15 month old not walking

Padma - posted on 02/18/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




So my son will be 15 months old on 2/25 and he is still not walking. He cruises by holding onto furniture and he is able to stand etc with support but he is unable to walk on his own. My anxiety is up about this as we were just at a birthday party and all the other kids even younger ones were walking!! I am seeing our pediatrician at the beginning of next month and will ask her about it but in the meantime I am concerned and wondering if all is well with him. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


Michelle - posted on 02/18/2012




he just may be more cautious then others if he is toddling around furniture I would bet that he could do it without he just isn't sure of it yet.


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Jenni - posted on 02/28/2012




If he's cruising, I wouldn't be too concerned. I know it's sometimes hard not to when you see your little ones peers reaching milestones before them. But he's still within what is considered average for walking, anywhere between 9-18 months.

Just encourage him to break away from what he's holding onto and take a step towards you. I find once they figure out that first step, they move very quickly.

Sarah - posted on 02/28/2012




My daughter didn't start walking until 18 months. Now she has other issues going on and was considered delayed for them, BUT, her pediatrician and physiotherapist said she was still within the "normal" period of time for walking. The AVERAGE age for walking is 14 months old. This means 50% will walk before then, and 50% after then. If he's cruising on furniture and doesn't have some sort of medical delay I wouldn't worry about it, he'll get there in his own time. Most doctors won't worry about it unless they're not doing it by 18 months. I think this is one of the things that we as mothers get worried about so much because there seems to be a sense of pride people exude when their babies walk early, which almost imports a sense of shame on them when they don't walk early. Kids develop at different rates, it's nothing to do with parenting at all. Try and look on the positive side too, they get into a lot more once they figure it out!

Leslie - posted on 02/26/2012




My son was about 18 months before he really walked on his own. He was a very large boy, though, weighing in at almost 30 pounds wearing size 3T since 9 months.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2012




I agree with Michelle if he's cruising along furniture he's capable of doing it he just doesn't have the confidence to let go. Try standing just out of arms reach from him where he would have to let go and encourage him to step towards you. This is how I eventually got my daughter to start taking steps on her own at 14 months. When she finally let go we made a huge deal about it and I caught her before she fell.

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