My son is 1 and is still not walking any ideas

Tiffany - posted on 01/18/2011 ( 54 moms have responded )

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Any ideas on how to get my Son to start walking..

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Lauren - posted on 01/21/2011

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Normally, I wouldn't jump right into a discussion, but you're post hits close to home. My son is 22 months. He crawled at 13 months and just took his first steps at 20 months, he walks now, but is certainly at the beginning stages. Anyway, my ped assured me that there was nothing physically wrong and that he would walk when he is ready. So, we were patient and let him come along, which he did. So long as your son is not having a physical problem, he is probably just not ready. My son is very easy going, patient and not a risk taker, so for his personality, not walking right away actually made sense. Anyway, long winded post. Hope there's something helpful in it.

Kirsten - posted on 01/20/2011

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He will walk when he is ready. My son is almost one (he turns one on the 30th of this month) and he is not walking yet either. I figure that I will encourage and work with him, but he will do it when he is ready to.

Codie - posted on 01/18/2011

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get one of those things that has a handle like a cart and wheels so that he can push and walk behind it. i know lots of kids who didn't walk until a few weeks after they got one of those. good luck and keep trying, he'll do it!

Firebird - posted on 01/24/2011

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Why the rush? I've never actually seen a child walk unassisted at 12 months old. Some do, some don't. They all do it in their own time. He'll walk when he's good and ready and there's nothing you can do to speed that up. If you try to rush him into it before he's ready, you may end up with even more resistance.

Brooke - posted on 01/21/2011

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My son didn't walk until 14 months! Don't worry. :-) Every child follows their own developmental curve! He will be running around before you know it!

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Sniper - posted on 06/20/2011

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I hope this will help it is always hard to give advice because everyone is so different. I use to grab my baby by her hands and put my finger in her palms and get her all excited she would be bouncing and i would scoot across the floor and we made a game out of it. I know it may sound silly or dumb to a lot of people but mine was walking around 10 months not great now but hey she was walking. When she would fall I would clap and cheer when she would stand back up so making a game out of it seemed to work. I am NOT bragging.......please I hope I did not come across that way I would never be like that. Good luck to you. I hope you and your family have a great night.....Dont worry your son will be running before you know it!!! :^)

Autumn - posted on 01/24/2011

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My son didnt walk until about a week after his first birthday.Some children it takes longer.Work with him make it interesting but dont try to rush him he will get it in time.I personally dont like walkers because they depend on them.If you walk with him talk with him at the same time tell him he is doing such a good job praise him always.Once he sees that walking is giving him attention he might start trying.I like those toys that transform into little riding toys.And once he starts trying treat him everytime.Hope this helps..:)

Amanda - posted on 01/23/2011

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You know what my little girl started to walk around 11 months standing up and moving along things but until she was a little over 12 months she started to take her firsts steps.But i think having the baby walker and putting her in at soon as she got big enough for it say 4 months she developed the motion to walk alot faster. If you have a jolly jumper or a walker out him in it and then walk with him so he feels more support worked great for me. your toddler should be walking no mattter what by 18 months.

Nuala - posted on 01/23/2011

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My son didn't start walking until he was 15 months old! Just keep encouraging him and get one of those Vtech baby walkers, they are brilliant!

Sheila - posted on 01/23/2011

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Not to worry...my boys did not walk until they were 13 months old and my daughters was 10 months...girls are faster and if he is the only child will not have his siblings draggin him areound....just keep encouraging him and one day of he will go

Candace - posted on 01/22/2011

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here is the thing contrary to what most self appointed experts state most children do not begin walking untill around thirteen to fifteen months my son just turned one yesterday and barely began to use guided walking without assistance along the edges of the furniture the important thing to remember is that your child is an individual and should not be compared to other babies. You can help him by providing him with love and encouragement which is what most child development experts agree every growing baby needs for proper development.

Amy - posted on 01/22/2011

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Every child is different and will walk when they are ready. My 6 year old didnt walk until 14mths. be patient and dot worry

Dawn - posted on 01/22/2011

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Give him some more time...my son was exactly the same way and then one day...boom he walked a short distance just to get to my cell phone. Not to be sexist...but as a grade school teacher, I think sometimes boys don't do things unless the mood strikes or the need arises...lol.
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Alina - posted on 01/22/2011

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Do you a walker/bouncer my daughter used a bouncer/saucer and walked at a very early age i did the same for my grandson and it worked. For my older kids i used a regular walker with wheels and it took them longer to walk. I'm selling my grandson's right now on craigslist for 15 if you want to give it a try. My grandson turn 1 2 weeks ago but he's been walking for over a month. Good luck

Kerry - posted on 01/21/2011

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my eldest daughter didnt walk till she was 14 months old theres nothing to worry what i did was have me an someone else about 5 steps apart an hold the babys hand an walk with them once u do that a few times just hold the back of the top so that they still feel safe that you have got them still within a couple of days he will be walking but in the mean time enjoy your rest because once they start walking thats where the fun begins.

Nadia - posted on 01/21/2011

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my daughter didn't walk til she was 14 months.... and then her first steps were 16 steps in a row from one side of the deck to the other!!! lol i wouldn't worry yet, just help him along... i used to physically move my daughters feet one at a time over and over so she got the idea of how walking went.

Emily - posted on 01/21/2011

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There's very little they have control over , they know they have some say in walking. Don't worry, when he gets frustrated enough he'll walk. Don't pay too much attention to the "milestones"!!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2011

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i did what the lady before me said..if they are standing, hold both hands so they feel secure, and they will start walking eventually, knowing that you are there ...my daughter was walking at one, but my son, appeared slow on everything, especially the walking, and didnt walk till 3, then they realized at 5 he had a genetic disorder. I wouldnt suggest waiting till age 3 to worry, but a year is too soon to start worrying. If they are crawling, pulling themselves up to standing, and legs appear to be working well, dont worry it will happen

Chelsea - posted on 01/20/2011

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My bub is 6mths and only just rolling his twin is walking while we hold his hands. They say every bub at there own pace. However because I am nervous I went to a pysio theripist and we are going to mums group of slow ambulators. (slow movers) it is apparently just play based way to remind them to rock and roll and get there motivation up to move. The Dr said that the group will have bubs from 6 mths to 18mths who are not walking or srawling. She said its all varients and unless there is other issues its nothing to fear. I will let you know how the "classes" are. But if your worried have a chat with your local nurse. It sure has made me feel better and I dont stare at my slow little monkey with fear, when his twin scoots towards him at a fast pace I just try to remember that each child is at his own schedual and it makes no difference when he is an adult at what age he sits up.
Good luck

Sylvia - posted on 01/20/2011

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Lots and lots of kids don't walk till well after their first birthdays. Just among DD's friends I can think of several who didn't walk until 18 months, or close to it. By the time they were 2, they'd caught up to the ones who were walking at 11 months.

He'll get there! Don't worry :)

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Don't worry mine is 14 months and not walking. It takes time. Mine has been at the walking while holding on to our hands since September.

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PUT THINGS THAT HE LIKES FAR AWAY SO HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO WALK AND GET IT. IF HE STARTS TO CRAWL PICK HIM UP AND HOLD HIS HANDS TO GUIDE HIM WALKING THEN LET HIM GO.

Denise - posted on 01/20/2011

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LOL...my son was 15 months and still not walking. He LOVED to be carried. One day, after Mom and Dad had left the room, my older son saw this younger son walk across the room...all by himself! Needless to say, that was the last time we carried him. He quickly started to walk everywhere. He just was being lazy!!!! Give your son time...everyone walks at their own pace.

JuLeah - posted on 01/20/2011

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He will walk when he is ready. If he crawles, rolls over, sits up ... feeds himself, plays with toys, can stand with support .... I'd not worry

Janette - posted on 01/20/2011

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Things is normal for some children and usual doesn't have anything to do with his intelligence just be patient I'm sure everthing is ok you can also talk to your pediatrican for more insight.

Nickie - posted on 01/20/2011

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dont worry to much if he is not walking yet my son never started walking until he was 18 months because he was scared to do it on his own the thing i found that help most was when me and my mom would sit on the floor (only small spaces at first then make bigger spaces) and get him to walk to me and his grandma and holding hands help alot to!

Helene - posted on 01/19/2011

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Don't worry about it. Our daughter didn't walk until she was 22 months. He will do it when he is ready!

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2011

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As long as he's moving around in other ways, you really shouldn't worry about it. My son, on the other hand, was not rolling at nine months and he seemed perfectly happy to sit and play and watch things, but wouldn't sit himself up, either. We had him evaluated by the county Infants and Toddlers program and he received PT for about 7 months and they got him up to speed. He's three now, takes tap lessons and you'd never know he had gross motor issues! He did, however, start talking at 6 months and was doing full sentences by age one, so I honestly think he decided communicating was more important than moving!

Teri - posted on 01/19/2011

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Neither one of my boys were walking until 14 months old or later then they took off running. If the pediatrician doesn't have any concerns then just wait it out, he will walk when he's ready. My youngest took longer because it was faster for him to crawl after his 2 year old brother than to get up, balance, then try to chase him.

Rosie - posted on 01/19/2011

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he'll walk when he's ready. my first and 3rd didn't walk until they were 18 months old (which my doctor told me is a generic cutoff date for them to maybe start worrying, so you 6 more months before worry should even start to set in), and my middle boy walked at 13 months. i believe the average age for walking is 13 months. no worries mon!!! :)

Ashley - posted on 01/19/2011

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they will walk when they are ready. in my experience, my first daughter was ahead with everything, walking, talking, etc. i was use to it. when i had my second daughter, things were diff. i always knew something was wrong with her eyes, so i had them looked at when she was 6 months. she needed glasses, but the prescription took al,ost 2 months to get in. she didnt crawl till about 8 months of age because of her eye problem. that may not be the case with you, but all children are different, grow different, have different personalities. maybe hes just not ready... good luck XD

Jenny - posted on 01/19/2011

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my daughter didnt not walk until she was 22 months and my son he was 15 months. Does he pull himself up to furinture, can he stand and walk a few steps with help? I have worked with a lot of kids, and they all walk at different times. I wouldn't worry about as long as he is devolping ok, he will walk when he's ready. I hope I helped you! Jenny

Peggy - posted on 01/19/2011

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Don't worry... as long as he stands with assistance shows he has the muscle strength. My first child walked at 8 months but my second was a different story.. it wasnt until she was around 13 months that she decided to let go of things to take a step or two. Don't push him just give him lots of encouragement.

Debbie - posted on 01/19/2011

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Don't push him to walk. He will walk when he is ready. My daughter did not walk until she was 15 months old. My other children all walked by 12-13 months. As you know all children are not the same. He will walk when he feels secure enough to do it.

Jen - posted on 01/19/2011

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just giv ehim time my son didnt crawl til 10 months n didnt walk til 16 months we was watching a film n while we wernt looking he started walking between our legs. we remember it very well its was on new years eve. let him be a baby they grow up too fast my sons two n im trying to potty train but his not ready so im just enjoying the toddler stages before he starts school

Morgan - posted on 01/18/2011

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each child walks when they are ready but you can help put the idea in there head by standing them up in front of you and walk with them holding their hands talk to them make walking a game by holding thier hand you make them feel safe and by making them laugh you make it where they want to do it over and over again those are the things i did with my three they picked it up in no time

Peita - posted on 01/18/2011

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I read somewhere a while back that the average age for children to start walking has increased to 16 months!! Why?? Because when children are younger we are a lot more aware of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and children spend more time on their backs!! I don't know how true it is and can't give you a source, but it kind of makes sense!! My little girl has been walking with a push along walker since she was 12 months old, at 13 1/2 months she started taking a few steps without the walker and now at 14 1/2 months is walking most of the time on her own, I think she is doing just fine considering she didn't crawl until 11 months as well!! She is my last baby and I am glad she needed me just that little bit longer to help her out with things.... Your little boy will get it in his own time, cherish the time he stays still lol!!

Callie - posted on 01/18/2011

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My daughter (14 months) started walking at 10 months and was running by 11 months. My niece (now a little over 2 yr.) took much longer to walk but she is talking like a 3 or 4 year old. At 14 months my daughter is almost as coordinated as her cousin and they are 13 months apart but my daughter only says 3 words. Our pedi told us that many children often focus on verbal skills or motor skills. So some will be ahead of the game in walking, running, throwing ect or talking up a storm. Just give him plenty of opportunities to walk and encouragement when he tries. He'll start walking soon enough and then you'll wish he would slow down so you could keep him out of stuff.

Dora - posted on 01/18/2011

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My son didn't start to walk until he turned 13 months old. He got the hang of it when he turned 15 months old. If he doesn't seem as he is having any pain or muscle problems then it doesn't sound like you need to worry. Every baby develops a their own pace.

Jane - posted on 01/18/2011

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Lots of people have said it but my kids weren't walking until 13-14 months and some are older...some are younger. I guarantee you he's fine...don't rush him...some kids find crawling or rolling to get to things much quicker, more fun and quite frankly easier and less scary than walking :)

Alecia - posted on 01/18/2011

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my daughter was 15 mnths when she started walking on her own, but she had been walking while holding both our hands for months. its mostly a comfort thing and eventually he'll figure out thats its better to walk (my daughter is 16 mnths and loves that she can now eat snacks and walk around at the same time).

Linda - posted on 01/18/2011

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One year is simply a guideline not a hard and fast rule. Is your child pushing to stand and bear weight with his legs, indicating that his muscles have developed and are strong enough to bear his weight? does he stand while in your grasp, take steps with assistance? stand and balance on his own? if he is doing any of these things the walking will happen soon. It may be more a reflection of his personality more than ability. Don't compare him. He may just take off and walk across the floor one day and surprise you or he may just be happy to tentatively hold on for several more months.

Shannon - posted on 01/18/2011

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My mom said that I did not learn to walk until 14 months old. I have very poor vision and it runs in the family. Is it possible that your son does not see very well? My son also has poor vision that I did not recognize when he was little. And he prefered sitting in my lap all the time instead of exploring by crawling or walking. Just something to consider. :)

Deanna - posted on 01/18/2011

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my daughter was 20 months when she finally walked, she just wasn't interested or was scared. I found what helped her was holding her hands while she kicked a ball. it got her mind off the fact that she was "walking" and showed her how fun it was to walk.

Kara - posted on 01/18/2011

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Our son did the same thing - its a comfort thing I'm sure. Do you have friends/family with young ones? Sometimes if they see others, they'll realize its a great thing and do it too!

Tiffany - posted on 01/18/2011

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I have given him toys to try and walk with he stands for a few sec with it kinda walks then goes right back to his Butt

Kara - posted on 01/18/2011

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Our son was 15 months when he started walking unassisted - as long as you have toys that are sturdy and can help him motor along...he'll eventually get it. Try not to fret! :-)

Bonnie - posted on 01/18/2011

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You can encourage him, but I wouldn't force him. Some kids don't start until 18 months and are not fully walking on their own until 2.

Tiffany - posted on 01/18/2011

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thank you first off, I have been trying all these things But I guess I need to give it more time

Erica - posted on 01/18/2011

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work with him everyday....get something that he cant walk with (ie. toys that move), hold his hands and have him walk that way, work on just standing so he can get his balance. Also alot of kids dont walk until after one anyway. Hope it helps

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