Not walking

Melissa - posted on 09/24/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 17 months old he pulls up on everything and will walk touching things/holding things but not by himself . He also stands by himself. Any one else have the same problem. Have any advice to help him. Thanks.

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Elfrieda - posted on 09/24/2012

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Oh, I forgot! One more suggestion: push some chairs close together but about 4 babysteps apart and put toys on each chair. He'll go back and forth and might decide that it's less work to just walk between them than to get down and crawl then pull himself up again. That way he doesn't feel pressure from you, it's just that his environment encourages him to walk.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/24/2012

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It's still considered normal not to walk until 18 months, after that you should get him checked out to make sure there's nothing wrong with his legs or balance.



Some kids are just really cautious. My son could take steps at 15 months, but crawled everywhere instead, or used his pushtoy. If we cheered for him, he would walk between my husband and me, and sometimes if he was really concentrating on a toy he would stand without holding onto anything, but it was in his head that walking = danger, and he didn't start walking until 17 months. And you know what, he was just as steady on his feet as his cousin who had been walking from 10 months!



To me it sounds like your son is just not quite sure of himself yet. Don't pressure him and he'll do it soon. I didn't pressure him, or really practice (a few times a week my husband and I would cheer for him and encourage him to walk between us, but that was pretty much it. I also refused to hold both of his hands to walk - I'd hold ONE, but not both.) It didn't have very much to do with me at all that he decided to walk. The one suggestion I have, other than just waiting, is to take away his pushtoy if he has one. I did that at 15 months because he was pushing it where he wanted to go, backing out of corners, etc, and I felt it was just a habit. I put it in the closet where he couldn't see it and he didn't miss it.

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