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Are all your babes walking?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Elliott will be 15 months tomorrow and doesn't really walk yet. He can take two or three steps unassisted but would much rather crawl. I'm not too eager to push the walking since I know that will add a whole new element of fun to our lives, but the grandmothers are getting anxious.
post #2 of 14
No walking here yet either. L is 15 months and loves to crawl, climb, and cruise. I am happy he is taking his time! Other people's concerns and curiosity are, as always, sometimes hard to take. It seems that early walking has become the norm in many people's minds. I believe this has to do with the value Western Society places on what is perceived as independent behaviour.
I say take your time if you want it baby, there are many steps ahead! smile.gif
Edited by bruna - 8/31/13 at 10:14pm
post #3 of 14

My DD is 16.5 months and just started really walking more than 2-3 steps unassisted within the last week to 10 days. My DS was the same way. Tell grandmas there is nothing to worry about. There is no "right" time to start walking. I mean if your kid was 2 and couldn't walk yet, Id say hmmm  I think there is a problem here, but 15 months? No way!!

post #4 of 14

I've got a 14 month old and no unassisted steps at all. She won't really even stand unassisted. She cruises and walks all the time holding my hand, but has absolutely no desire to walk by herself. The funny part is that she is such a daredevil with everything else! She climbs and pulls the most acrobatic moves to get up on high things and crazy stuff. Naturally, we thought she would be an early walker because she has no fear of anything, but no walking. She has also been worn from day one and still is regularly, so she is used to her mode of transportation being my back or arms! I wonder why she doesn't care to walk?!?

 

I agree, it's hard to keep pushing people off and convincing everyone this is normal. I continue my rant, every time someone asks and keep saying, I think it's great she's not walking yet as I know I'm not ready...but I'm starting to not believe myself. It's nice to hear others feeling the same way. 

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yup, it's crazy because E climbs on every thing. He climbed up a five foot ladder this week!

I have noticed that if I put on music he'll stand right up and start bouncing. I'm sure he's trying to dance which comes as no surprise since he spends a lot of time at the dance studio. I figure a year from now when he's running around in circles no one will care when he started walking.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yup, it's crazy because E climbs on every thing. He climbed up a five foot ladder this week!

I have noticed that if I put on music he'll stand right up and start bouncing. I'm sure he's trying to dance which comes as no surprise since he spends a lot of time at the dance studio. I figure a year from now when he's running around in circles no one will care when he started walking.
post #7 of 14
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Argh... stupid phone. Sorry for the double post.
post #8 of 14

DS is 14 months, and he started walking at 11 months. He's kind of a chunker, so he toddles a lot, which is adorable. It's taken him a long while to feel confident walking more than short distances or in public. My first DD, now 12 years, didn't start until 14 months. My boy is very independent, and that's completely natural for him. He's still very attached to me, and I'm very happy about that. But he is such an explorer, I can't hold him back. He's exhausting. :)

post #9 of 14

Hi, my DS started walking at 11 months.  Now at 14 months he still toddles a great deal.  Every baby is different and sounds like yours is doing very well.  My sister didn't walk until 16 months and she is doing great!  It was a challenge for my mom though as baby brother showed up when baby sister was 15 months - she had two babies that didn't walk.  My mom shared that she had many comments about my sister's 'late' walking and they were quite hurtful.  Try to let those comments in one ear and out the other.

post #10 of 14

My kids all walked at different times - one as early as 10 months and another not until she was 16 months. Grandmas will worry but please don't worry about it yourself. Elliot will walk when he's ready. :) 

post #11 of 14

My son is 13.5 months. He just started taking a few steps here and there and is also a huge crawler & climber. My other kids walked between 15 & 20 months so for my kids he is on the early side.

post #12 of 14

Mlog, does Elliott do a lot of walking with support? Like, holding onto the coffee table and walking? If not, I still wouldn't worry about it but I find that to often be the biggest first step before they go solo. :D And they can cruise walk for some time before that.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies mamas!

 

Elliott does do a lot of walking with support.  He's been cruising since before he turned 1.  He's always been a very cautious babe.  He likes to study people and things before he interacts with them.  Even though he is a crazy climber he is careful about it.  This is great because I don't feel like I have to hover right on top of him to keep him from getting hurt.  That's is not to say that he doesn't ever get hurt, but it's pretty rare that he takes a nose dive.  We're just biding our time and enjoying the adorable crawling (he crawls like an orangutang - another source of concern for MIL, but that's a whole different story) while it lasts. :o

post #14 of 14

DS started walking a week after his first birthday. He really didn't do more than one or two episodes of walking between arms or anything before he just up and walked probably 5 feet on his own one day, and he's been at it ever since. So your little guy may surprise you and just take off one day.

 

If you need the family off your back, just tell them the AAP says not to worry about not walking till 18 months and/or mind their own business. ;)

 

I had a bunch of people tell me that I shouldn't wish for DS to walk because then he'd be into all kinds of things. But since he'd been pulling up since shortly after learning to crawl (around 8 months), walking didn't really enable him to get into anything he hadn't gotten into before! On the other hand, he's becoming more dextrous and taller all the time, and THAT has lead to some fun messes.

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