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Do you guys get lots fo comments on how your babies wont walk on time if they are carried too much? My dd's sitter told me the other day that she should be walking by now (at 8 months) and that she was late because I held her too much. How do you guys respond to that?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you guys get lots fo comments on how your babies wont walk on time if they are carried too much? My dd's sitter told me the other day that she should be walking by now (at 8 months) and that she was late because I held her too much. How do you guys respond to that?</div>
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8 months??? Not even "What to Expect" says that. My ds is 12 mo and still not walking. I tell them that my dr and I both think he is perfectly healthy, that he'll walk when he's ready to walk. I guarantee he won't be crawling to kindergarten.
 

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hahahaha. Probably not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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What a silly thing for your sitter to say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Is she aware that there is a big age range for beginning to walk, and that the AAP suggests only being concerned if your child isn't walking by 18 months?<br><br>
I think people who are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with babywearing sometimes feel the need to say *something* to make themselves feel better about not knowing about it. And the topic of walking is just an easy target since it's obvious your child is not walking at the moment they are being held by you, so hey, they must not be able to walk, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Truthfully, wouldn't the same hold true for the kids who are constantly in strollers? They aren't out walking around, either! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
FWIW, my younger DD will be 1 the day after Christmas and has been walking for almost 2 months now. She was worn in a pouch since almost the beginning. My older daughter (26 months old) started walking the weekend of her 1st birthday, and I didn't start slinging her until around 4 months old.<br><br>
Your daughter will walk when *she* is ready, sling or no sling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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That's so silly! 8 months??!!! Hardly any babies walk that early.<br><br>
My DD was carried in a sling constantly and she walked at 9-10 months. How is that possible? :LOL<br><br>
The comment I get most of the time is, 'Is that comfortable?'
 

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I'm with everyone else here, I don't think either of my kids were walking at 8 months! They were both walking by a year and both worn in a sling a lot.
 

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Well I wear Fern quite a bit (not as much as some tho) and she was cruising at 7 months and full on walking at 9. I think being in a baby bucket or swing all the time would be far more likely to be detrimental to walking.
 

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You should help this girl out! When a baby is carried in a sling, it stimulates their brain in so many ways! I carried my son darn near everywhere and as he got to be a few months old, you could see his little head poking out of the sling and he was just taking it all in. I know his brain must have been growing in leaps and bounds as he watched the world from adult height, rather than seeing people's knees or the underside of a baby bucket canopy all day long in a stroller and getting no stimulation or interaction. He walked when he was 12.5 months old. The claim that babies who are carried don't learn to walk or do it later could only come from someone who has absolutely NO experience with babywearing - so I guess it's now your job to give the sitter a real-life example so she knows better in the future!
 

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Hi,<br>
I am one of those nerdy moms that did lots of reading and research and what I found out is baby wearing is atualy better for your babies development. One sourse.. who because of my handwriting I cant make out the webpage address said<br><br>
“A study at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons concluded that babies carried to their mother's body in the first months of life showed significant increase in bonding and emotional health over babies carried in plastic infant seats. The study evaluated two groups for security after one year. One group had been given soft baby carriers and the other group had received plastic infant seats. A year later, the findings revealed that 83% of the babies carried in the cloth carriers were "securely attached," compared to only 38% of those carried in the infant seats. In fact, the findings surprisingly revealed that babywearing was more beneficial in respect to mother-infant bonding that breastfeeding alone.”<br><br>
“Some parents may be concerned that babies who are held so much will NEVER learn to crawl or to walk on their own, but this is simply not the case. Babies who are ready to crawl and to walk are very capable of making it known. And here also is another benefit of babywearing: motion. Studies have shown that motion is associated with improved gross and fine motor development in young babies, and babywearing, by definition, involves movement."<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> your doing whats best for your baby so ignore nay sayers. after all aslong as you and your baby are happy, who cares what they say?
 

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My youngest started walking at 8.5 months. Insanely early. Believe me, when she wants to get down and walk, she lets me know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> And obviously, being worn didn't do a thing to impair her physical development.<br><br>
I'd be more worried about a babysitter who thinks that an 8 month old baby should be walking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Where is this person getting their information???
 
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