How can I encourage my 15 month old to walk?

Megan - posted on 07/14/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old daughter is not walking on her own yet and the Ped is somewhat concerned. I have to take her back in 1 month for another check up and if she is not walking by then they will do a work-up to see if something is physically inhibiting her from walking. I don't think anything is physically wrong because she has been progressing. She is now at the point where she loves to walk when holding on to my fingers with both her hands, but does this on her toes. She even wants to "walk" up the steps instead of crawl. She can also stand on her own for several seconds, but thinks it's funny when she plops down on her bottom. Does anyone know of any exercises or anything we can do to encourage her to take the next step (literally)?

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Ti'Anna - posted on 07/14/2011

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You should try having you and your husband sit across from each other each holding one of her favorite toys with her in the middle kind of like "monkey-in-the-middle" but not completely. Have her try and walk to each of you to get her toy and then turn around and go back and forth. Then the further she walks the further back you two sit away from each other. I hope this helps.

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User - posted on 12/29/2011

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Hey Megan, just brought my dtr. to her 15mo. checkup today and they said the same thing, my dtr. does the exact same thing, was wondering what helped and if she's walking?

Autumn - posted on 07/15/2011

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I really wouldn't worry about it. My daughter didn't start walking at all until she was 14 months. At first, I'd catch her standing on her own. When I'd try to work with her, she would just get aggravated and would plop down on the ground. Within less than a week, she went from standing for a few minutes without support to taking a couple of steps BARELY on her own to walking all over the place. Now she can really get around, and she's close to running! It was truly amazing! Maybe you could get your daughter involved in an activity that would require her to walk and let her get practice. My daughter made tremendous progress when she spent a weekend at my cousins' house. They were outdoors a lot, and she was having a blast and kept practicing and practicing. I was so surprised when she came home! I live in an apartment with no yard or anything, and we have to travel 20 minutes away to the closest park to enjoy our outdoor time, which doesn't happen as often as I would like. Good luck! I think your daughter will do fine! All babies are different! She'll walk when she's ready!



Also, I'd like to let you know that my daughter will be 16 months on July 19th.

Sarah - posted on 07/14/2011

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Hi Megan. If she is walking while holding your fingers etc and going up steps etc i wouldn't be over concerned. If she wasn't doing anything then maybe. I have a 20 month old son and he is not walking and doing much the same. I have a trolley and I find he actually walks while pusing that. Also maybe encourage her to climb and that would maybe build the strength in her legs. I think my sons excuse is just laziness. LOL. Why walk when I can get mum to carry me. Trouble is he is getting mighty heavy. My husband apparently didn't walk till 18 months. Some just develop faster or slower in certain area;s. You will probably find your daughter with be an athletic sprinter when she is older. Keep your chin up and good luck.

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Unless there are other issues I'm also surprised that the ped is concerned at this point. Unless there IS an issue.... she'll walk when she's ready. I didn't walk til 18 months (I DO have some issues, but relatively minor).

Lucy - posted on 07/14/2011

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I wouldn't worry too much yet. A friend's son was only walking after 16 months, then one day he just got up and did it pretty much flawlessly - turned out he was just pretty happy were he was and didn't feel the need to walk! 15 months is still definitely within the normal range, and if she can walk holding onto your fingers and onto furniture, she'll soon get the hang of it.

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I'm surprised the ped is concerned. Generally, there is no need to be concerned until the baby is 18 months old.

My oldest didn't walk until she was 15 months old. She sounds like your daughter...wanting to hold my hands while walking. I think she was overly cautious and didn't want to let go. Once we were walking, I stopped, and she kept going. She didn't realize until several steps later. Those were her first steps.

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