13 months not walking. tries to stand by herself, crawls scoots on furniture. any advice

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Rachel - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son didn't walk until he was 14, almost 15m old. Heck he was a slug! But nothing stops him now! Once he took off, that was that!

Denise - posted on 02/19/2009

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Every child does each thing at their own pace. But if you are that concerned, I would talk with her pediatrician.

Debbie - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi, my son is nearly 13 months old too. He's still crawling and pulling to stand, but not walking yet - he's totally normal and so is your girl! If she's already moving around using furniture as support, she is getting there - be patient.

Sharon - posted on 02/18/2009

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My oldest son didn't walk until 16-17 months but our circumstances were a bit different. He was bed ridden for 6 months for fighting infant leukemia. I was told as long as they walked before 18 months was normal. Every child is different. Is this your youngest? They say that sometimes the youngest one in the family takes longer to reach their milestones because parents and siblings are doing everything for them. Do you have a walker or some sort? If it's too light, put a bag of rice on there to help weigh it down. And maybe you can seek therapy through your regional center? Good luck!

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My advice is just let her be.  She's not behind in any way.  She is just normal and herself.

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son is almost 16 months old and still not walking. He scoots everywhere on his bottom. He has recently started pulling up and cruising. My doc said not to worry. My son understands everything you say to him and he is not behind in anything else. I have 2 older children that walked at different times. My daughter was 14 months and my other son was 10 months. My husband knows a nurse at a peds office and she says sometimes kids are 18 months before they start walking.

Jacqueline - posted on 02/18/2009

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hi there ive had 4 that all walked at differant times the first at just 9 months 2nd at 12 months the 3rd at 14 and the 4th at 16 months i say enjoy it cause they get into so much more when there walking.if she is walking around the furniture she is strong enough to hold her balance so its just a confidence thing i wouldnt stress to much .good  luck take care xoxo

Tammy - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son is 15 months and just started crawling at 14 months.  In the last couple of weeks he's now pulling himself to stand and "cruising" a bit while holding onto something.  The doctor is not worried at all.  I think up to 18 months is still within the normal range.  My son has met every physical milestone late, but is doing really well now so I wouldn't worry too much at this point. 

Kate CP - posted on 02/18/2009

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Give her time. Some kids don't learn to walk until 18 months. When they do finally learn to walk...boy are they fast!

Krista - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son was 15 months before he walked and they were not worried at all, one day he just got it. she is up and about so I wouldnt worry! She will get it soon! :)

Christine - posted on 02/18/2009

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every child does there own thing when there are ready! one day she my not be walking and the next she will. i would not worry about it until maybe 16 or 17 months

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My daughter is 13 months old and doesn't stand or walk yet, either. If you are concerned about it, you might want to speak with your pediatrician and inquire about physical therapy? My daughter receives free physical therapy sessions through our state's Early Intervention program, but health insurance companies typically cover physical therapy when ordered by a physician. If that's not an option, she might at least be able to recommend some exercises to help build up strength and muscle tone in her legs and core muscles, which will help her learn to stand and walk.



From my personal experience, I will tell you that I've had dozens of specialists reassure me that not walking until closer to 15 months is perfectly within the normal scope, and it's so much more important for a child to crawl and explore and experience the cognitive developments that come along with that than it is for them to start standing and walking quickly.



Again, though, if you're concerned, I would bring it up with your pediatrician and ask if he/she thinks it's fine or if you might want to pursue some sort of physical therapy or exercises to help her develop those skills. Good luck, and happy mothering! :o)

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