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I've noticed that our 20 month DD (who was a "late" walker at around 16.5 months, but who is now running with ease) always leads with her right foot when going up stairs. So, instead of alternating feet up stairs she takes one step at a time, stopping to lead with the right. She does the same if she's scrambling up the stairs on hands and knees - always starting with the right.<br><br>
I tried to "force" her to use the left foot today by holding her right foot with my hand and she stepped up easily, maybe a teeny bit shakily, with her left. But now I'm all concerned that there's something amiss in her locomotion. Like I said earlier, she was a late walker, and was a butt-scooter so not really a crawler (though she did crawl up the stairs a few months before walking.) However, I have seen her crawl on hands and knees since she started walking, albeit not often. She certainly crosses the midline, and has for a long long time. And, also like I said, she runs like a champ these days.<br><br>
Should I talk to my ped about this or is it just one of those development things. By the way, he was not concerned about the late-side walking (although if she hadn't walked by 18 months we would have probably called in EI) because she was talking so early and was ahead or on time with other developmental milestones. My gut tells me it's just one of those things...but, I like to check in with you all to see if that's just wishful thinking.<br><br>
Any thoughts? Thanks for any advice.<br><br>
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My ds leads with the same foot on the stairs too. If it helps any, our ND shared that most toddlers even out with development. Some talk early, some walk early, some jump before others..... Hope you reveive more replies that help.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My DD did the same thing, I think it is normal until they can manage to go up the stairs one at a time. BTW I always start off on the right foot also.<br>
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Watch most adults, and you'll see that they always lead with the same foot when starting to go up stairs. I know I do-- I'm right-footed! I think it's normal for all of us to prefer one foot. Therefore I think it's probably just fine, and that your gut is telling you the truth! It can't hurt to mention it to the pediatrician at some point if you're really worried, but really it sounds just fine to me.
 

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my dd has low muscle tone, was a butt scooter, & always leads with her left foot. she's right-handed. we worked with her PT & kept encouraging using her right foot on stairs. now, she's starting to lead with her right, which makes more sense, matching the dominant hand.<br><br>
if she's meeting her milestones (16.5 months is not very late for walking) in general, then she probably is just using her dominant hand/leg. I'd go with your gut. watch her in other activities- does she seem to not use the left leg as much as the right overall? does she seem weaker on that side? she's still plenty young enough to encourage crawling activities for fun & to help develop strength if you think she needs it.<br><br>
good luck!!!
 

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I agree with PPs. Plus, if you think about it, she's alternating her feet. I mean, the way she's walking up steps is *more* like what she'll be doing when she's tall enough to comfortably put one foot on each step. If she were to do it like this now:<br><br>
Step one: right foot, left foot<br>
Step two: left foot, right foot<br>
Step three: right foot, left foot<br><br>
then that would be equivalent to this, in one-foot-per-step terms:<br><br>
Step one: right foot<br>
Step two: left foot<br>
Step three: left foot<br>
Step four: right foot<br>
Step five: right foot<br><br>
which doesn't make much sense.<br><br>
Oh, and when I took ds in for a check-up recently, the dr's office gave me their usual little developmental checklist to fill out. They didn't have a 2 1/2 year old one, so they gave me the 3 year old version. One of the things on it was "walks up stairs alternating feet (with one foot on each step)." So, milestone-wise, it doesn't start to be an issue until 3. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Are her legs long enough in relation to the steps? My son does both but our apartments' stairwell has wider steps and he has short legs.
 

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Yah, this is developmentally appropriate for a 20 month old. Kids don't start alternating on stairs until later, typically. Using her dominant foot excusively is typical as well.
 
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