My daughter is 16 months and still not walking! Any ideas to help her start walking?

Brittney - posted on 02/25/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Her doctor said she might need to do physical therapy if she doesn't start in the next couple of weeks. She pulls up every where and walks along things holding on! Any suggestions?

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Danyell - posted on 12/08/2013

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My daughter is 16 months and still not fully walking. I must say I'm still a bit worried considering I've witnessed other babies younger than her walking. Ive been told not to compare my child with others. Despite her not walking yet, she has taken a couple of steps and walks around couches and holds on to things.so I am thankful for that, her motor skills are great, she can identity objects....I'm goi g to.continue to.encourage her to.walk, she is very spoiled and held a lot and more than.likely being very lazy..lol.

Erin - posted on 02/27/2011

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My sister was almost 2 before she walked. Good story too...My parents went and bought her a toy to help her walk. They opened it up and took it out of the box. She got up and walked to it.
Ha!

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2011

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my friends son is still not walking yet and i believe he is 16 months now,but he does the same thing,he stands up and walks holding things and holding ones hand,but he is just being lazy as well,my daughter was 10 months old,she was very fast,but with my nephew we used to sit across from each other(2 adults) and would make him walk to each of us back nd forth , just remember to always clap and make it a fun time as well,she will be walking in no time

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2011

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i would try letting her play with push along toys (my daughter has a doll stroller one)...that helped her learn to walk. n walk her along while holding her hands & it really helps to have her around other kids she will want to play with them n more apt to do what they do such as walking. Other than that i think it is a little too early to worry too much all kids r different myself n my nephew walked @ 9 1/2 months, my daughter @ 10 1/2 ish months, but my little sister didn't walk til she was about 16-17 months. my mom got worried & they took her to the doc n he pushed on her legs n she got mad n pushed back n he said if she can do that then she is fine, that she is just lazy right now & doesn't want to walk & will when she is ready. lol--hope this helps:)

Alexandra - posted on 02/25/2011

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If she is up and walking along the furniture...she technically IS walking...she just needs you to help her be brave enough to walk unassisted.

Help her walk by taking her hand and leading her away from all the furniture. Walk around with her and then let go of her hand...see if she will walk a few steps to you. Keep doing that until she gets it. Once she gets the hang of it, there will be no stopping her.

Rachael - posted on 02/25/2011

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FYI I did PT for years and am back in school now for a nursing career change. I know my stuff when it comes to child development. Physical therapy is AMAZING and kids LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

Rachael - posted on 02/25/2011

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DO THE PHYSICAL THERAPY!!!!! if children do not begin to walk by 15 months it is cause for concern. You need to get those muscles strong and intervene early so she has the best chance of leading a normal life and developing her gross motor skills on time!

Kaitlin - posted on 02/25/2011

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She is still in normal range for walking. It sounds like she is almost there just needs a little more "push" to get her walking completlely by herself. This is a crazy idea but you can try to tie one of her favorite toys on a string and try and have her follow you with it. I dont know. I got lucky with my oldest...she started walking by her 1st birthday so I didn't try so hard to get her walking...she just kind of did. But try that as well as the spacing furniture apart thing and see if that helps. Good luck.

Kara - posted on 02/25/2011

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Laura is right - trust your own instincts.
My son didn't start walking until 15 months and I didn't worry because he was cruising and would walk with the assistance of toys/furniture. Try not to fret - I bet your daughter will shock you one of these days!

TerraCotta - posted on 02/25/2011

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That seems early for your doctor to be trying to intervene. It sometimes happens for some kids at 16-17 months, and if she is cruising already then she obviousely is capable of walking, maybe she is just being cautious, maybe try spacing her favorite cruising spots out just a tiny but so she has to reach more and more. It is OK for some kids to take longer, if your daughter is happy and meeting milestones then your shouldn't be too worried, trust your momma instincts.

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