Is it possible for a baby to walk at 5-6 months ?
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Krystal - posted on 12/14/2012
I read some of the replies and I am shocked by some. I can't imagine a 6-7 month old walking. Most babies that age are just learning to sit up and bare that weight so to add the coordination of walking and balancing at such a young age I think is crazy. The youngest I have ever seen was 8 1/2 months. She wasnt steady on her feet until about 9 1/2 months. My oldest sat up at 5 months, crawled at 10, and walked at 12. My baby sat up at 6 months and just started the army crawl tonight (she turned 8 months, yesterday) She is so little that I think it would be funny to see her try to walk.
Janice - posted on 04/25/2012
Wow, some of these posts are quite shocking. Between working in daycare and my large family I have known dozens of kids (maybe 100) and the youngest walkers were 7 months and I think only 2 did it that early. The norm is 11months. 5-6 months is extremely young but I guess I have just learned it is possible. Although I'm tempted to say I'll believe it when I see it.
Rachel - posted on 03/18/2012
Personally, I have never heard of a baby walking (without help) earlier than 8 months. And even that is considered early. Most babies don't sit up unassisted until 5-6 moinths, I can't imagine seeing a 5 or 6 month old walking around.
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Claribel - posted on 03/08/2013
My baby girl started standing up in her crib at 4 almost 5 months. Soon after she figured she could stand she started to walk around holding on to furniture at 5-6 months. She started to climb onto the couch and other things at 7 and today she's 10 months. She stood up alone, started to clap and took her first 3 steps before falling :D. Knowing her now that she knows she can walk she'll start running soon :P. She was stood up before she started to crawl. She crawled around 6-7 months.
Jamie - posted on 12/12/2012
I have five kids they walked at 7, 8 , 11, 10 and 8 months unassisted. My husband walked at 6 and me at 7 months. All of mine crawled by 4-5 months. All of them walked assisted by 6 months. A couple had walkers, 3 had a exersaucer none of them liked them so they never got used much beyond a toybox. Except after my oldest could walk (7months) he liked to get the thing going then pick up his feet and cruise. Needless to say that ended the walker at 9 months. Your child will figure out their own timing and likes that's the fun of it all.
WLSquires - posted on 12/07/2012
My daughter who is now 12 years old was an early girl in crawling and walking...and all. We first knew something was up when she rolled over at 1 month old...this was just the begining for this powerhouse. She was scooting at 2 months, crawling at 3 months, standing and cruizing at 4 and 5 months, climbed out of her playpen at 6 months (which really freaked us out) and took her first steps at 7 months. I have all of this on video! By the time she was 1 she was walking around in my heels, okay she was dancing and singing to Shrek. She was born in August 2000. We had a school yard across the street from our house and would go over there often, she learned to do monkey bars by the time she was 14 months old. She is now in her 3rd year of gymnastics (total years) and is a level 6 gymnast and can do some crazy amazing things. My theory is some kids are just able to learn how to manipulate their muscles better than the rest of us. My older daughter who is 20 and a junior at a university (same father) walked at 8 months old but has not had the interst in developing her physical abilities...she is more academic. However both girls are 3.5 and better students.
Tiffany - posted on 11/19/2012
My daughter was crawling at 4 months and walking at 7 1/2 months believe it or not!! She is 13 months now. She is a very smart baby and very advanced for her age. She was never around other babies, it was always adults. I am thinking now when she was younger she did nothing but watch and learn from everyone. She is doing things I have never ever saw a 13 month old doing and I am very amazed. When were at the store (walmart)' we have no choice but to let her push the cart! Everyone is so amazed how smart she is for 13 months.
Fit2BMe - posted on 11/17/2012
My son was cruising at 6/7 months (holding onto tables and toys etc.) and walking at 8 months. At 6 months he was cross-crawling and starting to crawl up stairs. The normal range is huge, and often largely depends on both the babe's interest as well as how much the parents intentionally work on it. its never worth pressuring your child. Many babies I know don't crawl until 9/10 months, cruise at 10/11 months, and walk at 12 months. Many more are later, and some quite earlier. In the end they all end up about the same.
My son was very early with those milestones, and his cousin was slightly later (started walking at 12 months) however his cousin is clearly the more athletic and physically capable of the two, so it doesn't mean much.
Melissa - posted on 09/22/2012
I think that a baby does things in their own time. I also read a few posts up that not crawling is linked to other learning developments (reading, eyesight, penmanship, etc), which I don't think is true. My parents had me in a walker at 4 months (they were concerned about the hardwood flooring) which I cruised with all over the apartment and I was walking without it at 11 months. I never once crawled. I was already digging through books at a year and a half and reading unaided at three years. I also have beautiful penmanship. My sister was a crawler, hates to read and has horrible handwriting. So, yeah, I'm really not too sure about that correlation.
Laura - posted on 04/30/2012
My daughter started to walk at 14.5 months :) I never worried - she did it in her own time :) She is big for her age - at 14.5 months, she was 89cm tall and weighed around 30lbs (takes after her mummy!). She also had suffered from 6 major double ear infections in the 6 months before she walked, so it is thought this affected her balance and her confidence in walking. Now, at 20 months and with grommets in both ears, she is running rings around us!! xx
Kim - posted on 04/30/2012
My baby started trying to walk at about 6 months and by 7 months she was walking well without any support. She is 11 months now and she runs everywhere. Child development is tricky that way. Every child will do things at their own pace.
Tena - posted on 04/21/2012
My oldest was table walking / cruising at 5 1/2 months and walking unassisted by 6 months. He was early with all of his milestones except crawling. We had to teach him how to crawl after he was walking. He was also very tiny for his age until a teen so that might have helped I don't know. The little old ladies in the neighborhood always said he was moving out of the way for another but the joke was on them since there is 12 years between him and his brother.
My middle son didn't walk until 13 months (12 months adjusted). He was very big for his age and the doctor said it would take a little longer because he had to be strong enough to support his weight. He was about the size of an average 2 year old when he started walking. My youngest had some developmental delays and was big for her age as well and didn't walk until 16 months (14 months adjusted)
Amber - posted on 04/21/2012
my 16 month old daughter took her first steps on her first birthday and that was by us giving her two small objects to hold, then a few days later took off from her dad's hands and walked over to me and I was in complete shock for two hours. I think I've heard of nine month old walking, but I've never (at least me has never) heard of a 4 or 5 month, I don't think there legs and stuff are quite ready. Dr. Sears, the Baby book (just to mention one book that I read) has great information on milestones and birth to a year old, towards the back of the book is all about development and games, and help, and what and why babies and toddlers do what they do.
hope this helps,
Tracey - posted on 04/16/2012
I've posted further down, too, but I'll say that my two extremely early walkers (before 6 months; I did *nothing* to get them to walk early--in fact I didn't even know the first one was, but my boss saw her walking and couldn't believe I didn't know about it for 5 months because my daughter has always liked to hide new skills!)--my two extremely early walkers don't have any skeletal problems (no bowed legs or stressed hips); neither has weak ankles; neither has poor vision. My son, still an early walker at 7 1/2 months, has none of those problems, either. I think it's just natural for some kids.
Sneaky - posted on 04/16/2012
I have known one baby to do it - but he ended up in glasses for years because he didn't do all the distance/perspective parts of his development while he was crawling like babies are suppose to. I wouldn't encourage walking unless she is already doing all the crawling things like crawling through tunnels and under chairs.
Ashley - posted on 04/12/2012
Holy hell thats crazy be carfull walking to soon can hurt there ancles ask your doc my mom had serius issues because she started walking at 9 months, my daughter is 6 months and not even crawling yet she's sits up and kinda scotes but walking crazy. It must mean she has some awsome stranght though u should vidio it.
Felycia - posted on 04/07/2012
I was walking at 6 1/2 months. My daughter is now 6 1/2 months and is starting to stand up. It depends on the baby. Every kid develops differently. The pediatrician said that my daughter is 2 months advanced for her age. But that is was perfectly safe. oh and both my parents were walking young. Mom at 7mo and dad at 5 1/2. Aunt was 6 months when walking.
Kacey - posted on 04/06/2012
I was walking at 6 months, my mom (and pictures) tells me. But, evidently they weren't ready and I have a lil scar right beside my right eye where I hit the corner of a table.
But, be careful at letting them walk that young. Our legs aren't developmentally ready and could mess up alignment. I had to wear braces on my feet (red shoes w/ a bar in between them) to keep my feet from turning in (toes going toward each other). My mom says the dr. told her it was the placement of my body in the womb that mis-aligned my hip. But, my opinion is walking early could have had some hand in it.
Tracey - posted on 03/30/2012
Becky, no, you're not the only oddball. Scroll further back for my story. :-) My son was walking at 7 months 2 weeks, and my daughters both the day before they turned 6 months.
I'd forgotten about the issues created when they walk so young! They can get into soooo much more than the typical baby their age. For example, it's very common for babies 5-7 months old to spend as much time as you'll let them throwing things over the edge of their high chairs as they experiment with gravity. But our babies are capable of throwing *themselves* over the edge of the steps, because they don't understand gravity! They also don't understand that if they reach up and yank on something, it could come down on their heads. And they're also little enough they might not have the vocabulary or reasoning skills to understand if you try to explain it to them (although since early walking can be a sign of very high IQ, sometimes they do, but they might forget).
And like Becky Reed said, they're so tiny you can't reach their hands to hold them, and people will comment on how small they are for their age. I got this soooo many times. My babies all had lots of hair and high cheekbones, so they did look a lot older than they were. Here I had these precocious babies, but what I was constantly hearing was about their "health problem": "Does he have dwarfism?" Arrrrgh!!! Or "He must be short, like you." (And my height was stunted by severe illness when I was a preschooler--it's not genetic. The family is tall, and I'm not *that* short! Although I do think the early walking is genetic. Most of my cousins on both sides of the family were very early walkers, and even my oldest cousin's new granddaughters both walked so early her mom was her wit's end this past winter. And we have a copy of an old letter written by my great-great-great grandmother, telling her childhood friend how hard it was for her with her husband gone to the war: their baby girl started walking so early she didn't know how to keep her from falling in the fire while she tried to run the farm. She must have figured it out, because that baby eventually grew up and had my great-grandmother.
Yep, it was quite the adventure.
Becky - posted on 03/29/2012
I'm about to be the oddball in the bunch I think....my son was running at 7 months old....HE turned 6 months and suddenly one day he decided he was gonna crawl, a week later, he decided to stand and hold onto stuff, a week after that he decided to start walking and within two at 7 months old it was a full out run......I don't wish it on anyone,(I nearly had a breakdown over it) I'm very proud of him for his early development, but I just remember bawling my eyes out because I was terrified he was gonna get hurt, we had to totally child proof the house(you know all the things you never dream your kid will get into, let alone at that age) and he was so small that I couldn't bend down far enough to catch him when he was running around, and he couldn't reach my hand to hold onto it when we were in public, so I had to resort to putting him on one of those little kid leashes because once he got mobile there was no putting him in a stroller again,(unless he got tired) but he wanted to walk everywhere....I got alot of really strange looks from people who said things like oh my goodness what is wrong with him? Why is he so little for his age(thinking he was like 18 months+) and I would have to explain that he was actually considered on the tall side for his age(7months)......Apparently my youngest brother was the same way, and they were both crazy climbers who would climb anything and everything.....All children develop at their own speed, but don't rush it, I tried to enjoy all his little firsts but it was a bit overwhelming knowing that I was gonna miss out on several months that I had expected him to be dependent on me for everything....not so much when he could get his own toys and such.....don't rush youb babies growing up too fast, just enjoy them at whatever speed they choose to go at....
Kati - posted on 03/27/2012
I've never heard of it, but it doesn't make it impossible. Obviously I wouldn't push it. Let them do what they are ready for. I posted to another mom, one of my children walked at 8 months (full on running too) . He was army crawling at 4 months. Is your baby showing signs or starting to?
Barb - posted on 03/27/2012
8 1/2 months my daughter was walking around funiture, but was also crawling so she didn't try to walk as much she was zooming crawling. She stopped crawling pretty much by 12 months and was walking all the time by then or riding on mama.
Tracy - posted on 03/27/2012
my oldest was walking at 6 months and she now is 9 and perfectly healthy!!! my middle walked, crawled, rolled over at 11 months and i asked the doctor if this was normal for one to walk and do things earlier than the other and he said yes. my daughter was the advanced version and my son was the normal version!! my youngest is 19 months and she started walking 3 days after she turned 9 months. we did nothing to encourage the walking they did all of this on their own.
Tracey - posted on 03/26/2012
My husband and I both walked before 6 months. Our oldest, our son, was still not crawling at 6 months, but started at 6 1/2 months and then walked at 7 months.
But both of our daughters took their first unassisted steps the day before they turned 6 months old.
As for early walking causing problems later, both my husband and I were excellent athletes through our school years. He played football, and I was a sprinter. Our son was on a competitive gymnastics team and starter on his football team (he's now 15). And all three kids have been/are in a pre-professional ballet school. None of us have *ever* had any problems because of walking early, and in fact found that many kids in the ballet school and on the gymnastics team also walked before reaching 8 months old. Both pursuits require an excellent sense of balance, coordination and natural muscle, so I'm guessing that's why. No spinal problems or skeletal problems here!
I've also seen an article on the fact that many highly gifted kids (IQ over 160) will walk around 6 months old, and start talking before they're a year old, so it's not impossible.
Edit to add: And no, we didn't do a thing to encourage this. In my older daughter's case, she likes to hide new skills even today at age 13, until she gets them to her idea of "perfect". In fact, it was the director of the daycare I ran the teacher nursery for who first saw her walk, so it may have been even earlier. But I was lamenting when she was 11 months old that she was showing no signs of wanting to walk, and the director started laughing, then quickly stopped. "You're serious? But she's been walking for months! She's even running! When I go in to check on you during the toddler naptime [my daughter didn't take naps] she's running around behind your back!" I asked her "How long?" and she said "I first saw her do it the day before the apple orchard field trip but I might have missed it earlier". That gave me a good date of the day before she turned 6 months old.
My younger daughter doesn't mind working on new skills in front of me, and took her first unassisted step at an extended family birthday party, to the surprise of many present. My husband's grandma immediately lectured me about how I must be "pushing" her to do things early.
It is very much a case of each child reaching mile stones at different rates. Yes, it is possible for a baby to walk at that age, but often whilst they cruise along things, it takes awhile before they actually launch into taking their first unaided steps...so don't worry, bubs will advance when he/she is ready... my first child had a hip abnormality so didn't walk until nearly two (after it was corrected), my second child was 9 months and she was running, and my third child, well he was climbing etc well before he walked after his second birthday, but then he had two sisters who were his slaves, all he had to do was point at something and it came to him. It wasn't until he found himself alone, he could hear his sisters in another room, then he suddenly stood up (unaided), and walked around the house to where his sisters were...no more slaves after that!!!1
Jessica - posted on 03/23/2012
My sister walked at 8 months. I began at around 12. My daughter took her first at 10. Two of my nephews began at 16 & 18 months, respectively. Eight months is pretty early, but not unheard of. Around a year is normal. My nephews have pretty big heads, so it took a little longer to get their balance right. But they're running around & stuff just like everyone else now.
Danielle - posted on 03/21/2012
My younger daughter was crawling on her hands & knees & would 'cruise' by 6 mos. I expected her to walk around 7 mos, but she didn't really start walking until 15 mos. She would let go, turn, take 1 or 2 steps, then get down & crawl. She was a VERY fast crawler & could keep up with her sis 21mos older, & walking would have slowed her down. As far as I'm concerned she didn't start walking until 15.5 mos. I know some people who would count the 2 steps she took earlier or holding hands & say she was walking at 7-8 mos.
My other 3 all started walking right around 1, give or take a week or 2, and crawled around 8-9 mos. I also know that a couple of my brothers walked around 7 mos. Every child is different. And some are more determined or stubborn than others (both ways - doing early or late).
Rebekah - posted on 03/21/2012
My son cruised around 8 months and was walking around 12 months.
You don't want them walking at 5-6 months though - so if your little one is attempting to walk at this age, prevent it. Make the little one crawl. It can cause problems later down the road.
Laura Zoey - posted on 03/21/2012
I saw that show too. It was so sad! He was super strong but it came at a cost. He wasnt healthy. It's not normal for babies to walk at 5 months" I'd say 8 months is within the realm of normal but even then it's unusual and could be a sign of high muscle mass. Or something else.
My kids walked early too, 9 months, but they both seemed ready but I can't imagine much younger!
Rachel - posted on 03/21/2012
My daughter didn't start crawling until she was nearly 9 months, but within a few weeks she was already pulling herself up and cruising. At 10 months she was able to walk short distances unassisted and hasn't slowed down since. Now, at 2 years 8 months, she's a little daredevil. I did see this story on TLC special medical case show about a little boy who was born with about twice the muscle mass of the average baby. I think they said he was walking around 5 months. When the show was made he was around 4 years old and was totally ripped. He looked like a tiny body builder but that was just how he was made. It's definitely not impossible to walk that early, but it is very uncommon.
Star - posted on 03/21/2012
My son Kevryck was walking & pushing toys around the house by 5months. He was full blown walking by 8 months, running by 12 & jumping by 13months. We all go to the chiropractor, even Kevryck. We skipped crawling though. He sat on his own w/anything by 3months, went from rolling & pulling himself up to walking. We didn't really encourage him to move that quickly. We honestly would've enjoyed if he had slowed down a bit. Some kids just can't wait. He's always been 6-12months ahead on all milestones. Enjoy the down time of them being remotely immobile.
Sheena - posted on 03/20/2012
I started walking at 8 months my dad was at 6 months and my daughter started at 10 months. All of us were early on everything. My 1st daughter rolled over at month 1 in front of the doctor and was sitting at 4 months by her self. The doctor saw and was like omg she is sitting by herself already. It isn't really possible at 5 months but it can happen early. My 2nd daughter loves to sit and stand and she is 4 months old and sits by herself but she didn't roll over til later because she is a bigger baby.
Rachael - posted on 03/19/2012
That is much earlier than average, but not impossible. I would encourage crawling because there has been a lot of research that shows crawling correlates with better reading comprehension in childhood. Also there has been even MORE research linking non-crawling to tactile disorders, difficulty writing, and poor penmanship. My son crawled at 4.5 months, pulled to stand and cruised (in the same day!) at 6 months and walked without holding on at 8.5 months (he probably would have walked alone sooner, but I kept putting him back on his knees because the knesiologist/developmental specialist in me wanted him to crawl longer =))
Taneka - posted on 03/19/2012
As i said in an earlier post my daughter walked at 5 months. Yes it was strange but i later learned that my middle brother walked around 6 months so it wasnt a shock to see my daughter walk so early. Was she a pro walker at 5 months no. But she never did crawl she went straight to walking. And the same went for my middle brother he never crawled he walked. But dont ask a mother if it is common you may want to ask your doctor and see if that is normal. But what is normal these days.
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