Not walking?

Merla - posted on 11/08/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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MY daughter is 1 year and 3 months and she is not walking yet. I keep trying everything and she just wont walk i try to put her on her feet and she bends them so they don't touch the ground..

Is this normal or should i be worried..

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Heather - posted on 11/19/2010

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My daughter did the same thing. It was more of a refusal to do it rather that not being able to. She didn't cruise furniture until she was 18 mo. and didn't walk until she was 21 months. Now she is almost 2 and is running. Enjoy it while you can!

Joslyn - posted on 11/16/2010

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I think that depends on a little more info. Does she hold her own weight on her legs if you hold her hands? Does she crawl or scoot? I have a 16 month old who is not walking yet, but she never crawled, started scooting at about 12 months, started cruising at 13 months (but that is with us propping her up to the furniture, she does not pull herself up) She walks holding one of my fingers now, and has taken 2 steps by herself. She is very different from most of her peers who have been walking since a year old. The normal range for walking is 10 months-18 months. But some walk at nine months, some walk at 20 months. If you think she cant bear her own weight then I would be concerned. Otherwise maybe she senses you trying to push the walking and is resisting (she is a toddler now!! ;) My 16 month old likes to do the opposite of what I want her to. Hope that helps.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2010

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Relax. My daughter was cruising around furniture at 10 months but didn't walk until 17 1/2 months. Each child walks in their own time - if you push her too much you may put her off it. There are theories that crawling for a longer time creates better co-ordination in the brain because it uses all 4 limbs but walking uses only 2. She will walk in her own time. Enjoy not having to chase her while you can.

Rosie - posted on 11/09/2010

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i had 2 "late" walkers, and i was like you worried with my first one. he took his first steps at 18 months, which was when my doctor told me was the last month of it being considered "normal". so don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to worry when she's walking!!

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April - posted on 12/12/2010

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My son also walked "late" I would not worry about that, however, I am not sure about not wanting her feet to touch the floor. If she feels she is being pushed, she may resist, but if that's not the case I'd talk to someone about it.

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does she crawl? cause then thats fine if she isn't walking. Our daughter was a late bloomer for crawling, and we used a non helium balloon to encourage her to chase it. Try using one of those toys that they can stand at and walk with her while she pushes it :) Also bring her aroun other kids that are around her age and that are walking :)

Diana - posted on 11/20/2010

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My son did not walk until he was 16 months old. He is now three and running all over the place! I was very worried to when he was 16 months old and his peers were seemingly all walking. She is still in the normal range and perhaps she'll start soon enough! Little guy is three now and is running all over the place!

Ursula - posted on 11/19/2010

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Doctors say it is considered to be normal until the age of 18 months. One of my kids used to bend his legs showing us that he didn't want to walk. At the age of 18 months my twins started to walk by their own (but they were premature). I think it may happen without any pressure from you, she will walk at her own time.

Brandy - posted on 11/19/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it too much... just give her plenty of opportunities to utilize those legs - play tables, chairs, anything she can 'cruise' around. All kids develop at their own pace. As long as most other things seem to be fine, I really wouldn't worry. My son, 18 1/2 months now, took his first steps to me at 17 months, and it still took another two weeks before he was taking more than three - seven at a time. lol It's a new experience for your daughter... she'll get there!

Kira - posted on 11/18/2010

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As long as she is pulling herself up on chairs or couches or cruising about the room, she will probably start walking soon. My son did that for several months before he finally took off around 15 months. And yes, every child is different and the average time to start walking is anywhere from 9 mo. to 18 mo. If she isn't pulling herself up or cruising and hasn't walked by 18 mo., I would definitely consult your doctor. Also, does your daughter have a walker or one of those boundcy swings you put in a doorway? That might help...good luck!

Cheryl - posted on 11/18/2010

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I agree that it is probably not an issue if she is crawling, reaching, pulling up some, and generally healthy. If she is really fussy, not crawling at all or doesn't like certain motions, like swinging, rocking, etc. it may be an early sign of some neurosensory issues. You can also consult a chiropractor who works with kids to ascertain her development.

Shannon - posted on 11/18/2010

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Both of my children didn't walk until they were 17 months and they are just fine. I know it's hard not to be worried but they do it when they are ready.

Jackie - posted on 11/17/2010

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honestly dont worry... all kids do it in there own time my daughter didnt walk til she was 18months and it realli normal for alot of kids to walk then....

Clare - posted on 11/16/2010

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Nothing at all to worry about, but just keep an eye also, but my son did not start walking till he was 15 months all children are different and do things in their own time just keep on doing what your doing and eventually she will walk

Julie - posted on 11/16/2010

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It sounds like a reflex may not have integrated all the way. There are people who do work that integrates these infant reflexes. Where do you live?

Roberta - posted on 11/16/2010

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Don't worry she will walk when she is ready. I got some squeeky shoes for my grand daughter and she loved them. They would squeek when she would take a step. Look them up online they wored great. My daughter did not walk until she was about 18 months. Patience is the best option at this time. Just wait until potty training.

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sometimes nothing is wrong she may just be content with you carrying her around she will get interested in it eventually.

Jenna - posted on 11/11/2010

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My first DD didn't walk until closer to two! I think she was around 20 months. People usually asked about her but she was just fine. She was extremely flexible and I think that made it harder for her to put weight on her legs.

Rani - posted on 11/10/2010

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Some one told me that the little knees are not done growing to around two. So maybe this is a good thing! Its funny how we are always going to worry, just a bit as they are so precious.

Angela - posted on 11/10/2010

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nothing to worry about. walking ranges between 9 months to 18 months. my daughter was 17 months when she started. when s/he hits 18 months and still isn't walking then see a paediatrician...s/he will then recommend some physio for your child. but i wouldn't worry yet...its normal

Tarryn - posted on 11/10/2010

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My son walked @ 13.5 months, well actually he ran!!! Here's is a tip, this is to encourage balance which is vitally important when learning to walk. Take a large blanky, put your child on his/her tummy, hold the blanky at one end with both hands and drag baby slowly along floor, they will have to use their mcore muscles to balance and this will help a lot. Try it for 1-2 mins at a time. BUT children will walk when ready, so don't stress!

Michele - posted on 11/09/2010

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My daughter did not walk until she was 20 months. She runs around now and is very quick on her feet. She has no other developmental issues. A friends husband didn't walk until he was 17 months and he eventually went to the Naval Academy. It's unrelated to intelligence. No worries.

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Is she pulling herself up to stand? is she cruising (holding onto items like a couch, and walking?) will she "walk" if you hold her hands? If she is doing any of these things, then I wouldn't worry too much. If she isn't doing any of those things, you may want to take her to see the pediatrician and they can do an physical examination and thorough diagnosis, catching any problems early on.

All that being said - my son didn't take his first steps until he was almost 18 months. However, when he finally had started walking he was very sturdy and solid, he didn't trip or fall.

Roxanne - posted on 11/08/2010

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i no its not very conforting but kids usually walk and develop in their own time, i no i didnt walk till was 17months and alot of kids r the same. your not doing anything wrong.just keep giving her gentle encouragment. Trust me, when she starts walking youll wonder y u wanted her to so bad lol

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