My 15 month old is not yet walking. Should we be concerned?

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Our pediatrician recommended physical therapy since she is not yet standing on her own. Money is tight and we're not sure whether to invest in this or wait it out. She walks very well with assistance. Also, any recommendations for getting her supportive shoes? Any advice would be appreciated! :)

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Elfrieda - posted on 04/10/2011

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If she's walking when you hold her hands, I don't think she needs physio. I'm not a doctor, but I've got a 15month old who just learned to take a few steps on his own. The farthest he's walked unassisted is probably 3 metres. It's the confidence thing. Some babies want to know that they can do it before they try, others learn by doing. You have a cautious baby, and that's great! Fewer ER trips!
It's best to have bare feet when learning to walk. If it's cold, get some non-slip socks for her.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/10/2011

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I would investigate to see if there are any free or reduced cost programs available in your area. We have physio through a non-profit organization in our town. They also provide us with insoles to go in her shoes because her feet roll in a bit. You never know what might be out there!

For our daughter the physio did not really affect her time frame for learning to walk - she didn't have an actual problem but just lacked confidence. If your daughter walks well with support, it is unlikely that she has a major physical issue. You might not need to see the physiotherapist much, so it is probably worth paying for if you have to!

And while I feel like a broken record because I always share this stuff on the non-walking posts, I know it made me feel better to know my kid wasn't the only one. She didn't pull up until 17 months old. In the same week she started crawling and cruising. She took her first steps at 21 months. Now she is 22 months and you can't stop her!

April - posted on 04/09/2011

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If your pediatrician thinks that physical therapy is best i think you should try it, but its entirely up to you and your partner. I heard children learn to walk on there own anywhere from 9 months to 18 months. In the mean time just keep helping her. Who knows she might just start walking a lot earlier then you think :)

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SARAH - posted on 03/17/2013

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I have just seen this post. I was so worried about my son Harrison. He was still not walking at 18 months and friends and family could not believe it and that scared, worried and made me wonder why he was not walking. At 18 1/2 months he walked over night. Walked and didn't look back. Boys are so lazy and I have learnt from having my son to be patient and they will do it in there time, they all make it in the end! x

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2013

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Hi .... Its been 2 years since you posted . When did your daughter start walking then ?
Im going through the same thing these days ...

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2011

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Wow! Thank you everyone for the advice! It certainly makes me feel better knowing that my baby's not the only one who seems to be a late walker. She does seem to make improvements each day, and we are constantly trying to walk with her, rather than carry her, which is what we've been a bit guilty of. She enjoys walking, but we just need to find a good pair of shoes for when we're out and about. Thanks again for all the great advice! So glad I joined Circle of Moms. :)

Bethan - posted on 04/11/2011

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Hi my daughter is 19 months and only started to pull herself up to standing and cruising when she was 15/16 months old, she now walks pushing her little truck or if shes holding our hand but she hasnt had the confidence to let go yet which we are working on. It did worry me that she is a lot later than my friends babys and I was going to call the health visitor but as she does a little more each day I think she wont be long, do what you think is right for you and ur baby if u are concerned but some babys are just later than others with this milestone, good luck.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/10/2011

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Bare feet are great if your kids feet are normal. My daughter's feet are not and she requires orthotics to correct her problem (both our pediatrician and our physiotherapist agree on this). I'm not saying the OP needs them, but some kids do.

Maybe it's just me, but if a pediatrician advised me to see a physiotherapist, I would try it once and probably not take the advice of a random person on the internet. Sure, it is very likely there is not a problem here, but obviously the pediatrician thought there was cause for it so that is worth considering, doctors being slightly more expert than the rest of us and all.

Ellyn - posted on 04/10/2011

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I was told by my daughter's doctor that children should be barefoot when learning to walk because it helps with their balance. That said, I have a 13.5 month old who won't stand up by herself either. She stands when we put her against the sofa, but she can't balance for herself so walking is way out of the picture. She doesn't even pull herself up. Her doctor said we'd look at it again at her 15 month appointment. If you're concerned if it's the best idea or not it doesn't hurt to get a second opinion.

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2011

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Thank you! She definitely WANTS to walk, and walks really well when we're holding her hands. She just doesn't quite seem to have the confidence yet. We will continue to encourage her and look into PT. :)

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