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#1 Marina_

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

DS is 16 months and still not walking!! I read that he should be walking by 18 months!?!

He has always been a very alert and expressive baby. Crawled at 6 months, pulling him self up and cruising the furniture from 9 months but no unassited walking.

We hold his hand to walk down the hallway and out the back and he is happy for a little while then gets over it. He loves walking along the beach and will do that for quite a distance but every other time he doesnt really seem in to it.

Did you LO crawl late? Should i be concerned?

#2 missjoads1234

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:50 PM

DS1 crawled at 6 months and was cruising at 9 months. He didnt walk until 16 and half months. No its not true they should be walking by 18 months. Even up until 2 yrs old is considered normal.

#3 sne

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

My son walked at around 17 months.  He one day stood up on his own and the next day he stood up and took 3 steps.  He was a reasonably late crawler too.

#4 Mpjp is feral

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:53 PM

I've had two kids not walk until after 2 years of age - one was prem though and the other was adopted and had been living in a less than optimal environment. Neither one can be slowed down now!

If you are concerned see a pead physio - both my kids did - first for an assessment and reassurance - then for treatment to strengthen their core etc and to teach me 'tricks' to motivate them. Both my kids were seeing a paed who told me not to be an idiot and to stop worrying so I was glad I saw a physio. My premmie kid still sees the physio as he does have dyspraxia.

My child through adoption - hers was a strength but also conidence issue. At about 25 months one day she just stood and walked PERFECTLY, just like a little adult. We joked that she'd been practising in her room at night!

16 mo is well within the normal range though.

Edited by meplainjanebrain, 13 November 2012 - 12:54 PM.

#5 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:53 PM

My daughter walked at 17 months and is now doing great at gymnastics.

My son didn't walk until 19 months.

#6 Mrs Lost Wanderer

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

My DD1 walked at 22 months and DD2 has just started at 18 months. That being said, they both are very advanced in speech and other areas. If he was behind with everything I'd be worried but if he is keeping up with other milestones, I wouldn't be too concerned.

Just remember, that walking at 18 months is an average, not a deadline.

#7 sophiasmum

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

I think if he is doing all the things he should be doing at this age - pulling to standing, cruising furniture etc - which he is doing by the sounds of it, then it will happen. And it can happen quite suddenly, is my experience.

DD1 walked at 15 mths, DS at 16 mths, but DD2 was 18 mths & suddenly she just took off from holding onto a chair or table, I was taken by complete surprise because I wasn't expecting it at that moment.

#8 Marina_

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

Thank you for the reassurance  original.gif

He also isnt saying any words? He is able to follow instructions i.e come here dinner, follow mummy to the bath, time to go to sleep etc. But he isnt saying any words at all

I'm starting to think i am not doing enough to help him with his development  sad.gif

#9 Beltie

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

As you have concerns about more than one aspect of his development you should go to see your GP to talk about how to give him a boost.

Edited because I'm a slow typer and didn't see OPs second post.

Edited by Beltie, 13 November 2012 - 01:01 PM.

#10 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:58 PM

Don't worry.  

My daughter didn't want until 16 months either.  My son took his first steps yesterday at 14.5 months.

#11 LoudMuffin

Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:05 PM

2 months is a long time in and 18 month life span wink.gif it's just a guide, some will go earlier some a little later, but as others have said if in doubt check it out original.gif

#12 Carmen02

Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

my 8yr old didnt walk til he was 19mths my 2yr old DS was 18 mths and he absoutely hated holding hands and walking he just took off one day and hasnt looked back (running!)

#13 Lokum

Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:20 PM

Mine commando crawled at 7 months, and kept commando crawling until 11-12 months.

Started walking at 17+ months, after cruising for AGES. Confidence was a big issue with him.

I don't think you should be concerned at 16 months about no walking, especially as he's cruising.
No words at 16 months (at all? What about woof or quack or miao? Or Da-Da when looking at his Dad?)

Still in the range of normal, but you'd expect at least something approximating words by 18 months, and at 16 months should be making a variety of consonant sounds (like Da, ba, ga rather than just wa-ah-eh-oh).

Could ask a GP or MCHN for advice, or seek a referral, but I'd give it a couple more months. In Victoria, your 18 month MCHN checkup has a standard list of items to cross off/check, but in our area you can request a more extensive developmental screen at that appointment if you book it in advance (since the appt will take about an hour, rather than 15-20 mins.)

And if they refer for more tests/assessments/appointments - it doesn't reflect on you!

You being concerned and following up on your baby's development is your job - you can't 'make' a kid walk who's not ready.

#14 babatjie

Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:39 PM

QUOTE (jacqg @ 13/11/2012, 01:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just remember, that walking at 18 months is an average, not a deadline.

I would just caution that 18 months is NOT the average age to start walking. Although it is still perfectly normal if your child starts walking independently around that age, I would still recommend having a chat to your child health nurse or GP. I would start to get concerned if not walking by 18 months.

The average age of walking is around 12 months. According to the WHO, 99% of children are already walking between 17 and 18 months.


Not to cause you worry, but it will cause no harm to have it checked out if he doesn't start to walk in the next month or so. Some extra advice to help him along the way can only help.

#15 Starrydawn

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:21 AM

DD didn't walk till just after 16mths. She could crawl and cruise by around 7mths. Just took longer to walk unassisted.

Perfectly normal.

#16 SeaPrincess

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:30 AM

My children walked at different ages.  The earliest was DS1 at 12 months, but he would still crawl if he wanted to go quickly.  The others were later, but once they started walking, they never crawled again, even if they fell, they would get back up and walk.

I agree with pp's though - if you've got concerns, have a chat with the health nurse or GP.

Edited by shmach, 14 November 2012 - 12:35 AM.

#17 Natbub0610

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:05 AM

Oh, Puleeeese!!!

Don't worry about SHOULD!

MW @ Baby health class pointed out that kids who walked later, had better co-ordination in running.

DD1 crawled at 13 months and walked at 16 months. Last in PG on both milestones.

One of the playgroup mum's (who's dd was the eldest and hit milestones first) always questioned the slow progress ie skited about her child BUT then complained because her kids were always climbing stairs, cupboards and dangerous places and she was always worried they'd fall and hurt themselves.

The only thing I can think of to suggest is doing tummy time on the floor, and scattering toys, so DS1 might move more to get the toys.

#18 Marina_

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies. Im not going to worry about what he SHOULD be doing anymore  original.gif

#19 babatjie

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

QUOTE (Natbub0610 @ 14/11/2012, 01:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Don't worry about SHOULD!

I don't think you need to worry about should. But, milestones are there for a reason. It's to see if a child's development is on track, not delayed and not out of sync. It's not for comparisons to see whose child is the best and achieves things the fastest.

It is good to have a rough idea when a child should start sitting, crawling, walking, talking etc. so if they're not doing it, you can have it looked at. Early intervention is crucial in most cases.

#20 WildMum

Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

Just wanted to say that my DS was still commando crawling at 1yr and walked at 16m or so and DD was hands and knee crawling by 10m and walked at 18m on the dot!

DD2 currently almost 14m can not even crawl (now she has low muscle tone and some other issues so she is not "normal")

The concern is if they are NOT walking at 18m get a review to check that everything is OK and nothing is abnormal or needs physio etc.

There is a similar guidline at 8m for weight bareing. My littlest was unable to bare weight on her legs at 8m so was referred to physio to assess and that was when they made an official diagnosis of her low tone (although privately we had been following it up already)

So I would wait till 18m UNLESS you would feel better seeing someone earlier (like a child health nurse - they really do often love you to come in and have a chat anyway!) and then check.

Its like the weight curves some walk early others later I have heard of "normal" babies walking from 8m through to 28m!

#21 Isolabella

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

DS1 was crawling at 6m, pulling to stand and cruising at 9m, 4pt crawling at 10m..... didn't walk until 16.5m

DS2 was similar, except he didn't walk until 19.5m

DD didn't crawl until 10.5m, pulling to stand/cruise at 12m and walking 16.5m.

DS1 gave up crawling for PERFECT walking (ie. no stumble fall) within a 24hr period. DS2 took about 3 days (later found out he had issues with fluid in his ears). DD was about 2 days.

DS1 had less then 10 words total at 24m of age. By 3yrs was saying "Mummy I think perhaps a train may be coming soon".

DS2 had around 20 words at 24m so I thought we were going well. At 2.5yrs when he started talking more it sounded like he was talking underwater. A hearing check showed moderate hearing loss and fuild filled ears. At 5yrs we are still doing intensive speech therapy to try and 'catch him up' due to speech/language issues which have resulted from his hearing losses.

My only suggestion would be to get their hearing tested to rule that our. DS2 would follow instructions etc, so it really was not obvious. As I said I do think his 19.5m for walking may have been partially due to balance issues with fluid in his ears.

#22 Penguin78

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

Another one with a late walker! DS crawled at 9 months, then cruised and cruised and cruised!

For me, I wasn't worried as such, but I did have in my head as MOST babies walked by 18 months, that if he didn't walk by 18 months then I would see a GP/MCHN and get a referral just to rule out any problems.

My DS walked a week shy of 18 months... just one day got up and stood by himself, then took three steps. Then each day was more to within two weeks he was walking pretty much perfectly.

My advice would be to go to the 18 month check up and raise your concerns about speech and walking if he still isnt walking or talking. It doesnt hurt to get a professional opinion. Better to be told everything is normal, then waiting to long and getting behind referrals for speechies and physio.

#23 Chelsea86

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

I was stressing when DS wasn't walking at 16m too.
He walked the week after my wedding at 17.5months.

as the PP said - if you're worried bring it up at the 18month check!!

It might just come down to a confidence thing?? as I think thats why my little mans issue was.

#24 Azadel

Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:49 AM

My sister took my niece to the doctor when she wasn't walking (or cruising the furniture or standing) at 18 months, turns out she has overflexible hip joints, which can be aided though exercises but was she was told it was much better to have been picked up early.

Hopefully it's nothing but when in doubt check it out.

#25 Fabulous

Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:58 AM

DS2 first walked at 16 months and when he had a peadiatric assessment at 3 years it stated that he was mildly delayed in starting to walk.

My niece wasn't walking at 18 months and she got referred to a paediatric physio.

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