Tippy toes and pulling self up

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My son will be 1 on Feb 4th and he is a tippy toe walker and he has never been flat on his feet. He just started to crawl in the past month and he wont pull himself up on furnature only our fingers..... Any advice for me to help him go flat on his feet. I think once he's flat on his feet he'll start to walk around on things


Jenna - posted on 02/09/2011




I wouldn't worry about it. Children naturally stand on tiptoes when they are first standing. As long as you keep them out of shoes while they are learning to stand, pull-up and walk they will eventually find that doing so flat-footed is best. My son was the same way until one day he just switched up and stood flat-footed. It's a readiness thing. And don't worry about the not pulling-up either. I didn't learn to walk until I was 18-months old but the doctor said I wasn't developmentally delayed...just taking my time. If you want to encourage him to walk, use things that he wants and hold them where he has to stand to get them. He'll eventually want to do it. Also, don't be afraid to let him get frustrated. If he sees you walk by and he wants to go with you, you don't always have to pick him up. Frustration is a part of the learning process. It partially motivates us to do things. That being said, there is such a thing as too much frustration. Just be sure to gauge his mood. I hope this helps!


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Heather - posted on 02/06/2011




My oldest was the queen of tippy toes & boy did she have the calves to prove it ;o)!!

she actually started walking by 1yr & would just walk on her tippy toes. But I'm happy to report that now at almost 8yrs, she has left her tippy toes walking days WAY behind her! I now have 4 kids & all of them did this at varying degrees. My 2nd oldest didn't start walking till a year & a hlaf, & now my youngest, which is my only boy, who turned 1ys on the 5th, is becoming more & more brave. He's been cruising for awhile now. But his biggest issues is that he'll bounce, EVERY time my hubby & I try to get him to walk. So right now I would take the tippy toes in a heart beat- LOL! I do know that bare feet is the BEST! Do not use shoes unless going out! It makes it easier for them to feel the floor & grip/ balance better. You can actually see how there toes spread out when walking. Shoes make it A LOT harder to learn how to walk. My 3rd daughter (just turned 2yrs on the 2nd) still is a bit clumsy w/ shoes.

And remember this, they WILL learn how to walk & you WILL be missing those pre-walking days soon enough =o)!

Sheila - posted on 01/27/2011




Hi Ashley and Sarah my daughter will also be 1 on 4th Feb and she too is a tippy toe baby - although she'll not be a ballerina hahahaha - Hannah to has only just started to crawl forwards - I'm trying to get her to keep her shoes on, thinking that it may give her a bit of extra confidence... and maybe my heart wont be in my mouth as often haahhaa

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011




My son will also be 1 on the 4th of feb and exactly the same as your son, he is always on his tippy toes and has only start crawling in the last month. However he has only recently started pulling himself up on furniture and his walker etc, and even when he does this he stands on his toes, however he is starting to put them flat on occasion as he's getting to grips with it, and now realises when they are flat, its more comfortable. We were told he has high arches in the soles of his feet hence tippy toes but is nothing to worry about at all. I was hoping he'd be walking by his first birthday, but he's still very nervous and grabs our fingers when he wants to go walkies around the house. To me this shows confidence that he wants to get going and as soon as he masters leaving his feet flat and gaining balance he'll be off. I dont think it will be too long and i cant wait to see him take off. For your son, id say not to worry, he will get the hang of it real soon and (pardon the pun) find his feet.Some babies can be 14-15 mths before starting to walk and literally just happens over night.

Best of luck

Jaime - posted on 01/27/2011




My boys were the same way. I would stand them up with their back against my legs and kind of help them stand flat. They still stand on their tippy toes when they pull themselves up, but they are slowly getting more comfortable being flat footed. It just takes a little time (and maybe they need a little stretching).

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