16 month old still not walking on own. Advice? Anyone else the same?

Angela - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am the mother of a 5 year old and a 16 month old. My 5 year old walked prior to 1 yr old,but my 16 month old does not seem to want to do so. He will cruise around furniture and walk with our hands hanging on to one or two of his, but he will not venture on his own for a step. The odd time we have seen him stand up, but when he realizes he is, he goes in a complete pike position to go down to all fours again. Anyone else in the same boat? He just started at the daycare, versus an in home atmosphere, so I'm hoping the other kids will rub off on him!

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Jessy - posted on 11/30/2010

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my daughter was a late walker... She was a very "careful" child and I think it was she simply wasn't ready. She is also pretty small... so we think that has something to do with it too. I have always read that as long as your son is attempting to be mobile, then he is ok. If you are really worried, you could ask his doctor. They will probably tell you the same thing. As long as he is showing interest, and he is cruising, then he will when he is ready.

Sandra - posted on 11/28/2010

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Your little guy is probably just fine and is developing at his own pace. But, were I in your shoes, I'd probably be checking in with my pediatrician's office just to run this by them and see what, if any, advice they may have. Best of luck!

Lady Heather - posted on 11/27/2010

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I'm not in the same boat, but it's similar. My daughter just started pulling up and cruising - at 17 months old! When she hadn't crawled at a year we got help from a physiotherapist who assured us there was no physical problem. Some little ones just take a while to come around to the idea of it. If he is cruising, I'm quite sure it's just a confidence issue. Keep him on his feet a lot and give him lots of encouragement and I'm sure he'll take those steps soon! Personally, we are hoping for Christmas day first steps in our house. hehe.

Angela - posted on 11/27/2010

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It's funny; now my little guy is now almost 26 months old. I didn't need to worry too much, as it came along by maybe 19 months and now I can't slow him down. He is a bit more of a cautious boy though certainly than his older brother...maybe that is a good thing :)

Erin - posted on 11/26/2010

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I wouldn't worry all babies develope at there own time.. My son is 13 months he cruise around furniture as well ... walks holding our hands he has let go a few times... and he is trying to club on the furniture... but i just prays him and tell him how proud I am of him... He will do it at his own time.. he may not have developed confidance yet.. give him time.

Jessica - posted on 02/08/2010

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I'm not a specialist, but it sounds like he doesn't have the self confidence to move on his own. He may just be a bit freaked out, kind of like if we were to suddenly expected to move around on a unicycle with nothing to support us. Cheer him on when he stands up and reach your hands out to him a couple inches away from where he can reach you. If he starts to go into a pike or gets nervous, hold one or both hands until he's sturdy again, praise him for standing up like a big boy and see if you can let go to those few inches away from him again. Keep cheering him on, let him know you're his biggest fan and how great it is to walk like a big boy. He may be just developing in other ways right now. Do you do exercises with his legs like the bicycle movements while he's on his back or other things to strengthen his legs? Keep him walking with help and encourage him to come to you or his favorite toy when he's in a mood to be up and moving (like when he's already perusing around your furniture).



Good Luck!

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