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when did your baby walk? I need inspirational stories!


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#1 Penguin78

Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

My DS is 17 months, coming on to 18 months.

While he cruised early (11months) and is a very confident cruiser, he is just not ready to walk yet.

I am not worried, though i will ask some questions at his 18 month check up just to make sure.

But i need some inspirational stories of late walkers to get me through the next months!

All the beautiful mothers group babies are walking and have been for ages, as are several of my cousins babies who were born many months after my DS!

My husband walked at 23 months oomg2.gif so i have low expectations.

Tell me though when and how your late walker started, so I can begin imagining the day for us

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ETA: Well it happened!! On the weekend, he got up to stand for the first time so that he could dance to his cousin's singing! Then not long after that he took a few steps. He has been trying to do that now since then, so I suppose he is on his way! Thanks for all the great stories and advice everyone shared... Very exciting!

Edited by Penguin78, 30 April 2012 - 10:50 AM.


#2 *mylittleprince*

Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:53 PM

DS walked at 15 months which was very late compared to my friends children. He literally walked and hasn't stopped running and is now almost 3. I would definately get an opinion from your child health nurse. DS walked two days after seeing a chiro. Is that something you would consider?

#3 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

I have been thinking of posting the same thing! original.gif

DS is 19months and not yet walking, although we are aware of development delays he has.

It feels like he will never walk, I dont mind and we see the physio for help, but even holding our hands and walking he must hold both or he drops to the ground.

Our physio recommended when holding his hands and walking with him, have our hands under his armpits instead, as when we hold his hands we are holding his weight, but by holding under his armpits he has more control, so we practice this when we can.

I will be watching this thread.

#4 Carmen02

Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

My DS is 2 days older and has only just started walking before that he showed no interest at all in cruising or walking he just wanted to crawl! Then one day he suprised me and has picked it up real fast original.gif my 7yr old DSwalked at almost 19mths they defiently only do it in their own time

#5 Bluenomi

Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

Hattie was walking at 15 months as long as you held both her hands.

A few days before 18 months she took some steps unaided and a week later was walking. Now at 2 you can't tell she walked later than other kids her age.

She was too busy learning to talk to bother with walking. She can out talk any 2 year old I've met!

#6 clementine1

Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

My first daughter crawled at 11 months and walked at 18 months.
My second daughter crawled at 9 months and walked at 21 months.
I did start getting concerned with my second daughter after 18 months and saw a paediatric physio who gave me games and exercises to encourge her to walk, and saw a paediatrician to rule out anything physical that was stopping her. But she eventually walked in her own time.
I was a late walker and it is a milestone which is genetic with a wide variation.
The "norm" is 9-18 months. It is worth getting checked out after 18 months but as your son is cruising it sounds like there is nothing in terms of muscle tone etc which is stopping him.
Hope that helps!

#7 *lightning

Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

My DS2 walked just before 18 months, I was going to speak with my CHN about it at his check up but didn't need to.

DS2 didn't look like he was going to walk anytime soon and would happily cruise furniture. When we thought it was still a few months off he just let go of the couch and took a few steps, the next week he mastered it and was chasing his siblings everywhere.

My DH didn't walk til 18 months, DS2 must take after him.

#8 sophiasmum

Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:48 PM

My DD2 didn't walk until 18 mths but we'd done a lot of physio since 13 mths for mild hypotonia (low muscle tone) to get there & she had trouble transitioning from 1 position to another (eg. crawling to sitting). But if you don't think there are any issues then I guess it will happen eventually.

#9 Penguin78

Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

I really don't think there are any issues - he sat unassisted at five months, and was just happy to stay there! Until tummy time became more appealing and he began to crawl. He also has began in the last month to use the push walker and negotiates it around the house, he even picks it up to move it around corners, you would think he would just let go! wacko.gif

But I will raise it at his 18 month check up. From what i have read 'normal' is 9 months to 18 months, but they actually don't start to 'worry' until two years, if there are no physical problems.

QUOTE (clementine1 @ 19/04/2012, 03:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did start getting concerned with my second daughter after 18 months and saw a paediatric physio who gave me games and exercises to encourge her to walk, and saw a paediatrician to rule out anything physical that was stopping her.


Thats what i plan to do too. No harm in getting the all clear, and if there are things i can do to encourage him I would like to do that. Maybe he does have issues (low muslce tone or whatever) so better to find out now.

Love the stories! Sounds like late walkers just let go and off they run!!

#10 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

DS1 was 16.5m

DS2 was 19.5m

DD was 17.5m

DS1 and DS2 were both cruising from 9m, DD cruising from 12m.

DS1 got up one day and exchanged crawling for PERFECT walking (i.e no stumble fall every few steps) in 24hrs. DD was similar.

DS2 did have a few stumble falls. At 2.5yrs we discovered he had fluid in his ears and needed grommets so I do wonder if fluid filled ears had an impact on him.



#11 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

DS1 was 16.5m

DS2 was 19.5m

DD was 17.5m

DS1 and DS2 were both cruising from 9m, DD cruising from 12m.

DS1 got up one day and exchanged crawling for PERFECT walking (i.e no stumble fall every few steps) in 24hrs. DD was similar.

DS2 did have a few stumble falls. At 2.5yrs we discovered he had fluid in his ears and needed grommets so I do wonder if fluid filled ears had an impact on him.



#12 Paddlepop

Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

My DD walked at 21 months. She crawled at 14 months.

She was cruising for ages, almost a year I think, and I think that she just didn't have the confidence to let go and walk. She is now 2y3mths and runs and walks like any other child her age. She and my DH play chasey with each other!

We eventually convinced her to walk by my DH and I sitting on the floor in her room, facing each other with a bit of a space between us. One would help her stand, and the other would call to her and hold their hands out to entice her to walk towards them. We gradually increased the distance between us. After about half an hour with many stumbles and giggles from her, she took some independent steps and was so proud of herself. I really think that she just didn't have the confidence to try it for herself. Much more fun when you can launch yourself at Mum or Dad's comfy lap on the floor!

#13 bettymm

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:06 PM

DD1 walked independently at 20 months!! (walked holding hands from 18 months)

So OP, i know exactly how you feel! I had to watch ALL the other babies in mothers group walking around for months and months wondering what on earth was wrong with my DD!!
Turns out..nothing wrong at all.  Took her to various doctors and peadeatricians..all said same thing..nothing wrong, just give her time

I can already see the difference with DD2..she is only 4 months but she actually puts weight through her legs and feet when we hold her up..DD1 didnt do this for AGES! she hated weight bearing and would just lift her feet up everyime

She finally crawled at about 13 months (bum shuffled from 10 monhts..which was quite cute, wish we took more video of it!!)  

If he has been cleared of any physical problems by the doctor, He will do it in his own time, try not to worry.



#14 LittleMissPink

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

DD1 was smack on 14 months "normal"

DD2 was 2 years 8 months before she took steps unaided. She had only been cruising for 2 months before that.

#15 froggy1

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:15 PM

I was worried about one of my children, and a childcare worker told me they don't worry unless kids aren't walking by 3!

Edited by froggy1, 19 April 2012 - 07:15 PM.


#16 Luvmy4

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:16 PM

DS 1 was 8 months ds2 was 12 months dd1 was 9 monts ds3 was 2 days of 19 months, which was the cut off point for our GP who wanted to look into things if he wasn't walking by then.
It felt like he was never going to walk but we were not worried as our Gp said it is normal.

#17 lozoodle

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:18 PM

You know my opinion of it. From what I have seen him do, he's fine and he's totally got the strength to do it, but just lacks the confidence. Plus he's such a speedy little crawler that I think that might be easier for him.

By all means go mention it to your MCHN if you are concerned, but I think that given how agile he is, and also how late DH walked, its not worth worrying over just yet original.gif

#18 Babby and Roo

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:21 PM

My DD was a late walker. Crawled at 11.5 months, pulled up at 14 months, cruised at 15 months, was taking a couple of steps at 17 months and finally started walking at 18.5 months.

My mum was in an anxious state about it all, and she was certainly the latest of other children I know, but when I spoke with the early childhood nurses they said not to worry until after 18 months. So I didn't and she got there in her own time.

Walks fine now, but still a bit hesitant with stairs at 22 months.

#19 ~Mintie~

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:28 PM

DS1 started walking at about 16 months, like you all the babies in my mother's group had started walking ages ago. When he finally started walking, there wasn't the normal wobbly walking that I had seen from the other babies. He was confident, and one day, after being so close to walking, he just did, and didn't stop! It was like he could have walked long ago, but just didn't. Now at almost 2yrs he is running and keeping up with all his friends.
Having a late walker is often a blessing in disguise I found as I was pregnant with DS2 and chasing a crawler was much easier on me than chasing a walker original.gif

#20 amesv

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

I know a few babies that haven't walked until 18 - 21months, a mix of girls and boys.

#21 HighlandPinky

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:33 PM

Our DS3 didn't walk until he was 20 months.  The biggest worry for me is that he wouldn't even put weight on his feet at all until around 18 months.  Once he started doing that, i wasn't too concerned.

He is now 4 years old, and a very healthy, active little boy.  No issues whatsoever.

#22 Cat Burglar

Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 19/04/2012, 02:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hattie was walking at 15 months as long as you held both her hands.

A few days before 18 months she took some steps unaided and a week later was walking. Now at 2 you can't tell she walked later than other kids her age.

She was too busy learning to talk to bother with walking. She can out talk any 2 year old I've met!


My friend's DS didnt walk until 18 months, but by 12 months he was saying 3 word sentences!   ohmy.gif  He is 3 now and can walk, run, climb etc just as well as any of the other kids

#23 Penguin78

Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

I am definitely not worried from what I have seen as a non professional. You know, its just so curious though hearing the stories of the late walkers cause he was showing the signs of walking early, but just not letting go.

he weight beared at like six weeks or something ridiculous.

He is a BIG talker, so I do think there might be something in the 'concentrating on talking rather then walking' theory with him.

I love the stories of when they finally take the first steps! Anticipation is almost killing me!!

#24 lady lady

Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

Hey OP - DD walked at 16 months ..... like your little one she was cruising for ages ...

I'm not sure if it has anything at all to do with her walking, but I started taking her to a big grassy oval everyday, where she would always take 2-3 steps and was happy to fall over and get back up ... it's like she thought the floor at home was going to hurt her??  

When she actually walked ( i.e about 10-15 steps) it was on the grassy oval and not at home ... after that she was fine and started walking non-stop at home ...

#25 puddina

Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

My DS didn't walk til he was 19 months old (17 months corrected) he showed no signs of wanting to walk even though he'd been crawling since 6 months and pulling himself to standing since 7-8months.
It was quite funny - one day he just upped and walked and has been doing so ever since.

Edited by puddina, 20 April 2012 - 08:40 PM.





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