Should I worry if my 16-month-old son isn't walking yet?

He will cruise....but no standing on his own..and no wlaking..I dont know what i am doing wrong.....


Asked by Josiahsmommy22 at 5:43 AM on Jul. 22, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • My daughter is almost 1 and still not walking. Does he pull up on coffee tables, couches, et cetra? Does he "cruise"? Is he walking with assistance (i.e., while you hold his hand for support) yet?

    Babies mature and progress at different rates, just be patient and give him a couple more months. In my opinion, if he isn't walking in two or three more months, I would consult a doctor for a professional opinion. I'm sure it's nothing. He's just taking his time

    Answer by AvasMommy810 at 6:30 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • My little girl did not walk until she was 17-18 months old. Early intervention is the best thing you can do for your baby and you too. Take him to the doctor. He/she will reccommend if he needs therapy or not. My little girl was not sitting up at 9 mos so I know what you are going through. Take him to the doctor. It will be the best thing you do for that baby. You are not doing anything wrong.

    Answer by MadysonsMama at 6:50 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • I am a developmental therapist and I work with children and their parents. It is not unusual for a baby your child's age to not be walking yet. Some kids don't walk until 18 or 20 months old.

    The important things to look for is progress. You said he is cruising, which is a very good sign.Sit on the floor, stand him up where there's nothing to hold on to. Let go for a very quick second and then hold him. Slowly increase the time you let go. This will give him some practice and help build the confidence he needs. Once you get him standing, then you can back away very slightly so all he has to do is lean forward to get to you. As he gets comfortable with that, you slowly back further away. Eventually you will have him walking. If he's not walking, or showing improvementsin the next 3-4 months, then I would suggest talking with your child's doctor.

    Answer by romeece at 9:06 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • I was just talking about this with my sister last night. She was surprised by how soon my son walked when her didn't walk on his own until he was almost 18 months. All babies grow and do things at their own pace. I would just help him and give him as much practice as possible. Walking shoes are also really helpful. Not always the cutest shoes, but they do work and give the support they need. Good Luck!!!

    Answer by Denise859 at 9:28 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • My son is 14 months and still not walking either. But he doesn't cruise either. He can't even sit up from a laying position... I have no doubts that he will get "caught up", but I called our county's Birth to 3 program and had him evaluated. He ended up eligible for services and get physical therapy every other week to help - plus through that I get good ideas of how I can encourage him as well when it's just us. Look online for Birth to 3 / Early Intervention programs in your county. Most of the time there is a small cost if your child is eligible, but way better than if you took him in to a PT on your own and paid a deductible every time. Plus, at least here, they do all of the therapy right here in our home, so that is super-nice. Good luck to you, and try not to worry... I don't think he is too far behind if he's cruising and such...

    Answer by beccaj526 at 10:25 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • Dont be discouraged my son didnt start walk9ng untill he was almost 20 months. kids learn on thier own, and at thier own pace. I was discouraged too, but you are doing nothing wrong. it takes time. pretty soon he/ she will be walking everywhere.

    Answer by beccanichols07 at 11:02 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • Hi there...dont be discouraged. My daughter didnt walk until 18months. She just turned 19months yesterday. She didnt crawl until 15months and then started cruising right after. Like everyone is saying, kids develop differently and I know its difficult when everyone around keeps asking if he/she is walking. Just devote a few hours during each day for practice and you will see how fast they pickup

    Answer by Manubea at 11:45 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • Does he have a push-walker toy? The type the hold onto and toddle behind, not the sit down inside type. That can give him a little bit more courage and help with his balance since the piece of "furniture" he is holding onto will move with him.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:52 AM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • Don't worry. My son was 18 months before he walked completely unassisted. I even had a child development specialist come evaluate him...and she said he was fine, and would walk when he was ready.

    Answer by brandyj at 12:20 PM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • My son was took his first steps 1 week before he turned 18 months. We had taken him to Dr's and one had x-rays taken on his hips, they sent him to a specialist, only to have him tell me my son was fine and would walk when he wanted to. His other Dr. said it was a case of "Mommy does it for me, why should I?" And low and behold, he finally let go, took 2 steps and fell. He saw how excited we were, and within 30 - 45 minutes, he was walking across the room.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:37 PM on Jul. 22, 2008

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