My son is not walking, should I worry...

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 months and he is still not walking, he crawls around really fast and can stand alone at times. He just want let go, I think because he doesn't have enough confidence yet and sometimes I feel that he's afraid to let go. He was born at 33 weeks, weighing only 2.9 pounds, he is doing so well now and he's doing all things on target. Should I worry about this and when did your baby start walking? Thanks! Amanda

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User - posted on 11/10/2013

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have you tried a walker i know some people dont like them but its helping my baby girl she was born at 36 weeks and now is 11 months she is walking along the couch and crawls fast to but can run in a walker its kind of funny how she uses it maybe try a walker shes been walking in it since 6 months

Sunil - posted on 10/30/2013

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my son is 3year old his by birth weaight is 1.1kg .now he is become 3year old & walking on 4 leg. also he is not hearing & spaking

Heather - posted on 10/03/2009

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My daughter was a 25 weeker. She didn't start walking until 2 years 3 months old. She has OT and PT and now at 2 3/4 is still working on jumping! My orthopedic sayed that children will walk when their brain development is ready. I wouldn't be worried. He seems to have good muscle control and will be walking before you know it! I know it's hard to watch other people's children surpass your own. But preemies have a developmental chart of their own!

Kristi - posted on 10/02/2009

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My cousin had her baby at full term, and the baby didn't walk until she was 16 months old. There was no "reason" for her not walking, seems that she just decided she didn't want to! I wouldn't worry too much!

Kim - posted on 10/02/2009

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First talk to your child's doctor to find out if he is on or off target. My full term doaughter didn't begin walking until 13-14 months however my preemie began walking at 13 months ( 10 months corrected age). His doctor was surprised at how soon he began walking.

Sharon - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son was 2mos. prem. Tony's 1st B-Day @ my mom's, he just took off running to nana. I loved seeing that, because I was told that he will never walk. Tony's spine wasn't quite develop yet. He had this big laugh runnin & we all freeze frame didn' want him to fall. Made it to nana. After that I invested a digital camera, take it everywhere I go. Now @ 6yrs. old, I just like to watch him run.

Susanna - posted on 09/20/2009

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Hey,

My daughter was born @ 34 weeks and has just started to really walk this week! She has taken steps before, but wasn't confident enough to let go. Don't worry before you know it he will be running. I thought the same with mine, they just need a little more time because technically they just turned a year old.

Sheri - posted on 09/19/2009

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Walking is one of those developmental milestones that has a wide range for what is "normal". At 12 months, about 50% of all babies are walking well. By 14 months, about 90% are walking. But if your child is not walking by then, it is still considered to be within the normal range. It sounds like your son is making all the right moves toward beginning to walk, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Some children, especially boys, develop a bit later and that doesn't mean that anything is wrong. Also, unless your pediatrician is worried, you shouldn't worry either.



I know it can make you crazy to see other children walking at such a young age, and it can make you question if there is something wrong. But rest assured, at 14 months it is still considered ok if your child is not yet walking. Especially if a child is a preemie, developmental milestones can be delayed and still be considered normal. His adjusted age would be around 12 months at the current time, and if only 50% if children are walking at that age, it suggests that 50% are not.



Anyway, everything sounds right on track to me. Hope that helps. :o)

Bonnie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had Xavier at 34 weeks, @ 2lbs 14 ozs. He started walking when he was 16 months old. I use to worry about it too, but my mom always re-assured me that they will do everything on their own time. Xavier is now 4 and he has done just that. He walked at 16 months, gave up his soother at 2 years, and didn't really talk at all till he was 3 and a bit. But now, he is as normal as any 4 year old out there. the worse thing I find is to never push. They will do what they want to do all on their own time. I hope this helps you not to worry so much.

Anna - posted on 09/16/2009

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Hi. My daughter was born at 26 weeks and had 4 and a half months in hospital with lots of procedures before she could come home on oxygen. She walked at 22 months. I think, on the whole, preemies do things slower. They have a few weeks/months to catch up on.

Janey - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son was born at 31 weeks and he just turned 13 months about a week ago. It sounds like he is exactly where your child is developmentally. He walks like crazy if I am holding his arms above him. I just sense that he doesn't have the confidence to do it alone! A PT comes to our home every other week to work with him and make sure he is on target. She said that he is fine and there is no need to worry unless he does not walk before 18 months. At that point, the doctors would need to get involved! I worry also but I try to enjoy it because he is more cuddly since he is still a crawler! Take care!

Keri - posted on 09/14/2009

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Give him more time. My 30 weeker didn't start walking without holding on to something until 22 months. You could always ask your ped for a referral to PT if you are really concerned, but I wouldn't worry yet!

Chelle - posted on 09/14/2009

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My lil' guy is a little over 15 months and he still isn't walking. He can't even stand on his own yet. They said that he could start between now and 18 months. Also here in arizona he has a nurse that sees him every couple months to check on his development and they want him to see her again to check his leg muscles and make sure they are strong enough, just as a precaution though. I agree w/ above, if it's pass 18months then bring it to your pedi's attention. :D

Antoinette - posted on 09/13/2009

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My lil gurl started walkin late. She was almost 2 by the time she started. At first I was worried because she was standing but she just wouldnt walk. It will come. They just need a lil extra time. I am also goin to recommend tht you tlk to someone at ur local child development svcs agency (cdsa). they will do a free evaluation of ur child and if svcs like physical, occupational, or speech therapy is needed they will provide the svc. The cool part is tht they will come and do the visits at ur home. But gv him some more time. It may be tht he just doesnt hv the confidence to walk on his own.

Liz - posted on 09/13/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it. My twins are almost 15 and a half months ( 14 months corrected) and they don't walk yet either. My daughter shows no interest in it yet, and my son does the exact same thing as yours. They were born at 33 weeks 6 days. My son weighed 4 pounds 10 ounces and my daughter 3 pounds 12 ounces. Both are doing well now too.

Becky - posted on 09/13/2009

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My little girl was born at 35 weeks and she is 19months now but is not walking or standing alone, the doctors have said its ligament laxitey (where there ligaments are loose) due to prematurity, she wont walk till about 2. But they say its anytime between 12-18months any baby can walk so he might just catch up soon, if he passes 18 months maybe ask your doc

Cheri - posted on 09/12/2009

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My son was also a late walker, 13 months to the day! But here is a really cool thing I learned in college . . .

Navajo women wore their babies strapped tightly to them so they could work (FOR 2 YEARS). At two years old their kids were allowed to roam free with the other children, and it didn't take them very long to catch up to the rest of the kids!

Isn't that a cool story? Cultural differences, but if your boy isn't walking yet, I'd say let him pace himself until he feels steady, remember developmentally he's going to be just a little behind (as most preemies are) for awhile! Don't worry, he'll catch up.

God bless,

Cheri

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