure of his balance, so hopefully with some help to get him to let down will help.

Leslie - posted on 08/06/2011

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ALSO, what finally did it because when you would stand my daughter up she'd fold ot the ground well I literally would get her to stand make a big fuss about it and just leave her and let her see me make a big fuss about her doing it on her own.

Leslie - posted on 08/06/2011

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You won't. He'll do it when he's ready! Just so you have the stage set for him. :) My daughter acted oike she was going to at 12 months and didn't until she was 16 mnths! we put corner protectors on our coffee table and pulled it out from our couch and that created a safe place for her to eventually walk to and from. Don't worry! :)

Robyn - posted on 07/31/2011

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Get him in some supportive shoes. Let him push a stroller, or one of those walking toys,and take him out in the driveway :-)

Malia - posted on 07/30/2011

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Be thankful! My son started walking at 8 months, and it's been crazy. He will walk. He just needs the confidence to let go. He's showing all the signs of physically being able to do it. He'll get there. Don't rush him till he's ready.

Jodene - posted on 07/29/2011

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our son done that so at night we would each sit opposite andget him to try walk to each of us he started by himself in no time

Kristen - posted on 07/28/2011

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Plenty of people I know have kids who didnt start walking until well into thier 17-18 months! I wouldnt worry too much. I wish I could help, but my daughter started walking at 10 months. We encouraged, but never pushed her and new years eve, she just took off!! ( Never stopped either, im one exhausted mama, haha )!!!

Best of luck to you :-)

Anne - posted on 07/27/2011

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My son is the same age and doing the same thing - he is a proficient climber, knee walker, crawler, scooter, cruiser -- but does not seem any closer to taking a step on his own now than he did a few months ago. He also is toe walker sometimes, but CB is not a concern in our case. My daughter was walking at 11 months, running at 12...but I am not too concerned with my son because I just know so many boys who didn't walk until 18/19 months and are perfectly normal, athletic kids now. It's hard to compare siblings, or your child with others their age, but they do all seem to have their own timeline. And, I'll say my son is an incredible climber - much better than my daughter was at the same age...it's actually scary! We are just practicing walking holding on to one hand, not two, and giving lots of encouragement. If he gets to 20 months without walking I may be concerned, but I still think we have time with our 17 month olds, especially with everything else they are doing well with their motor-skills :)

Michele - posted on 07/27/2011

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My son started to walk at 11 months. I did something without even thinking about it and then ended up reading an article that said to do just what I did. I also had a friend who's son wasn't quite walking yet and I showed them what I did, they started to do the same thing and he walked right then and there. That being said, it's worth a try.... I got down on the floor, on my knees. I took my son and stood him up in front of me, facing me. I put him out arms length, holding him under his arms for balance. I waited until he got a good balance and then slightly bent my arms so I was well within reach but just far enough away for him to want to take a step toward me. He first took just one step and I would act as though he walked across the room to me, picking him up and praising him for a great job. You may only be able to do this once before giving him a break and coming back to it or he may be so excited he may want to do it several times. Don't push him or he may not want to do it at all. The excitement - even for 1 step definitely helps to encourage them to do it more. They want the praise. The key is to be on their level facing them though, it is less scary since they see you are right there for them. If he still isn't walking at the 18 mo appt I would ask your pedi about it. Good Luck!

Jill - posted on 07/25/2011

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My son is in early intervention because of a genetic condition. Speaking to his physical therapist she said that up to 18 months is still totally within the 'normal' range. If he isn't walking by his next well visit appt maybe have Early Intervention come to your home and do an evaluation. It is free and a great start.

Sam - posted on 07/25/2011

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my son is the same, he's 17 months and has been cruising and walking holding onto a fingertip for ages, and also climbs everything!! its frustrating but I guess all we can do is encourage and wait !!

Destiny - posted on 07/22/2011

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My son started walking pretty early but he did the same thing for a month or two before he started walking. but I always held his hands and walked him everywhere.

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