does anyone have any advice on how to encourage my 11 and a 1/2 month old to walk?

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i got my son to walk on his own with a tip my gran gave me. she told me to put a pencil in each hand, the baby will then think its holding onto something, and will then get brave enough to walk. i did it and it worked. my partner and i would sit on the carpet, a little apart from each other, and tell our son to walk from mommy to daddy, and then visa versa. when he reaches each of us, we picked him up, and clapped hands. we made a fuss of it, he would become so excited that he would show us to sit on the floor, so we could play this "game".

Stacey - posted on 02/11/2009

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My experience is that when he's ready to walk...he'll walk.  My three year old didn't walk until 15 months.  My 1 year old walks while pushing a dining room chair around.  My nephews and nieces also varied from 10 months to 15 months.  Most kids start with a combo of walking and crawling.  Don't worry, when he's ready he will!  Careful about using "walkers", my pediatrician told me that they can actually delay walking.   Good luck!

Candice - posted on 02/05/2009

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I think that all babies walk at different times because some of them work on other skills first. Like tallking. My son doesn't walk by himself yet, but he is learning new words all the time. Some babies will walk at 9 months but never say a word until they're a few months older. It just depends on the baby and what they want to do. :)

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Larisa - posted on 10/03/2012

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I'm not sure i am correct BUT my daughter has cp, she's almost 3. She has no leg function remotely close to walking. but she does have visiting nurses, ot&pt at home 4-5 days a week. They've told me their best ways toget a child with her condition are to get them standing as much as possible. Like a stander/walker etc. help the child grasp "1-infront-of-another". My daughter has a brain condition on top of co so her understanding of this is not up to par; BUT I your child understands you they will love the independence of a stander or walker and will get motivated to walk. I've seen it w many others

Allison - posted on 02/12/2009

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We got the forbidden walker and he still is not ready to go on his own, but he has the motions down now. I agree with everyone else though, when they are ready they will go.

Amber - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have the perfect thing a mom told me to do this and it worked really well. If your child can stand on her own, stand her with her back against a wall as support and sit in front of her where she can see your hands. She'll think she's standing on her own and it will build confidence. I did this with my daughter and just stuck my hands out for her to walk to me and she started taking steps.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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Don't rush it.Enjoy them while there only crawling, not that they can't find trouble. Mine just started taking steps three weeks ago and just turned one. I don't expect him to be full walking for another month maybe. Enjoy every stage and cherish it because as you will notice it flies by too fast

Rebecca - posted on 02/12/2009

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my son is 1 today and he has taken a few steps on his own but he is not properly walking yet. i find tho if i put his favourite toys around the room quite near to eachother he will take a few steps from 1 to the other on his own also i have tempted him with carrot stick and healthy treats 2 get him 2 walk 2 me which sometimes work.

Shannan - posted on 02/11/2009

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sorry: me again... also everyone is so eager to get their babies to the next stage... let them be babies and you'll enjoy it so much more... my daughter is 3 soon and i wish her baby time didn't go so fast!!!!

Shannan - posted on 02/11/2009

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try not to push her to walk... they will when they are ready... as for walkers the ones where they push (like a little trolley) is far better... that way they learn to balance and use their weight... the walkers they sit in aren't a fair representation for their little brains... they are supported by a fabric seat and they end up sitting and pushing their legs around which doesn't teach them anything really... and there have been a few accidental deaths with them too.

Andrea - posted on 02/11/2009

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Mines just a year and still not walking - after my 3 year old walked early I don't want her to walk too soon!. Be careful of the sit in walkers I have read about children and accidents in them - also read about them not developing properly - I think the walk behind ones are fine. I agree that they will walk when they are ready - also read the longer it takes for them to walk the more intelligent they are going to be! (maybe wishful thinking on my part for my daughter!!) good luck.

Penny - posted on 02/11/2009

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Thanks for everyones advice you all were very helpful.Iappreciate it alot.



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Emma - posted on 02/05/2009

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I'm trying to encourage my daughter to walk as well.  She just cruises around the furniture and pushes her walker.  Crawling seems to be her method of choice in terms of real travel.  She can stand on her own pretty well now, but doesn't really seem interested in walking.  My son had been an early walker, but he hated crawling. 

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hi there hun, a baby walker can encourage them to walk. Or you could get her to stand up str8 againest a wall, sit in from of her with ur arms out and see if she takes steps too you :) ive done it to my daughter she is 1 next thursday and sometimes it works for her :) gud luck hun xxx

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My son starting taking steps alone this past sunday. He's getting braver day by day and can walk almost across the room by himself now. He prefers crawling though because it's so much faster right now. We'll be in trouble when he realizes walking or even running is faster! He's just so cute to watch!! I love it!

Shannon - posted on 02/05/2009

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I agree with Candice while my eleven month old can walk she can only say a few words. But to entice her to walk one of us would help her stand and the other would sit just out of arms reach with her zombie monkey (her security toy) and naturally she would try to get to him. Eventually she walked there.

Mandy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Quoting Penny:

does anyone have any advice on how to encourage my 11 and a 1/2 month old to walk?




First of all your daughter is gorgeous! My daughter is 1 is 6 days and no where near walking. Ive tried to encourage her but unfortunately with no success. Ive come to the realisation that she is not going to learn any faster than what she wants too. So if u get any tips give them a go but just remember even if shes not walking by 12 mths there s nothing wrong with that she will wen shes ready. Mind u it could just b my daughter she is very stubborn! Also more time u dont have to worry about her gettin to all the higher up things and climbing tables! Best of luck!

Krystal - posted on 02/04/2009

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Recently I have read that a walker actually delay their learning to walk as they dont strengthen the proper muscles used when walking. My 11 month old dont walk either. I have searched for ideas to get her walk and so far nothing.  But she was also 6 weeks premature so that might have something to do with it. If you find anything please let me know.

Laura - posted on 02/04/2009

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My Sofia is not walking yet, but she is "cruising." She can walk while holding on to something, but she just doesn't have the courage to let go yet. We have a dolly stroller that she pushes herself while "walking" and a little toy car that she pushes. If only she would let go!

Crystal - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi there.  My son started to get the hang of it when we bought him his walking toy. We got it at Wal-Mart and I think it cost 19.99.  He loves it even though he is walking on his own. It is a toy that he can walk behind and then he can sit on it and push it with his feet. Hope that helps.

Zeenia - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Penny:

does anyone have any advice on how to encourage my 11 and a 1/2 month old to walk?




Have you tried the walker?? i mean where the child sits n roams around the place freely... put him in the walker n try to lure him with any thing that he likes... he might just try to take a few steps towards it.. My son has just taken his first few steps, n my daughter is yet to follow... dont worry some kids walk a bit late.. he will eventually walk.... another thing u could try is to hold ur son's hand n walk along with him.. 



The walker thing worked for my kids... so try it out.

Miranda - posted on 02/03/2009

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Caleb took his first steps just before 10 months but it is only now and 11 1/2 months that he walks almost everywhere. At first he wanted to crawl heaps cos it was faster but we got him a little light weight walker that he could push around and made sure we placed things in the middle of the room for him to walk to and he was soon off. Now I'm wishing I never got him walking. I think the best thing we did was making sure the coffee table was just out of reach so he had to let go of the couch to reach it. He soon got sick of getting on the ground and climbing back up to move less than a foot.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2009

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Like Elizabeth said.....when they're ready, they let you know!  Is your cruising about the furniture....walking holding to your fingers....anything like that??  Caroline just recently started the process of walking alone ( past 2 wks ) but prefers crawling when she wants to get someplace fast!  There really isn't a need to push the walking, since they could start as late as 18 m.......and if they aren't ready yet, it might take longer for them to start if we keep trying to make them!

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They say that they'll tell you when they're ready.  I just recently got my 50 week year old son to start walking because he started day care and saw others his age doing so.  It also helped to get him to stand in the middle of the room and hold out a favorite item of some sort...he didn't even realize he was doing so because the item was off the floor so he needed to stand to get to it :)  Of course there are times when he's like "wait a minute...I'll just crawl there...it's faster!"  But they're getting to be few and far between.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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Sorry, I'm trying to get mine to walk as well..He is getting there. He only walks when we help him, and he walks around the furniture holding on to things. Otherwise it's crawling everywhere.....fast!!!

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