What is a normal age for kids to start walking ?

Danielle - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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my son is 14 months old .. he walks behind stuff and around things but not by himself .

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Bethany - posted on 09/01/2012

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hey dont stress i walked at 7 mths (climbed 4.5 foot in the air up a ladder at 8mths) my brother (older) walked at 13mth my partner was 10mth his 2 older boys about 12 mths and my son was crawling at 5mths climbing what he could at 7 and walking unassisted at 9.5 mths.... we are all different some need a little more encouragement to do stuff, i always wanted tom to walk and talk n now at 2y6m all i want him to do sometime is to sit down n shut up! my mates daughter (11mths older than tom) still wasnt walking at toms 2nd bday it took her seeing that if u can walk u can get alot more stuff quicker, after spending 5 hrs watching him toddle around it took her 13 hrs (over 2 days) to learn to go from crawling to standing to walking! and be aware what u think they cant reach when they are cruising is completely different from when they are walking, i learnt the hard way and lost so many things to my trash pack tommy :)

Lol - posted on 08/26/2010

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When he feels confident enough to do so or finds something he wants more than the fear of letting go? Help by making it a game- try to get him to walk a couple of steps between you and dad/gran/big bro/sis whoever and give him lots of 'yae! your amazing' clappy stuff when he does, does he have a push along toy that'll give confidence to move about the room whilst holding something, walk him a bit holding his hands etc....no child didn't walk through laziness x

Joli - posted on 08/13/2010

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I was told that boys take longer to learn things...not always the case, of course. Everyone learns at different rates. My 14 month old son started out the same way yours did. He also cruised (holding on to things while walking). He was a great climber, too. He just started walking during his 13th month. One day, he started out with 1 step...then, three...and kept increasing in the matter of a coule of weeks. Consistently, my husband and I would encourage him and practice with him...to boost his confidence. Hoe this helps...good luck! :)

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Laura - posted on 08/31/2012

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My son walked at 14mths, my daughter at 10mths, my othEr son at 12mths and I have a 10 month old who isn't even sitting up. All children do thinks at there own time. My sisters little girl didn't walk until she was 2

Tiffany - posted on 08/25/2012

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My oldest (now 6) started a little over 14 months, my middle child (now 3 1/2) started at 13 1/2 months and my youngest (just turned 1 year) started around 9 1/2 - 10 months!!!



I don't think that there really IS a "normal" age for walking :) or well, a "normal" for ANYTHING anymore!! LOL :)

Louise - posted on 07/05/2012

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hi danielle,they walk when there ready really,as long as they dont get past 19 months .Then i would worry abit.Ive got 7 children and the difference between them was quite amazing.
My 1st child was 10 months,my 2nd was 11 months,my 3rd was 14 months,my 4th was 17 months,my 5th 11 months,my 6th was 15 months.
My 7th is only 8 months still, time will tell with him,but my kids prove there all different its all about strengh in there lower body not how clever/quick they are.
The fact that your son can walk behind/around things says he wont be long
he just needs the confidents to let go.
When our kids could walk around things we used to sit opposite each other and keep letting go and they would keep trying to walk from one of us to the other
They thought it was a game and loved it,to the point where they wanted to walk to us.

Crystal - posted on 07/03/2012

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My 2 yo was walking at 12 months, but my 14 month old still doesn't walk. I think though it's reassuring that the child is makIng progress. He started my standing, hiding onto thi hs and occasionally will let go, cruises and now recently will walk with a moveable object such as the highchair. I hear that most kids are walki g by his age (14 mo) but that the normal range can be up to 18 mo. Every baby is sooooo different!

Evelyn - posted on 04/18/2012

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My grandson is 8 1/2 months and has been taking steps for about 3 weeks and all of a sudden this week just took off and wont slow down, it varies from child to child but confidence is important, we have been messing with him on his steps since he first tried to take a step and always clapped and said good job when he would take one.

Holly - posted on 08/25/2010

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it really doesn't matter unless he gets older and still hasn't walked, then you might want to talk to his pedestrian and see what is up! but the earliest is 7M i think.. my fiances sister started walking at 7M i heard. the latest is 1 yr..

Carrie - posted on 08/24/2010

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There really isnt a "normal" age...My son was 12 months and daughter 10...that was early...if hes walking aroung things by holding on to them im sure its just a matter of a month or two before you cant keep up with him :)

Joy - posted on 08/23/2010

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My son was 15 months when he started walking on his own. He could walk just choose not to, so one I sat with my mom & dad and had myson walk to each one of us for like 30 min and by then end he thought it was so funny cause we made a big deal of it and after that he walked instead of crawled.

Diane - posted on 08/19/2010

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My Son started at about 10 months. Although we did what everyone told us not to and held his hands whenever he wanted to go for a walk around the house. Gradually we went from 2 hands to holding just one as you would with a toddler crossing the street and then he just went from one to none.
Worked for us.
I think they are all different and off they go as they feel comfortable

Tracey - posted on 08/19/2010

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ALL KIDS ARE DIFFERENT SO DONT BE TOO DISSAPOINTED IF YOUR LITTLE ONE WALKS LATER THAN OTHERS. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER WAS WALKING BY HERSELF AT 10 MONTHS BUT MY YOUNGEST IS 13 MONTHS AND CANT WALK BY HIMSELF YET.

Amanda - posted on 08/18/2010

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There is no normal age to walk they all do it when they are ready. It depends on lots of things like weight and just being content with no want ing to walk. Dont worry about it. My daughter walked a week before 1st birthday but as an ex nanny i have come across loads of kids that walk both earlier and later than that. If he isnt walking by 2 you could talk to doctor or plunket but hey he will when ready!! Boys are definately heavier too!!

Belinda - posted on 08/18/2010

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I've head of 9 and 10 month olds walking. My son just started days ago at 15 months old.

Heather - posted on 08/18/2010

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My older ones walked at 18 months and 16 months. My doctor told me by the 18m check up if they were not at least taking a couple steps we would go to an orthopedic specialist for a check up.They are now 4 and 3 respectively and are just fine. Relax. Ignore people that question or comment. It will come soon enough.

Betsy - posted on 08/18/2010

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My Sadie girl was the same way. She started walking independently at 18 months old. The doctor told us that she was just a late bloomer.

Tina - posted on 08/18/2010

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Some or better walker others are better talkers...My daughter finally walked by herself at about 15 mths...

Helena - posted on 08/18/2010

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My son was 15 months before he started walking solo. He cruised for ages but I think he didn't have the confidence to try on his own. Look at it as a sign of intelligence too - they know if they do it on their own they'll probably fall and hurt themselves!! He'll do it when he's ready - don't worry :)

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alot of people say that as long as they walk before 18 months that is still considered in the normal range

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2010

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that sounds fine...kids are all different and they will do it when they are ready...my son and I were both nine months old when we started walking on our own! we were very early actually, my sister on the other hand was about 14 or 16 months when she finally started to walk....if he can use things and walk around stuff sounds like he is getting ready to walk on his own just give it time...

Erin - posted on 08/17/2010

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He'll get there, don't worry. As long as he is developing normally in other physical areas, I wouldn't worry at all. It'll just take the proper motivation. After having sons who walked at 10 and 12 months, my daughter was 15 months and still not walking. I knew she could do it, she just wouldn't.
Then when she saw a girl cousin, smaller than herself, walking around our house like she owned the place, she finally stood up started going on her own.
Just encourage your son without pressuring him too much. Make it fun, not stressful.

Bonnie - posted on 08/16/2010

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Both my boys were late crawlers and started walking by 11/12 months. Every child is different though and you shouldn't rush it. I have heard it can take some kids up to 2 years of age. I wouldn't worry just yet.

Kaley - posted on 08/15/2010

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My son started walking around 11 months. He was running away from me about 13 months!

Jackie - posted on 08/14/2010

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they say girls walk before boys, and boys talk first, i think its a load of rubbish, they will walk when they are ready, i had to learn that with both my boys, kieran was 14 months and harley was 16 months. it can be as early as 10 months anywhere up to 2 years. doesnt mean anything, how clever they are, or are going to be, it can be frustrating when your friends have younger babies that are walking, but you know your own baby and they will do it in their own time. :)

Cheryl - posted on 08/14/2010

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my son was about 16 months when he started walking..all kids walk at different stages..don't be alarmed!

Cassandra - posted on 08/14/2010

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My oldest, who is now 12yrs started walking just after he turned one, about 13 month I guess. My youngest, who is 2 now, started walking at 10 months. Yet he will not talk, at 2 he still says only the basics, Momma, Dada, Bubba. They are all different and I would not worry about it too much.

Nicole - posted on 08/14/2010

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My son started to walk with help at 10 months. He started walking alone at 11 months and how he runs or toddles at 14 months.

Cheryl - posted on 08/14/2010

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Danielle, he's doing very well indeed. Don't worry about a thing. One day he wont be walking and the next he'll take his first steps. He's doing great. xx

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RIGHT before my son started walking on his own he was doing EXACTLY what your son is doing now. He is learning to walk, by holding onto things and walking with their support. I think walking behind a push toy is GREAT practice, just like walking WITH them...(notice they spend so much time watching our feet while they do this.)
It sounds to me like he's just steps away from being brave enough to try it on his own. Good luck...they never slow down after they figure out walking!

Zoe - posted on 08/14/2010

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babys can take up to 18 months to learn to walk my daughter walked at 10 months but my friends daughter started walking at 18 months they just do it in their own time when they feel ready

Devin - posted on 08/13/2010

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I had read on a site for mile stones most children usually start walking on their own 12-14 months but my daughter started walking on her own 9 months but that just shows that every child is different and he will walk when he is ready just keep up the praise and motivation and he will get to running before you know it :]

Sarah - posted on 08/13/2010

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My son is 1 and "cruises," but no unassisted walking. Everybody's always in such a hurry... trying to get him to the next milestone faster. When was the last time you heard of someone just never learning to walk because their mom didn't teach them fast enough? :) They learn when they are ready. I say appreciate this time. Before long you will be chasing the kid all over the place! Enjoy the ride.

Laura - posted on 08/13/2010

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hi danielle my son started walking at one..but i have friends whos children didnt walk till 16 months..i think it depends on the child.. he as made a start by walking behind things so after a while he will probs start trying with out the fings infront of him..when he feels confident enough to do so.. it will come tho xx

NAdia - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter only started walking at 16 months, my monther and mother in law was warried because they thought there was something wrong with her but to day she's very bright and a haapy toddler...don't stress there is no such thing as a baby should walk at a surtan age. a Child will walk as soon as he/she is ready!!!!

Wynter - posted on 08/12/2010

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I personally believe that it is when they feel comfortable doing so!! My son started at 10 months and had a really bad fall so he stopped and didn't start again until he was 13 months!! I don't really think there is a 'normal' age for children to start walking though!!

Renee - posted on 08/12/2010

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hi danielle!! i have a 16 month old who is walking around things!! has only taken 2 steps without holding on to anything!! but he just wont walk :(... i was told not to hold his hands and help him walk as it lowers their confidence. The nurses just keep telling me that its a confidence thing but im not sure as my son climbs up onto kitchen table and will climb from the couch to the coffee table!! to be honest i think my son is just lazy!! does your son interact with other children? eg.. daycare

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