Walking!!!

Kristen - posted on 07/31/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Ava is 10 months and I think she is afraid to walk. She runs around in her walker. I heard that walkers were not good but never knew the reason why. I thought because of safety, if a house had stairs in which mine does not, I am beginning to wonder it is because a baby gets used to the support of a walker. I hold Ava up to help her walk I also have a toy she can hold on to but with both she sits right away. Any suggestions???

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Kristen - posted on 08/01/2013

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The next stage is bitter sweet. You want them to stay small and cuddly however it is exciting to see how they will learn to do next...

Jen - posted on 08/01/2013

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Good luck with your little one, I'm sure she'll be walking on her own in no time! I'm a first time mom too, and I also have trouble not feeling a little TOO excited for the next stage. But I have to admit, I love seeing my little dude toddling around the house! :) I'll never know for sure, but I do think he is walking more confidently and stably because of using the push-walker. He used it for about a month and a half before taking his first few wobbly steps on his own. By the end he was only holding on to the walker with one hand, just needing a little help with balance.

Kristen - posted on 07/31/2013

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Thank you for sending me that link. As I watched Ava more and more using the walker I did see how see uses her tippy toes and thought that might not be good to teach how to walk flat footed. It is no excuse however I am a first time mom and I was working 10-12 hour days so I did not have time to research many things.I wanted to spend whatever time I had left with Ava not on the computer. I took all suggestions from her Dr and friends and family. I recently became a SAHM so now i can do all the research I want. She does have a walker but with any toy I only allow her to use for so long, I do want her mobile, crawling, climbing and just experiencing as much as possible on her own. Again thank you...

Kristen - posted on 07/31/2013

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Thank you for your advise, I guess I have to slow myself down. She crawled and started to pick herself up and walk along furniture early so I guess I just expected her to walk early as well. When she wasn't I was searching for reasons why.
Your right... i should just enjoy the stage she is at now because once she walks I'm told its all over!!!

Sarah - posted on 07/31/2013

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Give it time. She is still young for walking on her own yet. That is normal when they first start to venture into the walking. They have to figure out their balance and then feel comfortable with it. At first they will start to walk along furniture. All my kids did not start to walk until they were 12-15 months old. It is not until a child is 18 months old do doctors start to worry about walking. It is amazing how that once they figure it out it does not take them long to get going. Also don't worry if she is an early or later walker....when you look at 2 yr old you have no clue who walked early and who walked later. I personally went for the later walkers....once they start going there is no turning back and running comes soon after walking!

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