12mo boy doesn't crawl or walk

Fiona8688 - posted on 06/19/2017 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 12 months and still doesn't crawl or walk, he doesn't like being on his tummy too long. He could stand sometimes with support but not long he just started to sit unsupported but still falls over every now and then. Idk what I could do to encourage him to be more mobile. Sometimes he gets frustrated when I try to make him sit or stand he'll start to cry.

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Katija2013 - posted on 06/24/2017

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i had twins and my daughter was a very floppy infant. eg. delayed walker, standing etc, verbal, absolutely everything youve mentioned. i stressed and stressed. i took her to our local hospital for several sessions of physio even. honestly, it was a waste of time. she developed in her own time, and now is so physically strong, shes like a different child! honestly try and not stress. have bub looked over, but ultimately nothing will really speed up development. and i absolutely agree that those baby walkers are detrimental to a childs dev - as said by physio too. children all have their own pace of development. make sure your son is getting a healthy diet, plenty of sunshine and he'll be absolutely fine. biggest tip- dont compare your child to others and dont worry so much woth milestone charts.

Dove - posted on 06/21/2017

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A walker will not help him learn to walk. They actually can have the opposite effect. What does his doctor say? Not walking by 12 months IS completely normal and some babies never crawl, but given some of the other things you mention it would definitely be worth getting him checked out for any potential developmental delays. He could just be taking his own time on things, but it's better to get it checked out and have it be nothing than to just wait and find out he could have benefited from therapies earlier.

Fiona8688 - posted on 06/20/2017

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Hi Nettie, thanks for your tips. I'm a stay at home mom and all my nephews and nieces 4 and up. He can't pull himself up, he can only be in sitting position if i put him that way but not on his own if laying flat. There is other things he can't do that concerns me like holding his own bottle or feeding himself, i try to teach him but he pulls his hands away and just rather have me hold it for him. I was hoping that maybe he would walk by his first birthday, he has a walker and usually goes backwards more. He just started going forward but only by leaning. I've just been trying to hold him in a standing position to hold onto furniture, he does ok for a little bit then he'll just get frustrated and leans the top part of his body forward with his butt out. Another thing I tried is putting toys out but he doesn't try to crawl towards it or he kind of looks like he's swimming with one arm and leg. I've read that others have only started walking up to 18 months. I still have some time but i'm worried that what if he still doesn't after that time.

Nettie - posted on 06/20/2017

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Hey Fiona Lu,

Do you have him around other children his age? From my experience, my mom wasn't interested in walking at first but after being around walkers made piqued his interest and made him start walking sooner. Do you take him to park? Is there a Gymboree Play & Learn Program where you live? I signed my son up for a center when he was 3 months because he's an only child and I wanted him to development socialization skills and they worked with and contributed to him crawling, walking, and just about everything sooner than normal. Hope this helps but don't be discouraged because all children move at their own pace and when he is ready to walk he will. I used to feel the same way when my one of my classmate's daughter was walking at 7 months meanwhile my son was only 'professionally crawling' he didn't start walking until he was 9 months. Another thing, try walking with him on your feet.
Good Day.

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