G.B. asks from Dallas, TX on November 20, 2008
13 Month Baby Doesn't Walk
My son is already 13 months old and still doesn't walk. My family are always walking him around the house but once they let go he sits down. He doesn't even try to take a step. He does walk by holding on to objects around him and in his walker. My mom says to just give him time. Are there any other methods to persuade him to walk.
E.C. answers from Dallas on November 23, 2008
My daughter really didn't walk until she was 14-15 months. She was more of a "talker". I did get her those push toys. They have to push those while walking. That helped build her confidence and strengthen those leg muscles. One day she just stopped crawling...
C.R. answers from Dallas on November 21, 2008
Please don't fret! My son did not walk until he was 17 months old and he really never crawled before that just did some funny looking Army crawl. He'll do it when he's ready and then, watch out! ")
D.C. answers from Dallas on November 21, 2008
My first baby walked at 9 months. My youngest at 14 months. Don't worry they all develop on their own. Easier said than done I know, but give him time to develop on his own. I've always heard the baby walks later because so many people do things for them.
C.A. answers from Dallas on November 20, 2008
My daughter didn't walk until 20 months!
They won't do it until they are ready to do it...we did play lots of games to get her comfortable being upright and to help with balance. But we didn't "do" anything to get her to walk.
Believe me, it was about to drive me NUTS!
C.T. answers from Dallas on November 20, 2008
Don't worry about it. He will walk in his own time. Neither of my sons walked until 13-15 months.
L.L. answers from Dallas on November 20, 2008
I think everyone hit on it... they develop at their own rate. There's really nothing you can do. Also, my ped gave me a hand out (and you can google this too) on how walkers can actually delay walking. YOu might skip that one for a while if you're worried. He's cruising though, so he should be fine.
Milestones are just a guideline and some hit them sooner than others. You just can't compare babies (although it's sometimes very hard). My son *ran* at 10 months but didn't talk until about 2 1/2 yrs. Oh, and he was held all the time before that so clearly holding or wearing a child will not delay them. They work on one thing and then another. My guess is your ped isn't worried so you shouldn't be as well. You might consider ditching the walker though.
N.S. answers from Dallas on November 21, 2008
Don't fret! My son didn't walk until he was 15-16 months old - he's now 8 and a straight A student. There is nothing wrong with your son - he'll walk when he is ready!!
A.A. answers from Dallas on November 21, 2008
DONT WORRY!!! I mean it! I was there about 4 months ago and wasted about 2 months worrying! My son's 1st birthday came and went, then his 13 month and I was FREAKING about how he wasnt walking. It really bothered me because my son was the older than my already walking friend's son. Sure, my kid could crawl and climb all over the place but he refused to walk. Once he learned to walk (around 14 months) he was a total pro. He rarely fell. He just did it when he KNEW he could. He is a very laid back child and I just think that he was content to crawl. Your son will be chasing you all over the house soo, trust me---Especially if he has been progressing normally at everything else.
M.F. answers from Dallas on November 20, 2008
Sounds like he's just fine. Mine walked at 17 months and 15 months. No need to push him!
C.P. answers from Dallas on November 21, 2008
Please don't worry about this. Some children are just more cautious and don't like to fall down, so they wait until they are more ready. I never really understood the silly timeline for 1 year that they are supposed to walk. I guess on average a lot do walk at that age, but really, each child is different! In fact, Albert Einstein is said to have walked at 18 months-not sure about that, but my now 5-year-old daughter didn't walk until she was 15 months and she is bright, healthy, and completely well functioning! Don't let anyone tell you there is anything wrong with a baby not walking at only 13 months old!!!!Good luck and don't rush it! Just keep encouraging him positively!
B.C. answers from Wichita Falls on November 21, 2008
My son didn't walk 'til well into the 14th month. He showed little interest in walking by himself until he just started doing it one day. Now we wonder if he is ever going to slow down - he walked on a Tuesday and RAN on that Wednesday, I swear!
It seemed like all our friends' children were walking so much sooner, but each baby is different. I know it's hard not to get antsy, but you have no reason to worry at this point. I've even heard of babies who hold out until 18 months! And I've known babies that walked at 8 months - infuriating, isn't it?
If he is walking with assistance and "surfing" while holding onto things, then you are in good shape. He is well on his way! Just enjoy that boy - you'll be straining to catch him in no time!