My son does not want to walk at 18 months

Rachel - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son has been crawling around for a long time. He can get up and walk along walls and furniture and balance with one hand and if I walk with him holding his hands he can walk with just one arm. He has the balance but when i try to get him to walk with me now he justs pulls his legs up and drops to his knees and wants to crawl. He prefers to crawl and doesnt want to make that transition over to walking completly on his own. I dont know how he is going to let go and walk freely on his own, i think he may be scared. A couple times we have let go of him while standing up and he balanced on his own in one spot for about 15 seconds straight. If he realizes he is doing that he will instantly grab onto something or go back to the ground. I know he is not challanged in any way, he is a smart boy but I just wish he would start walking becuase it would make alot of things easier for both him and us. Do you have any positive instruction?

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Bethany - posted on 03/09/2010

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I wouldn't get a walker, but a trolley full of blocks or something he can push along might give him a bit more confidence. My sister has suggested to put a heavy book or a couple of phone books in it to make it run slower, so it doesn't get away from him and scare him. Charlotte gets really scared when her block trolley runs too fast.

He'll walk in his own time, he won't crawl up to the school doors I'm guessing. If you just want him to walk for your sake, then leave off. Don't be selfish. Let him develop in his own time. Kids just all of a sudden start walking and usually don't ever look back.

There are plenty of kids whose parents couldn't care less about their kid's development and they are all running around, same as everyone else, so don't be too concerned.

Vicki - posted on 03/08/2010

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My kid is the same way. He's also 18 months. We have a walker and all that, he's just stubborn. He's starting to venture out more on his own. Taking bigger steps in between the furniture, he'll walk side step style. He's taken bigger steps, but it's just a matter of waiting for him to do it. For my son he has always been stubborn. Even before birth, he decided to wait 2 weeks after D-day. He still holds that mentality. So, we're not concerned. They don't base how well your child is developing based on when they start walking, it's just a matter of when they want to venture out and try it.

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My husband didn't walk until he was 2. Yeah, it's late but he'll eventually walk. He's just taking his sweet time.

Khushbu - posted on 03/08/2010

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I would also suggest try walker or some thing that he can push and soon he will walk. I give my son walker and he love that to push.

Christy - posted on 03/05/2010

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Have you tried a walker? Also take him places where other kids are walking and running around. Peers help immensely! My friend's son didn't walk until 22 months and he's totally OK!

Sheree - posted on 03/03/2010

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I would see a dr about it just to make sure there is nothing wrong, but at the same time it is pretty normal. My husband didnt walk until well after he was 2.

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