How can i help my one year old walk

Kiara - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My little man will walk with a walker but wont let go of any thing to stand on his own any thing i can do to help him.

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Elizabeth - posted on 06/20/2013

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My one year daughter not walking and when i try helping her to walk she will yell at me and sit down

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When he was about 6mths old (I think) I used back-strengthening exercises with him (seesawing back and forth while I held his hands and we sat face to face on the floor), then when he wanted to go somewhere I would hold his hands as he stood up with me and we would move around that way. I let him see me stomp my foot onto the ground (I'm still trying to stop him curling his toes, but we're getting there). He started walking just before he turned 11mths. It's also about an inclination to want to do it. My boy's fiercely independent and got sick-to-death of crawling and rolling. Wanted to walk like everyone else, so he did it. *shrug* It's just choice, I guess. I don't know about food incentives but I put toys on the other side of the room for him to travel over to.

Carol - posted on 03/26/2010

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I say just let your child work it out on his own. My son doesn't walk on his own. He glides from object to object and when we go fishing he uses a cart and walks with that. For his birthday we got him a walker and he dosn't even use it, he chooses when he's at home to walk on his knees with or with out it. My husband and I or my mom and I will help him walk by holding one of his hands, but he's not ready just yet to do it by himself without being tricked. The other day my moms friend came over and kept urging him to walk by himself saying he should be walking yadda yadda, my son and your son will walk when they want to, don't take his security away.

Amy - posted on 03/26/2010

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my daughter just started walkin at 12.5 months...pediatrician said to help build her confidence so we'd clap for her anytime she let go of things n stand there or would walk between furniture or to us. Now when she gets to somewhere, she claps for herself. All kids are different and walk at differnet times...Maybe without the walker, he'd have no choice but to either crawl or walk/surf on his own if he really wants to get somewhere. We didn't use any walking stuff, just let her work it out on her own. Our pediatrician had her try walking to me because he said they are most motivated to walk to their mom (she wasnt walking at 1 yr appt but he wanted to see if she could do it). Have patience and good luck

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Kelly - posted on 09/04/2013

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I wouldnt pressure him I think he will walk when hes ready Noone grows up and talks about when they learned to walk with there freinds ...only moms do that so just relax and enjoy babyhood because it ends so fast

Keeley Anne - posted on 12/13/2012

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my son 1 years old,, walks along the sofa.. just the case of letting go now.

try getting a push along walker, with no seat , so all they got hold of it the bar at the top with no support round them just what there holding on to :) , aslo getting the toys out and put them on the sofa so he has to get them . then move them why his playing to other sofa or somewhere , he will get feed up of keep getting down up, so he will walk to the other sofa, then soon anuff he will take his first septs on his own xxx make sure you clap and hug him everytime he does this , he will do it more to get your eyes looking at him onlly xx

hope this helps :)

Bonita - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have heard that the babies who crawl a lot are actually very smart, so don't worry if he is not walking yet. My first two were walking by a year old, but my youngest is 13 months and still hasn't taken his first step. He definitely gets around though, can crawl up and down stairs. I think they will walk when they are ready, and it is nothing to be overly concerned about.

Sheena - posted on 03/29/2010

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Like amy we didn't give Landon anything to use. he either has to crawl or walk. It really does speed up the process. I would put everything he is using as a helper and get him to start walking short distances to you. and each time stretch out the distance or take a step just barely out of reach each time he gets close to you. after a time they will realize what you are doing and he will figure it out that he can and will do it on his own. This weekend Landon almost walked across the entire living room completely on his own. He got two feet away from the kitchen and then decided to crawl to me the rest of the way because it's a lot faster right now. He saw his bottle. LOL

Kristal - posted on 03/27/2010

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it's about waiting....i know too well. my baby decided to just cling to everything. Try having a partner and enticing him with a snack of some sort moving away a little at each time. cereal puffs are what got my daughter walking the empty space, and now she just picks herself up and wobbles around! :)

Liz - posted on 03/27/2010

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i put my daughter in her walker i find letting her crawl around and explore she starts pulling her self up and loosing go she just turned 1 a week ago also if u hold ur baby get them steady on there feet and loose go better if someone is on the other side telling them to come on come to me is good they love it and we found our daughter wouldnt put her feet flat for a while so we bought her hard bottom trainers from sportsworld they was 15auid but they worth every penny

Lindsey - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son does the same thing!!! He has been "cruising" and standing on his own for months now, but refuses to even TRY walking. he has the capability to do it (he walks around pushing his big sis's baby doll stroller and it offers hardly any support) but lacks the confidence to try it on his own. Any advice??

Sheena - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son turned 1 on the 23rd. THe most steps he had been taking on his own were 3 or 4. Saturday the 19th. He took 17 steps (1 step was counted for using both feet, so if you want to say individual steps he took 34.) All on his own. Grandma kept her hands close enough where he could almost reach and kept stepping back while Aunt Jenni walked behind him not holding on. But to where he knew she was there if she needed him. He has already figured how to climb the stairs, climb onto the couch, the coffee table and anything else he can try. Next we will be working on his flips. LOL... He almost has the balancing upside down in the bag. He will be ready for gymnastics soon enough. :) Remember there is no limit to what your kid can do. The only limits are the ones you set.

Renae - posted on 03/26/2010

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To answer Amber, at 1 year we would expect she is pulling herself up to stand while holding on to something, but its fine if she isn't walking along holding on or standing on her own, she has plenty of time for that. At 1 she should be able to hold her own weight on her legs, stand with feet flat and straight legs and at least be trying to pull herself up. She sounds perfectly normal to me.

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My little girl just turned a year on the 20th, and has no intentions on walking at all!! She doesn't even walk along the furniture. Nor can she stand up by herself. Should she at least be doing one of those? I'm not really pushing her though, I don't mind that she is still my baby, and I think I've tried to keep her that way :) my oldest will be 3 in May, and she's been walking since 10 mos. It's crazy how different siblings can be!

Cathi - posted on 03/25/2010

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expected time frame for walking is anywhere between 10 and 18 months. Don't worry that he's not walking on his own yet...my little guy just turned one and does not walk on his own yet either. He cruises along furniture, or takes steps if you are holding both hands...don't rush him, cause Lord knows, you will be drove nuts when he can get into everything faster, LOL!! =D It will come in time!

Kathy - posted on 03/25/2010

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Like the other posters have said, he'll walk when he is confident, and he is still within the normal range. I was a really early walker and we thought my son would be too, since he started cruising and pushing his wagon when he was seven months old. He would occasionally take a few steps from his dad to me and then back, but didn't seem to interested in walking on his own. Then one day, right before his first birthday, he did. Definitely don't have your son spend too much time in a walker. Instead you might want set up chairs and wall spaces and things for him to cruise along and as he gets more comfortable, move them a little further apart to encourage a step or two.

Sophie - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hi. My son is just coming up 13 months and is not walking yet. At around 9 months he began to stand up on his own and didit loads but around 11 months he just stopped and wouldnt stand up atall unless he was holding on to something! He has just the last few weeks started doing it again so hopefully it wont be too long before hes walking but i think he realised it was easier to crawl than to try to walk! sorry i cant help but they will do it in their own time - some babies dont start walking till their a year and a half so hes not developing slowly!! xx

Renae - posted on 03/25/2010

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The normal range for starting to walk is 10 to 16 months. So he still has plenty of time to do it on his own, you dont have to do anything.

Some things to be aware of at this stage are that he has furniture around suitable for using to pull himself up and furniture that he can trail (also called "cruise") on (walk along taking side steps while holding on to something). He will then naturally start to let go and try to stand on his own. After about a month of this he will try to walk on his own. You can also limit time in the walker, they are fine in moderation but do not encourage baby to strengthen their legs by standing and cruising on their own.

Kim - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son turned one last week and doesn't even crawl normally yet, he just does the army crawl and the butt scoot. My older 2 kids were the same way, one walked at 15 months and the other at 16. They will all get it in time. My doc said not two worry about it , if he is not walking by 2 then we will. And a good pair of high top baby walking shoes are the best to encourge that.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 03/23/2010

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My daughter turned 1 this past saturday and has been walking on her own since 8 months 9 days. i didn't walk until i was 13 months and my husband was between 9 and 10 months. Bella has always liked being up on her feet standing (since about 3 months). She's been cruising around furniture since about 5-6 months. she is an only child and wasn't ever around other children much, so she never wanted to crawl, but when we started taking her to the play place at the mall, she loved watching the other children getting around. she started crawling within a few days and was walking a month later. Every child is different, but if you are concerned, try having him be around other children his age and a little older that are walking. He'll watch them and probably not want to be left out.

Ruth Anne - posted on 03/22/2010

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Our daughter started cruising on the furniture around 9 months, and using her push cart like a pro, but didn't take her first solo steps until about 10 1/2 months (just a very few, then nothing for a few weeks) - and only started walking a few weeks ago. But boy, once she figured it out, it's been go, go, go! It's like a switch that just flipped in her brain.

Lacey - posted on 03/21/2010

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Our Brody just turned 1 on March 6. At his well check, the pediatrician said that the ideal walking age is 12-15 months. Normally the kids that walk sooner is because the parent(s) tends to push them to do so. Just give it time and let him go on his own. Ours isn't walking solo yet, but he walks up and down the furniture all day holding on. Just give it time!

SHalene - posted on 03/20/2010

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mines turns one in 9 dayss.for the past month he would only walk with a push toy or by holding things..yesterday he woke up a new little man..he just began walking all on his own..we still watch him closely..hes smart bc he only walks on rug.just give your baby time..its all about them feeling comfortable..

Karen - posted on 03/20/2010

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Often they can do more than they think they can. My friend's baby was doing the same as your son and then one day he saw something he wanted on another chair about 3 steps away and he went to get it without thinking about it. Maybe setting up a situation like this might lure him to try walking without support, even if just for a few steps.

Georgina - posted on 03/20/2010

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I think its just a matter of waiting til theyre ready and feeling confident. Mine was one last week and hes getting more confident each day, stands up all the time but clings on to things, but now and again hell let go for a second. Just be patient. :-)

Elizabeth - posted on 03/19/2010

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my son is a year old and doesnt walk alone but he is walking along furniture and climbing the stairs and learning how to use the the blocks

Stephanie - posted on 03/19/2010

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my son isnt walking either, he stands and rocks by himself, and uses the furniture to walk around. He curls his toes when he is standing....any tips to uncurl them?

Lori - posted on 03/18/2010

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My little girl just turned a year old last week and is not walking either. I'm a working mom and my husband also works so its hard to work with her. She takes a couple steps between us but that's it. I figure she'll walk when she's ready.

Shelz - posted on 03/18/2010

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he may be just a lil unsure. one of the reasons i never used a walker, too reliant on it... Try standing him up against the couch and if hes walking along it then the next step is generally letting go of it

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