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What Age Should My Baby Walk

My son is 15 1/2 months. He doesn't walk yet. His doctor says that if he isn't walking by 16 months, i have to bring him back to the doctor to see the developmental specialist. Hes making 3 to 4 shaky steps, but thats it. Has anyone ever had to go through this, and also does anybody know what a devolepmental specialist is ? Somebody help me. Is this normal for a 15 month old ?

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he is now 16 months and he is walking. he is getting into everything, besides the a few bloody lips and knots on his head from when he tries to run and ends up falling, its exciting to watch him walk. We didn't need a developmental specialist, he just didn't walk until he was good and ready. so thanks for all the great advice.

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My son is now 18 months. He didn't walk till he was 16 months. And I paniced(sp?) all day/everyday. But everyone told me(even docs) that if he's cruising or making an attempt to walk then he's fine. And I was told that if he reaches 18 months and isn't walking then he needs to be reevaluated. And now he's 18 months and running and trying to hop. So calm down. He'll get it. He's just not ready yet.

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My son is 20 months old and he didn't walk until he was 16 months old. I didn't think he would ever start to walk. He would cruise around the furniture, but he wouldn't even walk holding my hands. I think he just didn't want to. He has always been a stubborn child. I knew he could walk because of the cruising he just didn't want to let go. I wouldn't worry about your son. He is just taking his time and he will walk when he is ready.

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I am also 25 with a 6 yr old boy, 21/2 girl, and 8 mo. boy. My oldest walked at 14 mo. and my girl at 15, so as long as he's taking a few steps, I wouldn't really worry. I actually remember reading that 16 mo. was the average age. If he's a good crawler, he just probably sees no reason to walk to get the things he wants. That's what mine did. I wouldn't worry unless he seems to not be progressing and getting a little better each day. Try standing about 7 ft from your husband and getting him to walk back and forth to you guys. Good luck!

My little girl is almost 14 months old, and she's still not walking either. She doesn't take steps, or even stand by herself (unless she's holding on to something). She walks if we hold her hands and kind of "pull" her along & she cruises down the couch. She sees a Pediatric Neurologist for seizures, and her Neurologist says that the cut-off is 18 months for walking. So don't worry :) Also, my mom told me that I didn't walk until sometime after 15 months, so I'm not as worried. You also may want to think about your child's height/weight. My daughter is taller than average (she's been over 100% on height since 3 months old), so I think that is keeping her from walking. If your child has some extra weight, it may be making him off-balance when taking steps, he just has to learn how to balance himself. I also heard that walkers keep babies from walking as early as others, so we took the walker away from my daughter about 3 months ago (she was too tall for it anyways).

Hi My names C.. I have a 2 year old little girl. She started taking tiny steps every once in a while at 13 months. but didnt actually walk alone until she was the same age as your child. Its normal. Since your child is taking little steps I think he will be fine. It may be that hes scared because she was. Thas what took her so long. If he doesnt have one already get him a little push toy. Thats what I used with her and she loved it because at the same time she was playing she was learning to walk!! GOOD LUCK

It sounds like you already know the answer to your question - the doctor answered it. You're doctor is concerned about your son's development, but that may not mean a whole lot. The fact that he is taking steps says that his muscles are capable of walking, he may just not have the motivation to do so, or maybe the coordination. Especially with a 6 year old in the house! I know my 6 year old would LOVE to have a baby in the house just so he could do everything for that child! It's a possibility that the baby may not "want" anything long enough to walk to it because the 6 year old gets it for him. There's also a possibility that your 15 month old is just not ready to walk yet, and that's okay. Everyone develops at different stages at different ages.

My daughter didn't walk until she was at least 18 months old and it was totally normal. She was just hesitant. As long as your son seems to be progressing; pulling up, creeping and standing, I wouldn't worry about it. He'll be walking soon enough.

My son is now 18 months. He didn't walk till he was 16 months. And I paniced(sp?) all day/everyday. But everyone told me(even docs) that if he's cruising or making an attempt to walk then he's fine. And I was told that if he reaches 18 months and isn't walking then he needs to be reevaluated. And now he's 18 months and running and trying to hop. So calm down. He'll get it. He's just not ready yet.

As everyone has said this could be possibly normal for him. I work in physical therapy which is absolutely necessary for certain disorders. A developmental specialist or developmental pediatrician is a dr who specializes in the identification/diagnosing developmental disorders that affect the growth or development of a child. If your childs pediatritian feels that that one is necessary you may want to discuss if it is only the walking delay or if there are other things they are seeing that have him/her concerned. And above all if they recommend going to see one it never hurts to have a delay ruled out. There very well may be nothing wrong but it never hurts to have him looked at. With most developmental disorders, the earlier they are diagnosed the better off the child is because they can receive intervention that would give them the chance to improve before it cant be changed or improved.

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