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My dd will be one year old on the 6th of July and has no interest in walking at all. She is terrified of trying to stand alone.

She will probably not be walking on her birthday since she has no interest and her birthday is soon.

Is this okay? Normal?

my kids are 10, 7, and 4. i'm due any day now
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there's a HUGE variation in normal for walking. i've heard anywhere from 8-16 months. 12 months is "average". my DS is almost 13 months and is juuuuuuust starting to stand alone. allegedly my DP didn't walk until 18 months! i walked at 8 months, which was early.

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Seth walked at 13 months, Madison walked at 18 months, Zachary was 14 months, and Nicholas was 15 months. It totally varies.

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My daughter was 15 months and my son was 13 months before they took their first steps. My niece was only 9 months. So, your child doesn't sound out of the norm at all for not walking by a first birthday. Walking is one of those things that kids do at really different ages, not one of those things that they should all start doing at x month.

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As PPs said, there is a wide range of normal. I had thought 8-15 too but both of mine were outside that 'normal' range. In the meantime, sit back and relax while you can still out run them. Also, I think (not sure but it makes sense to me) that the later walkers have fewer falls, ie bumps on the noggin. My dh showed no interest until the day he got up and walked.
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My son started walking at 15 months, but closer to 16 months. My MIL started walking at 7 months but she isn't a better walker than anyone else now.

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It totally depends on environment. If your baby has no "need" to walk, she's gonna take her time and make sure she is ready mentally.
In some places, babies begin walking at 4 months. In developed countries, where we have floors, and no fear of wild animals preying on them, babies tend to wait until they are mentally ready, and that can sometimes be until 18-20 months.

My baby is now 16 months and took her first steps on June 7, 2006! Then again, she had older siblings and two parents to carry her everywhere.

My first three babies were raised in the open prairie and walked at 7 months, 9 months, and 10 months.
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I think the range my doc told me was 9-18 months. My dd walked at 9 months, but that really is early by most standards.

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It totally depends on environment. If your baby has no "need" to walk, she's gonna take her time and make sure she is ready mentally.
In some places, babies begin walking at 4 months. In developed countries, where we have floors, and no fear of wild animals preying on them, babies tend to wait until they are mentally ready, and that can sometimes be until 18-20 months.

My baby is now 16 months and took her first steps on June 7, 2006! Then again, she had older siblings and two parents to carry her everywhere.

My first three babies were raised in the open prairie and walked at 7 months, 9 months, and 10 months.
Can a baby's body support themselves like that at 4 months? I just know that some can barely even sit up by themselves at that age. No snark, intended here. Genuinely curious.

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My dd walked at 10mo but ds didnt until 14mo. The only major difference I saw between the 2 is that dd was not a crawler she always pulled up to things and got around that way. My ds on the other hand crawled everywere and didnt like to pull up to things.

 
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Yeah, I heard in countries like that they are crawling at 6 weeks!

I wouldn't worry much about when your DD learns to walk. She'll do it eventually. I think it's kinda snarky when people brag about how early their DC learned to walk. It's not like they're gonna grow up to be a better walker than anyone else, lol!

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My dd started walking at 10 months, ds is 9 mo this Friday and pulls up on everything and can walk really well when I'm holding one hand...he is really determined to start walking! I always heard that it depends on what THEY are more interested in doing....my dd was more interested in walking (10 mo) but she didn't really start really talking until she was about 2yo.
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My oldest ds was 11mo and ds2 was 14mo. And the twins were, twin "a" was 13 1/2 mo and twin "b" was 14 mo. I think it varies between all kids and their personality and how determined they are to walk.
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Yeah, I heard in countries like that they are crawling at 6 weeks!

I wouldn't worry much about when your DD learns to walk. She'll do it eventually. I think it's kinda snarky when people brag about how early their DC learned to walk. It's not like they're gonna grow up to be a better walker than anyone else, lol!
what countries are these? same goes for MITB, in what cultures to babies walk at 4 months? i'd love to read something about this.

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Uganda I think? That's the one I've heard reference to.

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The WHO charts say between 7 and 18 months is "normal", and that window has error bars- showing that healthy babies fell younger and older as well!

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I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing babies are crawling at 6 weeks and walking at 4 months in undeveloped countries. Most 3rd world countries the babies are worn on their mother's back nearly 24/7-why would they need to crawl and walk so early? I have been to many 3rd world countries and I have yet to see a baby even crawling around on the ground.

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I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing babies are crawling at 6 weeks and walking at 4 months in undeveloped countries. Most 3rd world countries the babies are worn on their mother's back nearly 24/7-why would they need to crawl and walk so early? I have been to many 3rd world countries and I have yet to see a baby even crawling around on the ground.
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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.

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Thanks everyone.

I think one reason that made me even post this is everyone telling me "you mean she isn't walking YET, my (whoever) walked at 6 months old" and the storys roll on from there on how early everyone in their family walked.

In my family everyone connects early walking with how smart they will become later on. Ticks me off too.

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And that is sooo interesting and neat to think in other countries babys walk at 4 months.

my kids are 10, 7, and 4. i'm due any day now
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There's a huge difference and it all falls within normal. My son is already walking, he's 10 months, frankly I wish he wasn't, he's a danger to himself and gets into everything.

My 1st daughter walked early too, my other three didn't take steps until after their first birthdays.

In other countries, I am told, babies don't really crawl around on the ground, they are held on mama or sisters backs (I'm thinking more 3rd world countries here). I forget what the Continuum Concept said about it? I would think it is quite dangerous to be crawling around some places, but somehow these babies seem to work it out, huh?

Not sure about environment, I think personality has alot to do with it. My 11 year old, who has anxiety disorder and sensory disorder didn't walk until 13 months, mostly because she doesn't like new experiences and seemed afraid to take those steps. Now my study sample is small (5), but they have all been raised in similar conditions, but very different personalities. Some babies are laid back, and have no interest, I mean, why bother when someone is carrying you around? Heck, I wish someone would carry me around some days!!!

So, short answer, baby is fine!!!!!!!
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In my family everyone connects early walking with how smart they will become later on. Ticks me off too.
See, I always thought it was the smart child who waited... it makes sense to me .

You can tell your family that there is a family who has a whole bunch of early walkers and they are as varied in smarts as can be. Some of us - oops, I mean them - are smart at plumbing, some at lawyering, some at writing stories, some at taking care of his younger sister, some at well things that may or may not be legal....

Walking is walking and all of us figure it out. I had to laugh at PP who said her MIL walked at seven months and I imagined her walking now with a bit of an ache in her left hip .
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normal! my dd was not walking at her birthday, was walking a month later, and RUNNING the following month. ds did not walk more than two steps at a time) until a week shy of 14 months (3 weeks ago) and ran today.

all in time. i *think *they say not to worry unless they are not walking by 18 months.
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