15 mos old and not walking, what do I do?

Alma - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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he was born 2 months early, will walk along the furniture, but when you let go he sits down..what can I do? is it normal?

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Shana - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son didn't start walking till he was 15 mos old. However, he had gotten a broken leg in daycare when he was 9 mos old so he couldn't even try starting till he was almost 11 mos. But i have heard from some people that their babies didn't even start till they were 17 months old. I wouldn't worry too much as long as you are giving him encouragement.

Helen - posted on 09/01/2010

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my little man did not walk until he was 15 months but already had a vocabulary of 300 words. maybe he is a thinker rather than a doer.

Karrie - posted on 08/30/2010

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You have to remember that if he was born 2 months premature he may be two months behind on certain things. If you are really concerned about it the best thing is to talk to your pediatrician about it.

Sherre - posted on 08/30/2010

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My little girl will be 14 mo. on the 9th of Sept and she is not walking either, my oldest walked when he was 10 mo. So it is ok just give it a little more time... It will happen...I kind of don't wanna rush Aidan bc she is my 2nd and my last want her to stay little a while longer. Maybe that is selfish of me but I present the opportunity for her to walk it is there if she wants to take it... I call her lazy bones, she will have a conversation w you but will not walk by herself! Go figure!

Jodell - posted on 08/30/2010

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My little girl was almost 2 before she started to walk and then she was running very very soon after She walked around furniture for awhile too so hang in there before you know it he will be running too

Brittany - posted on 08/30/2010

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Yes it is normal my name is brittany and my son was born 2 months early and he is fifteen months and just started walking and right before he started walking he walked along the furniture me and my boyfriend set across from eatchother and let cayden pick out a toy and one of us held it and the other stood him up and he walked to the to and move further and further away eatch time....hope this helps

Abigayle - posted on 08/30/2010

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My kids, even my autistic son, all walked at 12 months so when my fourth child didn't walk at 12, 13, 14, months I was really worried. He was really late and was almost 16 or so months. The doctor had referred us already to EDIS for early detection of any problems because his speech was delayed too but they said they were only giving him services due to his brother having Autism...both kids were in speech therapy so he was learning to talk from them. We had lived in Germany on the third floor and had hard wood floors and the laundry room being four flights down I would put him in his play pen a lot...doctor said he was just lazy. As sooon as he walked he ran so I would just consult his doctor and put him in more and more in a place he can be safe to try walking...

Siobean - posted on 08/30/2010

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Nothing im afraid,my daughter was born 5wks early and didnt start walking until 18mths,i took her to see my health visitor and she said when she got to 2yrs old then they would look into it,so i stopped worrying stopped comparing her with the other neighbours tots and when she was ready she walked,and then she didnt stop,even throwing hissy fits when put in her buggy.

Susan - posted on 08/30/2010

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my daughter was born full tern (2 weeks early) she is 14 1/2 months and just really starting to walk she does it when I'm not watching through

Tarryn - posted on 08/30/2010

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I know this sounds wierd, but have a prem baby too and what i did was i put him on his tummy on a fairly large blanky, held the one side at bothg ends and pulled him along the floor, this strenghtened his tummy muscles as well as improved his balance! Within 3-4 days of doing this for 5 mins twice daily, he not only walked, he ran!!!

Kristina - posted on 08/30/2010

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Please do not worry; our daughter turned 17 months today and she is still not walking either!!! Although, I know it is difficult not to worry and/or compare our little ones to others their age, I keep reminding myself that all children learn and develop at different speeds!!! Our daughter will also "cruise" around furniture; stands on her own; walks with push toys; and will walk holding our fingers/hands; however, she is not ready to take those first steps!!! Keep encouraging your son to walk with his push toys and before you know it....he'll be walking and then watch out!!! :)

Janet - posted on 08/29/2010

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My oldest daughter we bought one of the push toys, like a grocery cart that they have to hang on a handle and walk behind.It took her alittle awhile and she was walking

Shaunaodonnell - posted on 08/28/2010

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I was born 3 months early and didn't walk until 16 mos.
My daughter was born 5 weeks early and did;nt walk until 19 1/2 months!!! But she does have bad vision and started walking right after she got her glasses !!!
She also has hypotonia (low muscle tone in her legs) so.

Alma - posted on 08/28/2010

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Thank you all for your comments. He actually started walking behinde his walking toy today. We were so happy. He does walk sometimes with us holding his hand. Guess I just jumped the gun..lol

Lynn - posted on 08/28/2010

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My son was 3 weeks early and didn't walk until he was 15 1/2 months. He is also quite tall and I've heard that bigger kids sometimes walk later. If he is able to cruise along the furniture he clearly has muscle strength in his legs, so I would not worry for a second - one day he'll get the confidence to let go and he'll be running around before you know it!

Heather - posted on 08/28/2010

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my daughter was 6 weeks early she didn't walk untill she was 17 month old she is 3 1/2 and never stops . Be patant with himn

Diane - posted on 08/28/2010

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just wait and work with him a lot..don't carry him every were or he will never walk lol

Carisa - posted on 08/28/2010

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He's not at the point where you need to worry, even if he hadn't been born early. You can hold his hands and walk with him or get him walk behind toys. My daughter was very timid when she started walking...it took her six weeks from the time she took her first steps until she was actually walking all the time. If he's walking along the furniture, he'll get it soon enough.

Jessica - posted on 08/27/2010

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its normal for some children to start walking late. do u have toys that he can walk behid? With him being born early u just have to keep working with him.. Has ur son have any ear infeactions?

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