Tyler was born 12 weekd early he hasn't started walking yet should i be concerned?

Lindsey - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Tyler is now 18 months but was born 3 momths early and he hasnt started walking yet, he can pull himself to standing but he will not stand on his own what should I do?

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Katie - posted on 03/09/2010

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i get tons of moms, and non-moms as well, asking me why my son isn't talking yet. they tell me about all these 8 month old babies who can say mama, dada, hi, baba, er whatever and when i respond by telling them Memphis (my son) hasn't yet mastered those skills yet hey look at me shocked... "He's 9 months, Katie! Do you not work with him? Soandso's kids (or "my kids") were weened of the bottle at 6 months, talking by 7 months, and walking by 9. You must not be working with him." yeah. right. so on my last trip to the Doc... even though i was terrified she would call DFS on me and report me for neglect... i asked, with tears in my eyes, what I was doing wrong that was holding my son back in his development? i play with him, read to him, feed him, work as much as you can with a baby who had an attention span and memory of a gnat.... what is wrong with me? am i a bad parent? are you going to report me?? she just laughed at me and told me that people will get more and more opinionated about how you raise your child and how they develop. everyone thinks they know better but in reality my son was perfect. healthy, happy, loved, and DEVELOPING WELL (exact words... you can quote that if you want). the fact that you are concerned is telling of how good a mommy you are and thus... if doctor isnt concerned, just because SusieQ down the street walked at 10 months or your friends son walked out of her uterus means nothing when it comes to your son.

Katie - posted on 03/09/2010

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boys typically progress slower than girls and also every baby is different. the fact that he's pulling to standing means he's on the right track. encouragement and praise is all he needs in my opinion. as long as the doc says all is well.... all is probably well. the month to month progression books and websites are really just a generalization and usually means nothing if milestones arent met "on schedual" especially for a premie. i am 23 years old and just figured out my left from my right... i was a week early. dont judge me lol

Jocelyn - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son didn't walk until he was 17 months (and he was full term) I have a friend whose child was early, and she was told to measure his milestones by the age that he would be, if he had been full term. For instance your boy is 18 months, but was three months early, so that would only make him 15 months development wise. I'm going to to say that your LO will probably be walking in the next few months :)

Tanya - posted on 03/09/2010

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my oldest didn't walk until she was 15 months old (she was born 1 month early). It takes a littler longer for premies to catch-up but he will! Give him a safe place to practice and lots of of praise (but no pressure). Push toys are good and a jump-up or jumeroo may help his leg muscles develope quicker. Don't worry soon he will be running you in circles!!

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