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how do i encourage my 16 month old to learn to stand up on her own....she has just started walking but we have to pull her to her feet in order to get her to walk?

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Asked by eviesmummy at 9:01 AM on Nov. 30, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • 16 months is rather old for a child not to be able to get to her feet on her own. What does your pediatrician say? There could be something neurologically wrong. I would discuss this issue with your doctor as soon as possible. Better to address the issue and it be no big deal, than to ignore it and have it become a big deal later.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:07 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • she has been crusing and letting go for a long time, and can obviously pull herself up on funrniture, she is struggling to be in the middle of the rrom and just stand up and walk off, she will stand if we pull her to her feet, then she will toddle of?

    Answer by eviesmummy at 9:19 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Sit her in the middle of a room and place favorite things of hers within eyesight, a few steps away and high enough that she needs to be able to stand to reach them--but don't have anything near her that she can use as a prop to get to standing (like a chair or sofa) and don't help her. See how she manages. She could have a balance control issue which is related to the inner ear. If she's had repeated ear infections there may be a connection. If she continues to struggle with this task (getting to standing, and toddling over), I would certainly speak with your pediatrician. Like I said before, better to address the problem than to not. Hopefully it's no big deal and just her being a later walker. But if there is anything wrong, it's always better to address these things as early as possible for the best outcomes.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:26 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Talk to the doctor and make sure there isn't a problem. If there isn't a problem then put her in a baby walker to build up her leg muscles and her confidence.

    Answer by admckenzie at 11:24 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Guys.....she stood for the first time this morning!!!!!!.................Panic over!

    Answer by eviesmummy at 4:32 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

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