Is This Normal? 9-Month Old Is Walking...

Updated on August 21, 2008
J.N. asks from San Diego, CA
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My 9-month old is walking. Not cruising, honest-to-god walking. Is this normal? There's not much I can do to stop him, but he's walking, crawling up onto tables and chairs and actually getting himself down... Like I said, I can't stop him from doing it, but are any other mom's out there who's kids just up and starting walking this early (is this early?)

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Thanks to everyone who responded! It really put my mind at ease, because when I was telling my friends and co-workers, they all looked at me funny and said things like "isn't that early?", so I was stressin (easily done when you're a new mom). Now I just have to figure out how to keep him from pulling furniture on top of himself...

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S.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Yes, my son started walking at around 9 months which I thought was early until his cousin walked at 7 months!! Yes, 7 months old. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't believe it. It's totally normal. Now he can focus on other things.

Best of Luck.

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V.B.

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My little girl started walking and TALKING around 8 1/2 months!! It was strange.....she just seemed to little to be walking and talking, she pretty much skipped baby talk! LOL!

You have a smart one on your hands.....enjoy the ride! LOL!

Peace~Love~Light
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D.W.

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Little dude is going to need a sport.

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

no its normal. my daughter was cruising at 6 months and walking by 9 but not as well as your baby. i wouldnt worry about it too much i would just work on keeping him safe from falling.

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M.L.

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Yes it is. My oldest daughter started walking 2 weeks before she turned 9 mos. So at 8 mos really. She started talking very early too. You may have the same situation on your hands and I found it to be very nice. Just enjoy and watch the other achievements come.

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M.S.

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My daughter walked at 14mos, my son 9 months and 2 weeks. They are all different.

Enjoy!
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L.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Relax and enjoy (as much as possible) your son's early achievement! Really there is not a set age when kids are supposed to things but rather broad spectrums. It's something doctors don't tell us for some reason though. Anyhow it's totally normal for him to up and walking this early. The range for kids to begin walking is 9-14 months. Your little guy is just active and ready to get moving. My friend's little girl was the same way, she was walking by nine months and is always on the go.

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M.P.

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Several of my friends have had children who walk by 9 months. It is a bit on the early side, but that's how we get averages...some walk a little early and some take a bit longer. It's just where your baby is developmentally. They are who they are, right? :)

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D.B.

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totally normal! not to worry

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R.M.

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Mine was the same way, started walking at 9 months old. It just doesn't even look possible, does it? I thought it was hilarious yet frightening at the same time. My first was more cautious and held on to the furniture for a long time before he took off, and my second is just my little Evel Knievel! He never cared to hold onto the furniture. As soon as he figured out how to stand on his own, he took off. There isn't much you can do to stop them. Just get out the safety supplies and the gates, and good luck with your little adventurer!

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N.J.

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Yep its normal. Mine walked at 10 months and was quickly into EVERYTHING. He'll probably be climbing on everything too, so babyproof like crazy.

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A.L.

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I was an early walker at 9 months... I had a coworker who claimed that all her kids started walking before 7 months. She couldn't believe it when her 6-month-old started taking steps! I guess the kid was in the paper and everything because it's such a rare thing to walk at that age.

I was lucky... my daughter didn't walk until 14 months. It's nice when you don't have to worry about them getting into as much, but you gotta take what you get!

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M.S.

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Completely normal. My second started walking at 9 1/2 months and was running by 10. I have a friend whose daughter walked at 8 1/2 months. Get out the babyproofing supplies!

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S.A.

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Yes, my son started walking at around 9 months which I thought was early until his cousin walked at 7 months!! Yes, 7 months old. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't believe it. It's totally normal. Now he can focus on other things.

Best of Luck.

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B.B.

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My daughter walked at 10 months. and i have heard of children walking as early as 7 months. crazy as it sounds it is normal. It just means that your baby is developing faster than others.
Just baby proof everything, you all will be fine. :O)
Good luck and have fun with it.

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