not walking yet

Heather - posted on 08/03/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 17 months old and he refuses to walk!! He cruises along the furniture at lightning speed, but as soon as he gets to the end of it, its down on all fours and away he goes!! My husband thinks it has something to do with the fact that he had club feet when he was born, but since his feet have been correected, I dont believe thats the case. I think he is just stubborn. His left foot turns in slightly but he can get/keep it straight, and it doesnt stop him from cruising which i think it would if it was any kind of issue. When hes at the end of the couch I call him to come to me and hold out my arms, being just out of reach, and he cries and gets mad-he wont do it!! has anyone had this happen?? Any suggestions?? anyone else's kids late walkers?? Thanks!!

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Erin - posted on 08/12/2010

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My mother loves telling the story of my older brother and how he refused to walk. He crawled forever, in fact if I remember the story right I was ready to arrive anyminute and he's nearly 2 years older than me, and then one day our great grandpa walked out of the kitchen and Josh decided it would take too long to crawl to him, so he got up and ran to him. At least that's the way my mother tells it. My daughter could walk from before she was a year, but only would do it if she got distracted and didn't realize she wasn't holding on to anything. Take heart, he may just be biding his time and will take off running.

Krissy - posted on 08/12/2010

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i agree with everyone here my son walked at 12/1/2 months and my girl has just turned 13 months and only about 2/1/2-3 weeks before that she learnt how to stand she seems to be trying to tumble turn before she wants to walk!! she trys to cruse but her legs arnt strong enough and the buckle under her im not worried as i am enjoying having a 4/1/2 yr old running every direction and not having a 13 month old walking . its also gaining the confidence as well and yes they tend not to do it if you want them to try not to push him as it'll only make him want to not do it - he'll do it when your not looking and that'll be the end of worrying:)

Nicole - posted on 08/11/2010

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My first two daughters where walking by their first birthday, but my third took forever it seemed to walk. She was talking by six months and didn't seem to have any medical or physical problems, but she didn't sit up unassisted until 9 months...wasn't crawling until around 11 months...didn't stand until around 14 months and wasn't walking until 18 months. I was really worried because the other two had no problem with any of these things. My other two were also above average in height and average weight while my youngest was born the biggest of all ( 21" and 9lbs 8oz), but ended up in the 25% for weight and height after the first couple months. It seemed like she just wasn't interested in trying. As soon as she started walking, though, it seemed like she just started catching up quickly. She'll be 2 in about a week and she's always on the move. Now the only time she sits is when she's tired! LOL. I would just give it some more time and continue encouraging him. Kids have there own time tables and will do things when they're ready. If you're still concerned you can talk to the pediatrician for options, too. Don't worry, he'll be walking when he's ready!

SooNie - posted on 08/10/2010

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Got the same issue! My son is 17.5 months and hasn't walked. same thing, just refuses and just drops down to his 4s. He's got the balance but just very cautious. I'm not too worried. Just like what someone said, once they walk, they learn to run quicker (w/ less falls) than a child who's much younger. I wouldn't worry about club feet! Have him walk with soft shoes or no shoes around the house!

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2010

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My little boy walked at 17 months, one day he just let go of the coffee table and just walked across the room, he was running within 3 weeks of walking!! He can be quite stubborn and I am learning that he will do things when he is good and ready!! All kids are different.

Cassandra - posted on 08/09/2010

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My son is also 17 mths and not walking just help them out thats all wat i do with my son it will happen

Holly - posted on 08/09/2010

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He is just not ready yet. He probably has the ability just not the confidence. He will do it when he feels he is able and then you will wish he was still cruising.

Leona - posted on 08/09/2010

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My son was the exact same and there was nothing wrong with his feet! He didn't walk until he was nearly 19 months. I wouldn't worry about it - all kids are different. He'll walk when he's good and ready. One advantage of late walkers, is that they tend to be steadier when they do get going, and have fewer tumbles.

Tania - posted on 08/08/2010

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My daughter was 16 months when she started walking and literally from that day on the Pram was a no go area. He will walk when he is ready, will he walk while holding your hand for support?

Rebecca - posted on 08/07/2010

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i have the same issue - my son is 15 months old today and bum shuffles instead of crawling. He cruises the furniture and has taken a few steps on his own - but then he freaks out and bends in half - plops back on his butt! not worried - just sometimes wish he could walk when we do stuff outside in garden, park and beach - his pants get so muddy! your little one will do it when ready. dont worry about it. :)

Danielle - posted on 08/04/2010

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I was in the same boat a few months ago. I believe its true boys are a little bit more slower on walking, talking and potty training. My son is 20 months old and started walking at 17 months. I would do alot of ab workouts with him. To strengthen his muscles. My son was stubborn and now trying to get him to talk and potty training. Hang in there. He will walk!!

Crystal - posted on 08/04/2010

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I have 3 kids, two of which walked shortley after first birthdays but my third.... well she actually only rolled over once or twice, never crawled and took forever to walk. Of course after lots of doctor's visits thinking something had to be wrong she did it. When you least expect it, it will happen. They will do it when they are ready and not before!!

Jen - posted on 08/04/2010

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my son walked at 16 months we had the kids flm on n we were both on the floor with our legs open n our son was in the middle we was watching the film n he suddley starting taking steps he wouldnt do it wen we was watching so we had to look like we was not intreasted

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