Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies
It totally depends on environment.
I respectfully disagree. I think environment can impact age of walking up to a point, but I don't think it is *the* determining factor. Each baby has his or her own timetable based on all kinds of factors, most having little or nothing to do with environment. Things like genetics, areas of interest (some kids are less movement oriented, for example), learning style (some kids like to observe a lot before they try something, etc.), the maturation of the vestibular system that controls balance, and so forth. Even if there are socities in which children, as a group, walk earlier rather than later, there is likely still a wide range of typical ages to start walking.
To the original poster, if your baby is terrified of standing on her own (mine was also at that age), she probably has not yet developed her sense of balance. It would be very scary to have nothing to hold onto if you aren't balanced. Her balance will come in time. It's totally normal.
My ds started taking the occassional step and later short series of steps on his own not long after he turned a year, but he didn't *really* start walking until after he turned 14 months, and even now at almost 14.5 months he still only walks about 35-50% of the time and often prefers to crawl (and while walking, does sometimes fall because of loss of balance).
He sees a developmental specialist due to developmental delays, but his specialist says this is *not* one of his areas of delays. She says 9-12 months is the early end of average. 13 months is a very common age for walking, but some still wait longer. For my ds it is largely an issue of balance. When he walks, more than other kids his age, he holds his arms out in a balancing position. He also is on the larger side, so has more weight to deal with in learning how to move (and he has low muscle tone, but that is a different matter).
We know several other seemingly typical and healthy kids around his age who aren't walking. In fact, of the kids about his age, we only know one who is walking (the petite little guy is 11 months and started walking a month ago). One kid is 13 months and isn't all that interested. Another kid is 16 months and quite large for her age...plus, her parents both walked on the later end.
Give it time.