my one year old is lazy,he hasn't started walking yet,Why?


Elfrieda - posted on 06/22/2011




Let's not criticize her, okay? That's just how some people talk. They put down their kids in small ways when talking to other parents, because they think that their kid is so advanced in every other way that they'd better throw the other parent a bone and say something bad about their kid so the other parent doesn't get jealous. :)

Sherri - posted on 06/21/2011




Your wording really rubs me the wrong way. No one year old toddler is ever purposely lazy!!!!! They are normal toddlers that are learning things when it is right for them.

Firebird - posted on 06/21/2011




Are you serious? He's not lazy. My daughter didn't walk until 16 months. They all learn to do these things at different times.

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Kinyota, he's not lazy, he just hasn't got round to it yet!

Elfrieda, I think it IS important to comment on the wording. It's important that parents are not judgemental if their child doesn't reach some unreal expectation. Maybe it is just the way some people talk, but it's a way of talking that is judgemental.

Lucy - posted on 06/22/2011




It's very normal not to be walking at 1. My son walked at 14 months, and a friend's son not until 18 months, but to look at them now, they are no worse at it than their little friend who walked at 10 months. They all get there in their own good time :)


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Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2015




This post is pretty old but I think some people over reacted. I'm a christain stay at home mother. My family joke around ALOT! but I have used the word lazy in a joking manner. My daughter is 14 months and will not even walk holding my hand. She's very busy and just wants to play.

Elisabeth - posted on 06/22/2011




Not walking by 12 months isn't a problem so long as he is moving around in his own way whether it be crawling or doing the bum shuffle or whatever, lol.

If he is just laying there and not attempting to move at all then I would think you need some medical/physio intervention.

I've become a bad mum and no longer retain the age mine were when they did stuff, save to say my second child was sitting unaided at 4 months and walking while holding onto furniture at 5 months ... I think he just wanted to keep up with his 5 year old brother, lol!

Each child all over the world are their own little person and you really can't judge one child's abilities against another.

So long as your son is happy and healthy I wouldn't let the walking (or lack of) be an issue :-)

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He's not lazy. He's just not ready to walk. The average age is 15 months. There is no need to worry until 18 months. Don't stress. Kids pick up on our stresses.

Becky - posted on 06/22/2011




I had a friend whose son wouldn't walk and 1 he just had no interest but he also had "tight" calf muscles that needed physical therapy otherwise he wouldn't have been able to walk on his own. Speak with your physician.

Veronica - posted on 06/21/2011




Babies are not lazy, they get lazy when they start Jr. High! How could possibly think he's lazy?? He will walk when he's ready to. He will learn things when he's ready. Don't force him to do anything. Don't think that there is something wrong, because there isn't. If you feel that there is a problem, talk to your pediatrician.

Katherine - posted on 06/21/2011




Not lazy, just biding his time. It's not like one is the magic number. Everyone here covered it.

Pam - posted on 06/21/2011




My daughter didnt start walking till after she turned one. We were worried at first, but she was just normal. Just keep encouraging her and walking with her and she will catch in before you know it...then you are going to wish the walking hadnt Good luck!

Lady Heather - posted on 06/21/2011




Oh, and you make a good point Elfrieda. Late walkers do have a tendency to master walking a lot faster. Freja went from first steps to running around in a matter of a few weeks. She never lost her balance and fell over. The very first day she walked, she just stood up and strolled over to her dad. It was the funniest thing.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/21/2011




Babies aren't lazy. Sigh.

My daughter started walking at 21 months. She got around on her bum up to that point and saw no reason to stand up and walk. If anyone thinks that's lazy, you should try scooting on your ass someday. I know I'd rather walk. ha.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/21/2011




Mine was pretty cautious, too. It feels weird to have a crawling baby when babies 6 months younger are walking, but that's what happened with my son. He took his first steps at 15 months, but preferred to crawl until he was 17 months! Suddenly he started walking all the time. There is a huge range of normal here, so try not to worry.

The positive side of having a cautious walker is that you don't have to worry so much when they start going. Mine is extremely sturdy on his feet, and can keep his balance on uneven ground. He's 18 months, and has only been really walking for 3 weeks. His cousin, who is 12 months and has been walking since 10 months, still looks like his feet are getting away from him when he walks, and he has to wave his arms around like crazy to stay on top of them. My son skipped that part of walking.

Michelle - posted on 06/21/2011




My daugher army crawled until she was 14 months old! Give him time. He'll figure it out.

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The other ladies have already covered it. I got 3 early walkers (twin girls at 10.5 months, son at 9), but I didn't walk til 18 months. All normal.

Amy - posted on 06/21/2011




Anne that's so funny my daughter did the same thing! My daughter didn't crawl right until 14 months and then the next day finally let go of the furniture and started walking! He's not lazy he's a baby enjoy this time!

Anne - posted on 06/21/2011




Both of my kids started walking at 15 months. They preferred to crawl. Actually, my son didn't even crawl right, he did a butt-scoot. It was funny!

Gwen - posted on 06/21/2011




They are all different. My daughter didn't walk until she was 15 months old.

Jenni - posted on 06/21/2011




Some kids don't walk until they are 18 months. My 13 month old just started walking a little but she prefers to crawl, it's faster.
My other two were early walkers (around 10-11 months).
But babies can learn to walk anywhere between 9-18 months and it's completely normal.

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