15 month old not walking

Danielle - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 215 moms have responded )

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So my daughter will be 15 months at the end of this month and she's not walking....she will walk with assistance and will pull up to her knees, but she's not cruising or trying to walk on her own. However I do see progress every month. Should I be worried that my 15 month old is not walking? Anyone else have a child not walking by 15 months and nothing was wrong? I guess I just need some encouragement that she's just moving at her own pace and will walk one day. Thanks!

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Velma - posted on 03/19/2010

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My daughter who is almost 15 now did not walk until she was 15 months. She did however get to where ever she needed to go. I used to laugh and call it monkey walking. She would stick her butt up in the air and walk on all fours. All kids walk in their own time. I wouldn't worry as long as she is progressing normally otherwise. Ps My first child walked at nine months.

Sam - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi Danielle, My daughter didn't take her first unaided steps until she was 17 months and wasn't officially walking until 18 months (very tiring holding her hands and walking her around when 9 months pregnant!). She wasn't even interested in bearing her own weight by standing, cruising, etc. I was worried too and went to see a ped around the 14/15 month mark who checked out her hips, feet, etc and said all was fine, there's just such a broad spectrum of 'normal'. Anyway, she is three now and runs around like any other three year old. She is very coordinated, has great balance, etc..... you wouldn't even know she was a late walker. Your daughter will be walking before you know it! xx

Marta - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi Danielle, mu child started walking at 15 months. One day she got up and started walking as if she did it every day, until that date, she did only one thing - observe!! she was not a child of trial and erro, got up and walked straight. so your child if no othjer problems may also be like that! :) good luck

Candice - posted on 03/19/2010

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hi, my daughter was 17 months before she started walking, don't worry, she will do it when she is ready and then you will not be able to stop her.

Amy - posted on 03/18/2010

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Babies develop at their own pace and when they are ready. As long as she is pulling up and getting around with help she's fine. My son is 13months and isn't walking on his own yet either. One thing I learned is not to put them in a walker. It doesn't strengthen the muscles in their hips and thighs which they need for walking. My son is also at a stage where he is scared to let go of what he is holding on to and instead he drops to the floor to crawl. Something he likes to do is grab my pantsleg (front or back works) and walk around the house with me. It's a good way for them to see how you move your legs and feet to walk. And anything that has a good amount of weight to it that she is able to push around to will help. I have a large bucket full of my sons toys that he just loves to push around. And also try shoes with hard, flat bottoms. And don't let anyone try to worry you. Just keep practicing and once she's ready she'll do it.

Heather - posted on 03/18/2010

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Not to worry. My first son didn't walk until about 18 months and he now has fantastic balance, co-ordination and is a great sports man. All comes when the child is good and ready.

Una - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was not crawling at 11 months and so I took him to a physiotherapist. She diagnosed him with 'low muscle tone' which is a relatively common condition that can be the cause of late crawling and walking. She also said he was very flexible which meant he could sit very comfortably when others babies couldn't - this meant he had no real reason to try move into a crawling position. With a few tips from the physio he was commando crawling within a couple of days. She has monitored him until now (he is now 15 mths old) and is very close to walking - a little push along trolley has really helped to get him walking with aid. Last visit she said there was no need to return as he looked like he would walk in his own time. Up until 18 mths is still within the normal range for walking but it is recommended that if not walking by then you do get medical advice - a paediatric physio is the best bet to start with.

Cheryl - posted on 03/18/2010

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DON'T WORRY!!! My daughter was 2 months preemie and started walking during her 16th month. I used to worry alot too, but then I heard crawling works both the right and left brain, so somehow its better for them to crawl longer...makes them smarter. Like you're even supposed to encourage crawling activities after they're walking to strengthen that left/right brain cooperation. My daughter's developmental specialist confirmed it. Hopefully we'll have smart kids huh! My neighbor didnt start walking until two years old - she's an adult now and altho I'm not sure what her occupation or grades were like in school, she's totally normal adult...lol...your daughter will walk when she's ready. =)

Amanda - posted on 03/18/2010

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I actually have growing concerns about my 12 month old. She's not crawling yet, and I fear that she will not be walking at 15 months either.

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My daughter is also 15 months old and not walking yet. Her doctor said that since she is so big (90th percentile in height and weight) it is harder for her to get those motor movements together. But, since she is pulling herself up, walking while holding our hands, and walking while holding onto furniture, that he is not worried about it. I have 5 kids and my oldest also did not start walking till just after 15 months. However, once he started, he was running within a week! Try walking with her while holding her fingers. If she refuses to try to do it with assistance, then you may need to contact your doctor because she may just need a little bit of therapy to get the muscles working in her legs correctly. But don't worry! She will do it! :-)

Denise - posted on 03/18/2010

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she taking her time n will do when ready, my 26yr old was 18 months n his son was 19 months when started walking. have patience she ll do it . n boy then u ll be hard trying to keep up lol

Yolande - posted on 03/18/2010

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My friend's toddler just started walking, at 18 months, and he's a boy. Don't worry yet.

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My son is almost 15 months too and isn't walking unaided. He will walk round the furniture and when you hold his hands but he hasn't yet made the full transition to walking and would rather crawl everywhere. He has, on several occasions, walked to myself or my husband but it has been no more than a dozen steps at any one time.

Your little one will be fine, just keep encouraging her and she will get there.

I found that when we bought our son his first pair of shoes that it helped bring his feet down, meaning that he walks flat on his feet now and he seems more confident with and without his shoes on.

Jacqueline - posted on 03/18/2010

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you shouldnt worry ive had three kids they all walked at different ages. my oldest was 10 months, the middle child was 12 months and the youngest was about 15 months. they will walk when they feel ready. just keep encouraging her and you will see that when she does take off on her own she will look like a pro.

Stacey - posted on 03/18/2010

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My 1st didn't walk until 13 months and my 2nd didn't pull to stand until 15m or walk until 18 months. We took him to the specialist and everything was fine..he just did things on his on terms. The worst part was other peoples comments about it : (

Tammy - posted on 03/18/2010

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I have twin boys. One walked at 17 months and the other at 18 months. The later walker is having PT but he has a club foot. The other one is perfectly OK.

Erica - posted on 03/18/2010

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My first three daughters all walked at 9 months then I had my 4th daughter and I expected her to walk at 9 to 10 months as well. SHe was 9 months and not even close to walking then 10 and 11 and 12 months, I began to wonder if she would ever walk. With mommy, daddy, and all her big sisters carrying her around all the time maybe she figured she didnt need to walk, hahaha. Finally around 16 months she started walking. She is almost 4 and still wants to be carried but she can deffanitly walk just fine. I had a friend who had a daughter who didnt walk until she was 18 months, some just take their time :O)

Ginny - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son just turned 15 months and he just started running around a couple weeks aga. He had been taking a few strps and walking with assistance but he just started on his own one day and never stopped! I think he just was waiting till he felt he could do it good enough to walk all on his own! He doesn't even stumble at all and is not shaky in the least bit! He just had to do it in his own time, and I am sure yours will also!

Debbie - posted on 03/18/2010

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Hi Danielle-
I'm a pediatrid physical therapist assistant and I have seen many children who didn't walk until 2 years old, and they really had nothing wrong. As long as you see progress, just keep working with her, don't push too much, let her show you when she's ready and I'm sure it will be fine. If by 2 years you don't see her walking, I would get her evaluated by a pediatric physical therapist. Sounds like she is fine though because she is walking with asistance and you are seeing progress.
Take Care-
Debbie

Sharon - posted on 03/18/2010

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Don't worry - my 2nd daughter didn't walk until she was 15 - 16 months old. She's now 21 months. She was very, very tall for her age which also meant she weighed more and it took a little longer for her to gain that balance. I and my husband would take a little time each night to have her practice walking between us - made a game out of it. After a few weeks, it helped her gain a little strength, balance, and motivation to walk on her own. Now we can't keep her still.

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2010

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This is all good advice, especially about the lanuage part. But if kids can't pull to stand and cruise, they can't learn to walk properly.

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2010

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I am an early intervention specialist, and the PT gave you very good advice. Many people in our culture stand babies and walk them before they are ready, and don't give them enough floor time and keep them from crawling with walkers. The norms for walking are from 11-17 months. Without belaboring it, without floor time and crawling, pulling to stand alone and cruisng, kids don't even develop enough good distance vision to be able to walk. They also don't develop their nervous systems enough to be able to tolerate the sensations of walking. It's a well build machine and if one pushes any one area too much, the whole thing kind of goes out of whack! I agree. Let her crawl and learn to pull to stand and cruise.

Lindsey - posted on 03/18/2010

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Hi- I have two children. One that didn't walk until he was 18 months, and my daughter didn't walk until she was 14 months. My son's motor skills are a little behind (fine motor wise), but he now walks fine. One thing I would look at is her language skills. Does she seem advanced for her age. Sometimes, a toddler is so busy learning one skill that the other one falls behind. Most kids will catch up by the time they are two years old, but it may not be a had idea to have her evaluated by a 0-3 early intervention team. Most of the time, your pediarician can recommend someone. This will reassure you, and if there is something going on- you'll know that you've done something about it. If you have any questions, please email me krisline@hotmail.com

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Don't sweat it. Our child was early with everything, but then didn't walk until she was 17 months. She didn't like walking with assistance either very much. Over here they say not to worry until after 18 months.

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2010

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At this point, it is not the walking that is the main concern. Rather, the fact that she is not cruising or not pulling up to her knees. Those are the developmental milestones that come first. Talk to the doctor about a possible evaluation through Early Intervention. It is usually paid for by the county or state in which you live. They will be able to tell you is she may have a developmental delay. Many children do. And, the earlier children get intervention, such as physical therapy, the faster they improve and meet those milestones. Just remember: "When in doubt, check it out." Also, no shoes until she walks. She needs to be able to learn how to feel the ground and learn to position her feet. Socks and extremely soft bottom "infant shoes" are okay, but barefoot is best when possible.

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Danielle, my son has started to walk at 18 month old, and so what it was great I could still push him in the buggy where ever I wanted especially cool when you are in a rush. There is always something that we get preocupied, but it all comes in time and your daughter is still in the norm. My niece started at 18 month old as well.

Vanessa - posted on 03/17/2010

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WOW, see every child has its special trait. & moment of when they are ready.Everyone learns & develops different

Vanessa - posted on 03/17/2010

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I work at a pediatrics, It s completly normal every child goes through the stages at different times & when they are ready, but if you fell concerned, talk to her DR. about it but more than likely shes fine I wouldn't worry to much unless there are other things that tie into it that you fell should be brought to attention. I mean my son stared walking when he was 10 months & I thought OMG thats early but believe its not any easier b/c he's into everything. So enjoy it. I hope that helps & believe she will take that first step when least expected....

Retha - posted on 03/17/2010

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My daughter didn't walk until 14 1/2 mo, but she talked her but off. People would ask me if she could walk, she would answer, no, I can't walk. My mom said she couldn't do them both. I took her to ortho,, said she'd walk when ready.

Tiffany - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son was also 15 months old before he started walking. I don't think that it is not normal, kids develope on their own pace. Hope this helps!

Anita - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter was almost 2 yrs old before she decided to start walking. like your daughter, she could walk with assistance and pull herself up, but she just refused to walk on her own. it was almost like she knew someone would pick her up and carry her. as long as there is nothing physically wrong with her, dont worry. next thing you know, she'll be up and walking and your going to be saying "oh, why did she have to start walking so soon?"

Elaine - posted on 03/17/2010

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You have nothing to worry about, every child is different. Two of my three boys didn't walk until they were eighteen months and then my third walked at a year old. They tend to do things in their own time whether its walking, crawling, getting teeth or any aspect of childhood. If you do get worried about anything jus ask your GP, I know mine is great!!!

Virginia - posted on 03/17/2010

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i have four cthildren., three walked at one year. one didn't walk till she was about 16 months. I see quite a few that don't till late. Some just need a bit longer. Enjoy

Jane - posted on 03/17/2010

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Don't worry about it! My middle son didn't start walking until he was 19 months old, he didn't even crawl!! Just shuffled around on his bottom!!! My other 2 both started walking at 13 months. There is absolutely nothing wrong with letting your child take things at their own pace, they will do it when they are ready. Also both me and my niece didn't walk until 18 months. And we all run around with the best of them now!!!!

Darlene - posted on 03/17/2010

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I am a mom of 5. My oldest walked at 12 mos., my next at 7 mos, my third at 15 mos, my last 2 at 12 mos. Every baby has a different rythem. Don't worry. By the way my kids are grown now--ages 33 to 21.

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My oldest son, now almost 6 yo, did not walk until 15 months and he is an incredibly fast runner. He can keep pace with most adult runners! My second son, almost 5 yo, walked about 4 days after his 1st birthday. My third son, almost 3, just stood up in the middle of the floor and walked off at 9 1/2 months. He really didn't do the whole pulling up thing, he just up and walked away.
So, as you can see, every child is different and will progress at their own speeds. If you are truly worried, see her doctor. Maybe they can reassure you.

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Don't worry, she will walk when she is ready. All 4 of mine were walking fairly early, between 10 and 12 months, but, get this, NONE of them started to CAWL until months after that. The 3 oldest did a sort of comando crawl but the 4th was trying to walk at 10 months and had no desire to crawl. She only started doing the crawling thing a few monts ago and she is 20 months old. Don't try to judge her progress with anyone else or you will drive yourself crazy. Enjoy her now because once she gets going, there will be no stoping her.

Monica - posted on 03/17/2010

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Were you and/or your husband a late walker? Usually this is a case of genetics. Also, if she is a good crawler she won't feel the need to walk sooner. My daughter is also almost 15 months and since she was a preemie we are followed by a high risk team of doctors. We just went last week and they said that even though she is at the end of the range to start walking that she is just fine. There are much more important developmental milestones to reach so enjoy this time now with her and don't worry! :)

Jackie - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son is 14 months and isn't walking.He will walk around furniture and w/us but not on his own.I think he knows how he is just being stubborn.He is a big boy(27 lbs)so I think that might have alittle to do w/it.He does love walking w/us though so it won't be long.Don't worry I think this is normal.

Patty - posted on 03/17/2010

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Our granddaughter didn't walk until really late. She was older than your daughter! I don't remember exactly how old she was but I know I was concerned! She finally decided to do it, and off she went. She is a very bright child and on the same level as all of her friends who walked much younger, so I guess she will just decide on her own! Try not to worry.

Stephanie - posted on 03/17/2010

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I know how you feel. My son was the same way. He finally started walking when he was 15 months old. As long as your daughter is showing progress, I don't think you have anything to worry about. My son's pediatrician told us that some kids don't walk until they're 18 months old, and that's completely normal because kids do everything at their own pace.

Rachael - posted on 03/17/2010

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All children are different. My son walked at 1 and 2 wks. My daughter is 1 2day and so close, i just encourage her every day. I have been told that premi babies take longer to walk. i have a friend whose children didn't walk until they were both 18months.

Billie - posted on 03/17/2010

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my boy didnt start wqlkin til he was 21 months! and ddnt start pulling him self up on thing til he was over a year old

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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I would take her pedi, just for piece of mind. I would rather error on the side of caution. If there is a problem it can be taken care of immediately, plus most specialist take months to get an appointment with, so you wouldn't lose as much precious time if needed. Most likely it is nothing. My daughter had delays and everyone told that she would do it when she was ready. It was until she was 3 and in preschool how far behind she was. I regret not listening to my gut.

Claire - posted on 03/17/2010

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my son is also 15 months and although he is cruising and climbing he isn't walking yet! He will walking holding your hand even just a finger but he won't go it alone! Over the last week and a bit however he has started to take a few steps so I am ever hopful that he will gain the confidence to go larger distances! At the moment he finds it easier and quicker to crawl!!
So don't worry all children are different!

Marx - posted on 03/16/2010

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bubs will walk in their own time...Im the youngest daughter in my family and had my first child last year..I have been around all my neices and nephews and most of them started walking before 12 months the youngest being 9 months...My daughter has reached an all time record in my family being 16 months when she started walking...And when she did she was so strong and stable and had solid steps rather then the little baby steps they usuall do...Shes alot stronger and faster then i remember my neices and nephews being...So i say give your bub some time...Be thankful shes not walking yet because when she does...your next blog will read...I cant keep up with my baby" lol

Suzanne - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son just started walking on his own at 17.5 months.He just woke up one day and did it. Get her some good walking shoes so she feel confident and is not afraid of falling. That seemed to help our son. Once he got his confidence he walked fine. By the way "normal range" is 9-18 months. So don't worry about your 15 month old not walking.

Sarah - posted on 03/24/2010

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my son didn't crawl until 11 months and didn't walk till he was 15 months. He's now 2 1/2 and very physically on track (runs, jumps, walks backwards, etc.). Your sweetie is just being herself, don't worry about your 15 month old not walking yet!

Nicole - posted on 03/24/2010

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you are not alone. Our youngest daughter who is now 5 years old would take steps and would walk with holding a hand. She took us by suprise at my grandmothers memorial. We had went back to my grandmothers house and she was sitting on the floor and looked up at me and pulled herself up to standing position and took off walking down the hall like she had been doing it forever. Just be patient. She will walk when she is ready. We have 3 girls and they all walked at different ages. Hope that helps put your mind at ease since your 15 month old is not walking yet.

Keena - posted on 03/24/2010

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Don't worry she will walk, you are right she is just going at her own pace, I know of babies walking at a late age, don't pick her up to muchshe would rather be carried than walk, if you keep her on the floor she will get up and start to walk, don't rush her she is almost their anyway.

don't worry that your 15 month old isn't walking.

Keena

Ashlee - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter didn't walk til she was 16 months old. I work in a physical therapy clinic so we see and hear of all sorts of things like this. If you are seeing progress then I feel like she will begin walking very soon. My daughter never even crawled and it was around 13 months before she starting pulling up. She was just a late walker. Absolutely nothing is wrong with her she just walked when she got ready. Also if she is walking with assistance then she is probably very very close. Don't worry about your 15 month old not walking. She will be up and walking around everywhere before long!!!

Roslyn - posted on 03/24/2010

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My eldest daughter didn't walk on her owm until she was 18 months old, nothing was wrong she could just get to everything she needed by shuffeling along on her bum and then pulling herself to stand. I think you will find that she will get there in her own time, and like i say my daughter was 18 months so don't panic about your 15 month old not walking yet, it does happen..

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