Baby walks on tip toes??

Clare - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hiya my Ella is 15 months old and she ain't walking yet but when i hold her hands or she walks with walker its on tip toes. Is this normal?

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Robyn - posted on 05/04/2010

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My 16mth old has been walking for 6mths now and just recently started walking on her tippy toes. I love it and think its adorable! She walks flat foot most of the time and every once in a while she will put one of her stack rings on her arms and walk around on her toes. She never used a walker what so ever and does it..just something she learned and does

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Vixi - posted on 05/04/2010

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Hiya thank God someone else posted this question coz my 16 month old daughter does the complete same thing!!! I was recommended by my HV not to put her in the walker so much as that is the main cause, so now I just let her crawl around freely. She isnt walking yet either but took her 1st 3 steps yesterday :) x

Jillian - posted on 05/04/2010

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Initially, there is nothing to worry about. As others have said, just keep an eye to see if he ever walks on his entire foot. I have a niece (she's 5 yrs now) who was a preemie, and she would always walk on her toes. She liked to dance a lot, so most no one paid much attention. It turns out she has cerebral palsy, and she has had to have her achilles tendons lengthened, serial casting, phenol and botox injhections.

Jane - posted on 05/04/2010

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oh! i love the tippy toe walk! yes, it's completely normal. they seem so dainty when they do this!

Rebecca - posted on 05/03/2010

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When a baby first begins walking they typically walk on the balls of their feet. Toe walking is typically caused by a tight Achilles tendon or contracted muscle. If it continues for more than a few months after they begin walking then you might want to talk to your pediatrician. It is something that is entirely treatable if it continues.

Mandy - posted on 05/02/2010

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What type of walker are you using? If it's the type that the babies stand in, then this is probably the cause, they don't help babies to learn to walk. It's better to get the ones they walk behind and push along are much better for helping to learn to walk properly.

Christina - posted on 05/01/2010

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Well for some babies it is normal, however it could be a sign of other things as well. Was he a preemie? because thats pretty common for a preemie not to have certain muscle memory and they end up walking on their toes. Also, Autism is the big worry. (I have an autisic 9 year old and a preemie as well) Almost all children with autism start out by walking on their tippy toes. When he stands its a good idea to place his heals on ground so he can form some muscle memory in his legs. Just keep doing it as much as you can.

Crystal - posted on 05/01/2010

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i would have to say yes my son dakoda is 15months old been walking for 7months now and when he frist started he did everything on his tippy toes somtimes i still catch him doing now and then try puttin shoes on her that helps alot with my lil man might help you to

Donell - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hi my son did this when he first started walking holding on to my hand I asked the peadiatrician said to do bare foot walking he soon grew out of it.

Alicia - posted on 04/20/2010

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It's normal. She will eventually learn to put the whole foot down to walk. If it does keep going and you believe it's been too long, then take her to the doctor and make sure everything is fine with her bones.

Carmen - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter does the same but she is walking; At times you see her walking normally and at other times you see her walking in "invisible heels". I believe she learned this from learning to walk in the walker. That is just my opinion.

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