Is there anything I can do to help my daughter learn to walk any sooner?

Mary - posted on 12/19/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 13 months and i've put her in a walker and got her a push toy but she still isn't walking. I was wondering if there were any tricks or anything other people have tried to help their kids learn to walk. I have no idea what i'm doing here. She is my first and only kid so far and I don't really have help with learning all this stuff. Any help I would love thanks.

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Callie - posted on 12/19/2010

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Like the others said don't worry she'll start walking when she's ready. She's well within the normal range and each kid develops at their own rate. BUT I do want to say that walkers (not the push toys but the seats with wheels) are actually very dangerous. They cause more injuries than any other baby toy/gear. Canada has even banned them (and I think the US considered it). They also can delay walking because they put a baby in an unnatural walking position. Also shoes should not be used on children who aren't walking. They can keep the bones in the feet from developing properly. And once a baby/toddler has learned to walk they should only wear them when needed to protect their feet (in cold or it they could step on something sharp). Babies grip with their toes when they learn to walk so putting shoes on them also slows down the walking process because they can't feel the ground.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_sa...
http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0...

Carolyn - posted on 12/19/2010

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i would ditch the walker, they end up in a more seated position and walking on their toes, they also dont learn to balance since they are sitting back on their butts.

try just walking around with her, holding her hands while she is standing between your legs.

some babies walk earlier, some later. just go with her flow. show her how, and do it with her !

Amy - posted on 12/22/2010

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Does she crawl a lot? I know a friend whose child scooted herself and didn't walk until 15 months. She just liked sliding on the floor on her bum! My son walked later too. What we did was just held his arms while he just stood and faced us. pretty soon he stood well on his own, then we held his hands and walked with him. He liked moving around free and soon was pulling himself up on furniture. by 15 months it was a pure run. You're doing just fine. They all just have different Ideas on what they like. With our daughter, there happened to be a toy she really wanted on a chair next to the couch and she couldn't quite let go of the couch to reach it...so she just let go and went to it. she was walking at 10 months - holy wow, i was glad my son waited a bit longer. :)

Laura - posted on 12/20/2010

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I've said it before I'll say it again. You spend the first couple years of their lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 18 telling them to sit down and shut up. :) She'll do it when she's ready, good luck.

Sarh - posted on 12/19/2010

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Have you tried just holding her hands and having her walk in front of you? Another thing you could try is walking with her feet on your feet and holding her hands.
I'm assuming she is talking...? Babies who talk first walk later and vise versa.
And like all of the other moms said every baby walks when THEY are ready. Don't compare your baby girl to other children.

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Cara - posted on 12/23/2010

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I have a friend whos daughter didn't start walking til she was about 18 months old. Each child is different in how long it takes them to walk. I would definitely get rid of the walker tho. That will only hinder her

Kathryn - posted on 12/23/2010

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I would say walk with her. But at the same time dont rush it! she will walk when she is ready. and if you try to push to hard and her legs can handle the weight it can cause her to be bow legged (what the doctors told me)

Magen - posted on 12/23/2010

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what I did was take a reciving blanket and roll it up till it is one long roll. then wrap it around her going under her arms. have her walk as if you where holding onto her when she gets going good let go she will think you are still helping her. so she will keep going. It worked for my youngest. my oldest didn't start walking he ran. I was playing with him and told him I was going to get him and he took off running.

Kelly - posted on 12/22/2010

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Have you spoken to a Pediatrician or a Nurse at the Health Centre about possible developmental delays?? I don't want to scare you or make you feel bad but it may be worth looking into just to rule out any Neurological delays. Other than that, I agree with what the other girls are saying about having her on the floor as much as possible and "practicing". She'll get there.

Priscilla - posted on 12/22/2010

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My daughter took her first steps in what I called an, "Anything you can do, I can do better" moment. She would always just take the 2-3 steps and fall. Until, I took her to visit with her cousin who is only 2 months older than her. She watched him let go of the couch and start walking, and before I could blink, she let go and went right after him! When it came time for potty-traing, the same thing happened. She got it together when she saw the same cousin go into the bathroom and pee on his own. She wanted to do it too! Thats what worked for us; Keeping her around children that were her size and doing the things we were trying to get her to do.

Heather - posted on 12/22/2010

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i would say just don't worry about it when she is ready to walk she will walk...my son never liked the walker but i didn't think he would walk when he finally started walking but if she is not walking when she turns 2 i would go see a thearpist. that is what my cousin done wth her lil girl and not too long after that started to walk

Chantel - posted on 12/22/2010

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other kids try going to a play center i have 2 kids and my little girl is walking because she want to keep up with her brother but trust me don't rush her at least you no where she is if u leave her alone for a mim lol

Joel - posted on 12/21/2010

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i had a similar problem and the only thing i can tell you is that she'll walk when she is ready. Remember no two kid is the same and once her doctor says she's ok, dont rush her cause she'll walk when she wants to. and i agree get rid of the walker cause is doesn't help, put her on the floor and let her pull up on things, hold on to them and one day she'll stand on her own and in no time she'll step of.

Ashley - posted on 12/21/2010

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Just walk with your baby and encourage her. One thing that helped my son is for you to sit on the floor with your spouse or whoever on the oppisite side and taking turns calling for her. She will get excited and come to you. My son started holding onto furniture when he was 7 months, I think it also helps to let her crawl around the room for awhile and she will want everything but she will learn to hold onto things and having you to help teach her walk will help!! You just gotta work with her...it takes time!

Ashley - posted on 12/21/2010

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My daughter started walkin wen she was about 9 months. Wen she was able to stand by herself, I just held her hands and had her walk with me. Now all she wants to do is run lol.

Mary - posted on 12/21/2010

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Thanks everyone, I won't rush it. :) I guess I'm just super excited and ready. I appreciate all the help.

Tamara - posted on 12/21/2010

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I would just incourage her to walk by holding her hands and helping her stand and slowly walk her forward...That's what I did with my little one and before you knew it he was walking along the edges of stuff then one day let go, now he walks and tries to run everywhere. But you do have to do it at their own pace, all kids develop differently.

Heather - posted on 12/21/2010

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Don't rush her, she will walk at her own pace. I would take away the walker though - it teaches babies to walk on their toes and actually causes them to walk later. I haven't tried those walking wing things, but I definitely want to! My daughter is 9 months old and loves to walk holding on to my hands, but my back can't handle constantly leaning forward!

Janielle - posted on 12/21/2010

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id let her do it at her own pace, also! as long as you arent worried that something else is wrong. im definitely not rushing my 11 month old! he holds things n walks on his own, but mainly crawls EVERYWHERE!!

Amanda - posted on 12/20/2010

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Some kids just learn to walk later than others. If her muscles aren't strong enough to walk then there isn't much you can do about it. Just try to encourage it and wait for the big day!

Chasity - posted on 12/20/2010

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They usually won't walk until they are ready but if she is cruising (walking holding onto stuff) hold some food or a toy out to her and try to get her to let go of what shes holding to try to walk to you. What helped my kids was them being around other kids that where about their age or alittle older and they would want to play with them and be like them and so they learned to walk faster so that they could keep up. Or hold their hands and walk them around awhile then hand them a small toy and let go of them and try to get them to bring you the toy then the baby is focusing on the toy and not that they are scared to walk without holding on because that is what holds them back from doing it. :) hope this helps.

Ashley - posted on 12/20/2010

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i would say just play with her...have her around other kids seeing them walk will make her want to do what they are doing. but other than that just don't rush it enjoy the stage she is at now bc they get big WAY too fast:)

Erica - posted on 12/20/2010

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U might try holding her hands and walk behind her. U could also sit a couple steps away from her stand her up facing u and see what she does. It worked with all 3 of my children. Good luck and the first steps are so precious too.

Hanna - posted on 12/20/2010

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i used a walker till she was running in it but she did used to stand up whilst doing this not sitting in the seat then i took it away and then she used to walk around the furniture and hold on to the wall to get around the flat done that for about a month then took small steps to certain things ie toys tv unit other sofa then one day she just let go and walked up the hall to her bedroom and hasent looked back since shes 16 months now and is waking like a pro and has been for about 3 months we all thought she would be walking before her 1st birthday as she would hold on to the wall but she obviously wasent ready then :-)

Alecia - posted on 12/20/2010

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my daughter is 15 mnths and still working on mastering the skill, though she gets better everyday. ive had ppl try and come up with reasons why she isnt walking...i just say im glad she got to be my baby longer!!! they grow to fast as it is and i think now is a great time for her to start alking cuz she is just starting to get heavy for me to carry all the time. and no, my daughter didnt talk early either, but she knows signs for milk, drink, eat, play, baby, elephant, snow, all done, more...and knows what an elephant, cat, dog, bird, lion and monkey are. kids just develop at their own pace and being a "late" walker and/or talker doesnt tell u anything about how they will be when they r older. :) i say enjoy her as ur baby for as long as possible

Jessica - posted on 12/20/2010

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I purchased "Walking wings" at babiesrus. They are a band that goes around the baby's chest and they have long straps to allow you to assist your baby in walking and staying upright, it also allows you to control how much assist you are giving the tighter you hold the straps the more balancing you are doing for her, the looser you hold the straps the more she is balancing. The wings are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, saying that holding the baby's hands over her head with you hands doesn't give her a sense of balance and if she falls you can do damage to her shoulders, wrists, and elbows. Hope this helps! Good Luck!!

H.J - posted on 12/20/2010

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holding, hands is one of the best ways to teach her how to walk and also getting them to walk towards something or some one they like. I taught a little girl how to walk by getting her to walk towards herself in the mirror. Each child walks at a different rate my child took his first steps at 9mths but wasn't walking until 15mths. Don't rush her... as the others have said once they learn how to walk that's the end of your sanity!

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2010

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Being a first time mom is scary when you have so little help from people who have already been there (I know from personal experience). Just have faith that everything will work out okay. If she is table walking then just encourage her. Walk with her. Sit on the floor close to someone else that she trusts and see if she will trust her own feet enough to try. Best of luck.

Jodi - posted on 12/19/2010

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LOL, I'm with Jennifer, once they walk, they run and are into EVERYTHING. My two BOTH walked early and it was a pain in the butt because they were also still only learning the meaning of "no". If they'd been a bit older, maybe we would have had the discipline thing a bit more under control, LOL.



It's kind of like the talking thing. You spend a small part of your life trying to hurry it up, and then they never shut up :P

Mary - posted on 12/19/2010

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Well I just replied with a huge paragraph and I guess it didn't post it oh well. What I said was basically everyone I knew said their babies starting walking when they turned 1 so I felt like I was behind or something but now hearing from all of you I wont rush it at all. Thanks for helping me and telling me your stories.

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There's no need to worry until she's 18 months. My daughter didn't walk until she was 15 months. It's all within the "normal" range.

Morgan - posted on 12/19/2010

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My daughter took her first steps at 10 months and now at 11 months has just mastered the skill....
I did not do anything, she just did it all on her own :)
she started by pulling up on the couch and coffe table, then got the guts to let go and stand in mid air, then one day just went for it!!
But I agree with Jennifer, now shes into everything!!!
dont rush her she'll be on her way when shes good and ready :)

Keshia - posted on 12/19/2010

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with my son I decided to not use walkers because I didnt feel it taught him to walk on his own for the ones that you sit in but I did get him one that he could push but he didnt like it much I really thought he would walk early since he was already walking around furniture by 5 months but he wouldnt do it on his own until 2 days before his first birthday our dog help him alot hes loves his puppy and always wants to play with him so we would get the dog going with toy and our son would try to walk to him or he loves the lights on ym cell phone so I would hold that inf ront of him but after the first couple days he took off and by a week was running im sure yours will be soon

Medic - posted on 12/19/2010

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WHY ON EARTH DO YOU WANT TO RUSH THIS?!?!?!?!? Do you realize what happens when they walk??????/ They then RUN and are into EVERYTHING.....just let your little girl move at her own pace and enjoy it.

Nicole - posted on 12/19/2010

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My daughter was an early walker and one of the reasons she walked so early was that I walked with her, holding her hands, in the baby pool. As she got bigger she started walking in the water by herself.

Charlotte - posted on 12/19/2010

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My daughter is 9 months old. I have placed her in a bouncer (those that swivels for the baby to play with different toys at a 360 turn) and it has strengthen her legs. She has learn to stand up on people holding her. I had bought something similiar for my son. It has helped him too, even though instead of crawling/walking, he would walked on his knees.

Liz - posted on 12/19/2010

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One of the best things I can think of is squeaky shoes. 1) they encourage your child to walk properly * heal to toe* and 2) the kids love making them squeak. My sister got my b/g twins some for their first birthday. My son walked by 17 months ( 15 and a half months adjusted) and my daughter at 19 months ( 17 and a half months adjusted) they were six weeks preemie. My neice didn't walk until almost 15 months. So all kids walk at different times. All you can really do is just try and to continue to encourage her, but if she isn't interested and if your doctor isn't worried then don't push her.

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