any ideas on how to get 20 month old walking ?

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Jakki - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Geeta:

I think I read somewhere that if bubbies are not walking by 18mths then go see a doctor.
Good-luck!



Yeah Geeta, that's exactly what I've heard.  No need to panic but it might be good to get some medical advice at this stage.

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I think I read somewhere that if bubbies are not walking by 18mths then go see a doctor.

Good-luck!

Tacita - posted on 04/27/2009

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Usually they walk when they are ready. I was 2 before I started walking. But when my mum got sick of carrying me around what she did and what I did to my little one was, I sat about a metre away from my partner and we just kept enticing him to walk to and from one another and everytime he walked to one of us we moved a little bit about 30 cm. Before we knew it he was walking the length of the lounge room. But you have to make it fun for him otherwise he will not want to do it. Or another way to help him find his balance is, securely fasten a towel or something else underneath his arms that comes behind his back and you hold it so that he is standing up and when you think he is standing slowly relax the towel and let him find his balance. Everytime he is falling just pull on the towel to help him stand up. I hope that is explained ok. good luck

Megan - posted on 04/27/2009

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My daughter was 18 months when she started walking, but it took 3 months in physical therapy to get there. The therapist had me put her back up against a wall or couch and take a couple of steps back and coax her toward me with a toy or book that she liked. She also had me sit her on my lap and place a toy on the coffee table or ottoman so that she learned how to go from a sit to a stand. Good Luck! : )

Shelley - posted on 04/27/2009

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Please don't make your child walk they will walk when they are ready, there is no rush,not quite understanding why you want them to walk so soon?

Sandra - posted on 04/27/2009

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Crystal,if baby is holding on to furniture don't move it , because you don;t want baby to fall and get scared then he want try for awhile , don't push baby ,just sit in the floor and someone sit in the floor and hold out hands for baby to come and when is knows someone will catch him he will just walk on his own...

Sandra - posted on 04/27/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

I am sure your child is holding on to everything going from furniture to furniture. Try scooting all of your furniture away good distances so it will help encourage them to let go and move to the next furniture. If they don't have to let go then they want. what kind of walker are you using? Is it a push walker?


 

Sandra - posted on 04/27/2009

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Frankie,Don't worry if he has been ck out by the Dr. and his bones are growing correctly and he is o.k. Every baby don't do things at the same time, my so walked at 17 mon. my daughter at 29 mons. It depends sometimes the weight of the baby. If the baby is 9lbs. or more, he will do every thing early. If the baby is 5 lbs to 7 lbs he will do things a little slower. But one day when baby is ready he will just start walking!! Believe Me!! Don't Worry!!!

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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I am sure your child is holding on to everything going from furniture to furniture. Try scooting all of your furniture away good distances so it will help encourage them to let go and move to the next furniture. If they don't have to let go then they want. what kind of walker are you using? Is it a push walker?

Frankie - posted on 04/27/2009

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Relax! I'm sure we all have lots of things we don't do as well, or as fast, as our friends. It will come.

Jen - posted on 04/25/2009

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my son is 18 months old and he CAN walk, WHEN he wants to. i think he's just being lazy. my oldest daughter was just 6 months when she started walking. my second child, also a girl, was walking by 9 months. she'll do it when she's ready, like my son.

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At 20 months I would speak to my pediatrician to see if your area has an early intervention program. Basically it is a program where someone comes to your home to evaluate the child in their own environment. They not only do a physical evaluation, but also a cognative one as well to see if the child is on track and meeting their milestones. We are currently doing this because our daughter has some hip issues that maybe be helped with pediatric physical therapy. The good news is that it a free service that is offered by the county. You just need to be referred by your doctor. By 18-20 months, your child should be walking/running/climbing. Usually if they are not walking or at least cruising around by holding on to things by 15 months the doctor will start to do some sort of intervention/testing. Talk to your childs doctor. If the doctor does not seem concerned, get a second opinion.

Leanne - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter didn't walk until 18mths.

so my doctor referered her to a physio thearapist.Where i found out that she did nt like the feeling of what was under her feet:eg:carpet,tiles. as she was not use to feeling dfferent types of surfaces under her feet.so had to get her use to the feel of different things by placing her on different surfaces it took about 3 months but persistance paid off now i cant stop her

Mary-Beth - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son didn't walk until 19 months. I had taken him to the doctor and it turns out he has a central nervous system issue that makes his feet feel like they are asleep, so it took him longer than normal. We ended up buying a little shopping cart and letting him push it. He was walking in no time after that!

Sandra - posted on 04/25/2009

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If he will walk pushing something sounds like he's afraid to let go just yet, and he will walk when he's ready. Try taking him out ot the walker a lillle more each day..

Carly - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son is 12 months old and he to hasn't started walking yet.WE have hand him in a walker since he was about 8 months old.He will walk pushing something but not on his on...i've been told taht he will walk when he 's ready

Sandra - posted on 04/25/2009

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He will walk in his on good time, every child is not the same. One day he'll take off when he;s ready.

Ima - posted on 04/25/2009

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Quoting Alice:

I know that my oldest had some issues with her hips, she began with lots of therapy and didn't walk at all until she was 19 months..we found out later that she also had a small missing bone in her back that was causing some scoliosis...my youngest walked too soon...she only learned to crawl for a very short period of time, pulled her self up and took off...she walked at 9 1/2 months...the chiropractor made us put her back down so that she would continue to crawl...he said that they need to have lots of crawl time to make their backs stronger and curved properly before they begin to walk. He also said that most people with back trouble probably walked too soon..



I do know an old trick that my parents used...when you see that they are trying and they seem to be ready..place a clothes pin in each hand for them to grasp...of course don't leave them alone with them because they are small enough to go through a toilet paper roll...but it's just the right size to grasp to help them feel confident.

Connie - posted on 04/25/2009

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They will walk when they are ready its hard not to worry, but it takes time...it will happen

Ima - posted on 04/25/2009

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I know that my oldest had some issues with her hips, she began with lots of therapy and didn't walk at all until she was 19 months..we found out later that she also had a small missing bone in her back that was causing some scoliosis...my youngest walked too soon...she only learned to crawl for a very short period of time, pulled her self up and took off...she walked at 9 1/2 months...the chiropractor made us put her back down so that she would continue to crawl...he said that they need to have lots of crawl time to make their backs stronger and curved properly before they begin to walk. He also said that most people with back trouble probably walked too soon..

Hannah - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter didn't walk until 17mths it wasn't that she couldn't walk she just didn't want to. Now shes a bright and healthy 9 yr old and walks just fine so don't worry they get there eventually!

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well so long as u have checked for hip displacement and obesty the only thing now is to wait.....they will walk when they are ready.......oh and stop doing everything for them......make them move to their favourite toys..................

Rebecca - posted on 04/25/2009

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i put my son in a walker and he is one next week and he walks by him self that was a great tip i got off a woman with 5 children

Rachel - posted on 04/25/2009

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she does that when she feel like it i evn got a push a long toy i now she will do it when she is reddy

Lee-Anne - posted on 04/25/2009

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have u tried holding the childs hands and walking with the child and if u havent thats what i did with all mine

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ok, so my mom lost a baby to sids when my little brother was 16 months old (he is the fourth child, the baby was the fifth). she reverted all of the love she had for the baby on to my little brother (who by the way wasn't so "little" he was over weight). he wasn't walking when the baby passed in aug. and still wasn't walking by sept. mom took him to the dr. and he asked if my brother was missing out on anything. mom asked what the dr. meant and he said, "does he still spend time with the family in the same room?" mom said yes because she just carried him everywhere. the dr. said to stop carrying him around and let him start missing out on things. so she did and it wasn't long before he started walking. so basically, my advice is, just leave him/her where they are and go on about your business. the baby will eventually be curious about what is going on and get up and get going.

Lee-Anne - posted on 04/25/2009

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all kids walk at different ages it took my 6th child till he was nearly 2 to walk its just alot of patience and perstance

Melissa - posted on 04/25/2009

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depending where you are i found gymbaroo to be good for my daughter when she was younger

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2009

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Giant balloons. I got them for my son and he was so small to sit and play with them that he had to stand and they rolled away and he chased them x

Elaine - posted on 04/25/2009

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i take its the 18 month old isnt your only child?? maybe she dosnt need to walk if the others will get things for her, i would tell them not to help her and she will do it when she is ready good luck x

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