How to get a baby to start walking.

Kaytie - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )




I need some help. My son is 15 months old and he still is not walking! Its driveing me nuts. He wont even stand up unless he is holding onto something. He walks along that furniture and can climb better than a monkey! But he will not walk. When I hold his hands and try to get him to walk with me and stumbles and trips. He still curls his toes up and walks on them. I dont know what to do. My daughter walked at 11 months not a problem and my sisters twins that are 2 months younger than my son have been walking sence January. He was 8 weeks early and being a preemie can make him delayed in some areas but I thought he should be walking by now right? HELP ME PLEASE!!!


Tracy - posted on 04/19/2010




Being a preemie, don't expect him to progress through developemental milestones at the same rate as the average baby or in the same sequence. However, since you are so concerned, you may want to have him checked out by either his pediatrician or a specialist in pediatric orthopedics to see if he has any leg deficiencies that would cause him to stumble when he tries to walk. Many of us are born with one leg slightly longer or shorter than the other, but some of us are born with a larger deficiency in one leg's length. Also, some children have shorter Achilles tendons than others which causes toe walking. They can do a procedure in a pediatric orthopedic clinic to lengthen or release those tendons so that children are able to walk with feet flat on the ground.

My daughter didn't walk until 15 months of age because she didn't have to. Her older brother and her dad got her everything she wanted, so she never had to try to walk. She would commando crawl everywhere. But one day, after months of working with her, she finally was able to take a step or two and that's all it took. I, on the other hand, didn't walk until I was 18 months because I had one foot that turned out, and I had to wear corrective shoes to straighten out my bone in that leg. They don't use those shoes any more, but once that deformity was corrected, I went on to walk and run as a normal two year old. AndI have no consequences now at age 45...ah, er 29! Ha!

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