my 13 months lil boy hasnt started walking yet? and im curious about why is he not walking yet?

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my oldest was standing without help at 13 mo. then walking at 14 mo. She was great in the motor skills, but she wasn't talking English. She had to get speech therapy at age 3. Don't sweat it; like the others said, children develop at their own rate. If you hear a relative comparing hers with yours, tell her so. Heck even teeth come in when their ready! It doesn't make a baby more or less mature. Just relax and enjoy your baby :)

Felicia - posted on 03/08/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it. All kids are different. My middle son didn't walk til he was 14 months old. He's 17 now and I can't keep him home.

Diana - posted on 03/08/2010

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nether of my boys walked until they were 14 months one of them spent two months walking but only if my fingers were attached to his hands, other wise he'd sit.

Brandy - posted on 03/07/2010

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Brittaney don't worry honey my son did walk until he was 15 months old. Just keeping working with them and he will take off when he does so watch out LOL !

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2010

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every baby is different. i know a 6 month old that is walking and everything then i know a 9 month old thats walking...every kid is different my daughter is going to be 7 months on the 13 and she still dont crawl ..and dont sit by herslef very well. every baby is different. so ne day now :)

Deanna - posted on 03/07/2010

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my 20 year old did not walk until 13 and a half months and my 12 year old until 15 months as long as your peditrician is not worried your baby will walk when they are ready too

Renee - posted on 03/07/2010

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I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 1. It can be challenging being a new parent ( I presume). I would have to ask you, in what ways is he being encouraged to walk? Is he attempting to stand either with assisance or pull himself up without help? These are beginning stages of developing strength in his legs.

Most of all you should inquire with his physician to obtain a sound medical examination and response.

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Kids are all different. My daughter, now 17, didn't even set up unassisted until 13 months...where as her older sister had started walking unassisted at 9 months old.

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Every baby does things at their own pace. My oldest didn't walk until 16 mos. which was still in the normal range. My youngest will be 1 in a week and he just cruises along the furniture. It's nice that they're not walking yet b/c once they start its a whole new game!

Cathleen - posted on 03/07/2010

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I have twins....my son was almost 11 months old when he walked, his twin sister was 17 months old when she walked. Don't stress too much, he will walk when he's ready! L)

Heather - posted on 03/06/2010

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My little girl didn't start wlking till she was like 15/16 months, so you have nothing to worry bout... Jus keep practicing w/ him nd he'll start eventually catch on =)

Leslie - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son started crawling at 12 months and didn't walk until 14 months. He is almost six and you can't get him to stop running and jumping. Enjoy it. First it will be walking then climbing and grabbing and running. Oh my goodness, the sprinting away from you as soon as you let go of their hand is a joy you will experience soon enough.

Tammy - posted on 03/06/2010

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Don't get worried. My girls were 15 - 16 months before they started walking. My son is 11 months and still clinging to the furniture. He'll walk when he's ready...then you'll be wishing he was still crawling...lol 8)

Kerrie - posted on 03/06/2010

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every child is different. I have 3 children. My oldest walked at 11 months, my second 13 months, and my lazy daughter didnt walk till she was 15 months lol. There was nothing wrong with them they just did it at their own pace. If you are concerned talk with your childs pediatrician.

Tara - posted on 03/06/2010

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Has he started talking yet? I've heard that kids chose between walking or talking. It is totally normal.

Melanie - posted on 03/06/2010

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my son didnt start til between 14 to 15 months . he s16 now and in high school. no problms. i wouldnt worry to hard about it. itll happen when it happens. besides my mom always said you spend their first year trying to teach them to walk and talk and the rest of their lives trying to get them to sit down and shut up. hehehehe

Zatonda - posted on 03/06/2010

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how big is the child? I find babies in my family that are really big are slow to walk as quick as the average size child. I have five all of mine walk before 10months, but I didn't carry them alot and they didn't like crawling , if your child have a true bill of health he or she should walk soon, if born really early may take longer, if the docter is not concern you shouldn't be concern, keep the child off the back and in a walker more. interact with activties that require the child to make a effort to want to walk.

Louise - posted on 03/06/2010

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as soon as there up holding on to the furiture moving around it wont be long before they let go and take a few steps and after that they will never sit down lol my son was 14 month when he started walking. every child develops at different ages.

Mary Ann - posted on 03/06/2010

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Don't worry! All kids develop at different rate. My second oldest, a girl, didn't start walking until she was 15 months old and it wasn't long and she was running!

Lillian - posted on 03/06/2010

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Get him walking toys. Ones he can hold on to that help him with his stages of walking. By the time you know he will be up and about, So get you some new kicks cause your going to be doing a whole lot of running after him. Good Luck

Jaclyn - posted on 03/06/2010

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I also think that my son was afraid to stand and walk on his own. My in-laws were visiting when he started to walk. We went to the zoo and my mother-in-law bought him a small basketball and stood him up next to her while she showed him how to dribble it, he was so excited that he kept himself up and had his hands imitate hers. That gave him the confidance boost and distractions that he needed.

Lucy - posted on 03/06/2010

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I really wouldn't worry! If he gets to 18 months and still isn't walking, get him checked out by your health visitor or family doctor, but chances are he is just taking his time and will concentrate on doing other things first.

My daughter holds the family record for not walking unaided until she was 2 years and 3 months! She was incredibly early at talking and fine motor skills like holding a pencil and knife and fork properly, but she just wouldn't walk. In fact, she never even crawled, she used to shuffle around on her bottom!

We got her checked out at 18 months just to be sure, but we were fairy certain it was just stubborness and the fact that she was physically quite cautious. Already at this age you could ask her why she wouldn't walk and she would say "no walk, might fall over, hurt myself"!

Ivy finally walked on my brother's wedding say, she just hopped off my lap and followed the bride down the aisle! She had just decided she was ready and has had no problems since. If you saw her running, climbing and playing now at the age of 3 and a half you would never know it had taken her so long to get going.

Jaclyn - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son looked like he was going to walk early, he tried to stand at 8 months, but he was not crawling yet, so I was told to get him to crawl, then he quit trying to walk. He did not walk until he was 16 months. All children do develop at their own pace. My son also was very advanced at fine motor skills, eating table foods and talking. He has always been behind on the gross motor skills, which is the opposite for most children. Give him time and encouragement and he will be walking before you know it. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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i have a 13month old as well and he is just walking along furniture right now but every baby is different most children should be walking by 15 months...if not by then i would talk to your pediatrician

Marcia - posted on 03/05/2010

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My boy walked at 14 months. OMG. I thought he was never going to let go and start walking, but he did. I think he knew he could do it, but he was just afraid to. I wouldn't start worrying as yet, as most posters have mentioned, kids develop at their own rate. But if I were you, I'd grab my running shoes because that moment is right around the corner!!

Kathy - posted on 03/05/2010

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My dd did not start until she was about 14 months. I've seen some take even longer. I wouldn't worry yet. :)

Shirley - posted on 03/04/2010

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Not all kids are the same, and it is not unusual that your kid doesn't walk yet. Just patiently guide him, just make sure if he falls he doesn't fall on hard surface and do not use baby walker because it only makes them lazy to walk. You can use other means like something he can push. There are new gadgets nowadays. Good luck and have a nice day. God bless you and your family also.

Danielle - posted on 03/04/2010

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My oldest son started walking at 9 months and my daughter was 12 months. Point being all kids develop at their own rate. One day he'll be walking, the next running! :)

Paola - posted on 03/04/2010

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Don't worry mommy!my daughter was about that age wen she started walking...evry1 used to nagg me,why she's not walking yet? it was frustrating...but she eventually walked! bottom line she got tired of crawling! so don't beat yourself up,he/she will get there. ;o)

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My son didn't start walking til' about 14 months, and not he's 3 1/2 and walks and jumps just fine. I was a little worried myself then too cuz hell, I was walking at at like 9 months and all my friends kids were taking off as well, my doctor told me not to worry and try to encourage the walking instead of forcing it, so what I did was just relax take a breath and have a lot of play dates,... sooner or later baby will get tired of being left behind or not being able to keep up or do the stuff the walking children are doing...before you know it, you won't be able to catch him.

Bethanie - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son didn't crawl until he was a year old. He didn't pull up until 10-11 months and he walked at 13 months. His all happened at once! He still can't climb steps very well. He's a bigger kid and not much of a climber, so I always chalked it up to his size. He rolled and sat up on his own at the right times, the other things just took him longer.

Kristin - posted on 03/04/2010

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First, as everyone has said before, kids develop at their own rate. Keep your son's doctor in the loop as you go in for the various well baby check ups. I would be more concerned if he's not even trying to pull up or crawl at this point. He's got a lot of developmental milestones to get through before walking is important. As long as he is getting through them, again at his own pace, he's doing just fine.

If you do want to encourage his mobility, Start off by puting things on the sofa or chair just out of his reach. He will need a little help in the beginning. Then move it a little farther along the furniture, so he will take a step. As I'm thinking about this, you don't say if he's started cruising or not. If he is, he's doing just fine and will let go sooner than you think and probably want. Just encourage his progress with lots of applause, snuggles, and praise. Also, move everything you don't want him getting into up, NOW. If you wait until he's walking, it's a little too late,

One other thing to watch for, and I don't know if this really applies to your situation. But kids who are ALWAYS carried, in arms, a stroller, some type of body carrier, tend to be a little slower to walk. Why should they, when someone else will get them to where they need to go. For obvious reasons, you need to carry him at times, but he can do for himself when you feel he is in an appropriate and safe location.

I know it sounds odd, but don't be too quick to pt him in shoes either. Let him be in socks or really soft, slipper-like shoes until he's really got it down. We use our toes more than we think when walking. They help with gripping and balance especially in the beginning. When he's really getting going Robeez are good and Circo(?) makes a cheaper version. StrideRite are good too, just make sure the soles are really flexible. My boys outgrew these shoes before they wore out. They haven't worn out yet and I'm holding them for our third child, so good investment. There are a bunch of good toddler shoe manufacturers out there, but you will need to do research on what's in your area. I mention the flexible soles, because rigid shoes on toddler feet can impede the muscle and skeletal development and lead to foot problems as they grow.

I know, loads of information. This is just what I've done, use it or not. Good luck and trust your Mom instincts to know if your baby is doing okay.

Jamie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I worked in daycare before I had my daughter, and one thing I learned is - Never compare 2 children! They all grow and develope when they are ready. I had some babys walking at 10 months old, and others not until they were almost 2 years old! It dosn't mean there is something wrong with your child, he/she just isn't ready to yet, you do want to encourage it, but the baby will do it when he/she is ready to!

Pamela - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter is 15 months and will pull up but has no interest in standing and when you try to hold her hands and walk with her she plops down. My son didn't walk till 15 months and my other daughter was 10 months. Every child is different and I agree with evertone whos says you shouldn't be concerned until 18 months. Your baby will walk soon enough. Enjoy the phase you have now those milestones come and go so quick. :)

Kate - posted on 03/03/2010

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Wouldn't worry about it, two of my kids walked at 13 months but my middle child was just lazy and couldn't be bothered. He rolled until he was 18 months and then one day just decided to stand up and walk! He is 10 now and has never had a problem, he plays several sports and now I cannot get him to sit still! Hope this puts your mind at ease, good luck :)

Lauren - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son was 13 months when he started walking and my daughter 15 months. He'll get a move on when he's ready, but if you're still concerned you should talk to your doctor. 10 to 1 he'll tell you the same thing.

Adenika - posted on 03/02/2010

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Some little kids take a little longer to catch on, I would say if you could get him involved in one those Little Gym Classes, where he see other children his age moving around may encourage him to try, most of them scared because they don't want to fall and get him some walking shoes,Stride Rite is one of the popular places you can find those shoes. Their walking shoes range from $29.00 - $45.00. These could help him progress. If not just practice with him stand him up and hold out your arms and encourage him to come to you. He'll get it.

Caitlin - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son was 16 months when he started walking without holding on to anything. I know he could have walked sooner but boys are stubborn and will only do things when they feel its convenient for them. As stated before, you have nothing to worry about until your son is 18 months old. But until then go ahead and talk to your pediatrician so she/he is aware. Even when my entire family was telling me that my son would walk when he was ready I didnt feel better until I heard it from my son's doctor. Good luck!

Maggie - posted on 03/02/2010

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from what my mother tells me I didn't start till 15 month! I didn't pull myself onto things, i had no interest until she took me overseas and I saw some kids running and i all of a sudden started running..

Saundra - posted on 03/01/2010

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My boys were late walkers too. The first at 14 months and the second not until 18 months! I was so tired of carrying him around! I've heard that you don't have to worry as long as they walk by 18 months. If it takes longer you should talk to your doctor.

Chelsey - posted on 03/01/2010

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my eldest didn't walk until almost 16 months...every kid is different. Now at almost 3 I sometimes wish she would slow down lol

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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Kids develop at their own rate which can be frustrating and rewarding. I'd really not worry about it til he is closer to 18 mos and not pulling up or not making any progress at all.



I had a special needs child that didnt walk til he was almost 2 considering his problems was actually good, but this little brother started walking at 10 mos. they were very close together and started walking within month of eachother.

What I did was put a toy on the couch just out of reach from the floor but within his sight. Helped him to stand to get it a few times then "made" him stand on his own to get it. (I wouldn't help him to stand, I wouldn't get him the toy either and soon he started grabbing and pulling himself up. I always sat beside him) Once he started pulling up I'd move the toy just out of his reach (it became a game for him) he'd move and grab it again and I'd move it again. Once he started getting stable on his feet hubby and I (or whoever) would work together to get him to cross the room to get the toy and within a few months he was moving on his own.

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