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Almost 15 months and not walking

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88keys Thu 27-Nov-14 12:29:57

Hello there, my daughter is almost 15 months and not walking on her own yet. She took some steps on her own around a month ago, but since then has insisted on holding someone's hand or finger while she walks. Should I be worried? She has also stopped standing on her own (she was doing this for a while too).

Lweji Thu 27-Nov-14 12:31:53

AFAIK it's still within the normal range. I think some children are almost 18 months by the time they start walking. But if you are concerned, as she started but then stopped, do talk to the HV or GP.
Is she talking much?

Heels99 Thu 27-Nov-14 12:31:54

My dd didn't walk at that age, Neither could she sit up unaided. My nephew couldn't walk at that age. Completely normal. Don't worry about it!

northernmummeh Thu 27-Nov-14 12:32:30

I wouldn't be worried, she can obviously weight bare if she is willing to hold onto someone's hand to walk. It's obviously just a confidence thing, so bare with her.

Dd was 22 months till she started walking but at 18 months she couldn't pull up or roll or weight bare so we were referred to physio with her

MissHJ Thu 27-Nov-14 12:35:08

I was not walking until I was 18 months, and my son is 15 months and literally only just started walking properly. Every baby is different so I would not worry.

Could you talk to a HV about your concerns?

butterbeerfloat Thu 27-Nov-14 12:46:27

My niece was just the same, only walking if you hold her hands or she's holding onto the sofa edge etc. She took the plunge at 15 months, and now races around the place at 2 years old smile

excited99 Thu 27-Nov-14 12:47:43

Both my children started walking at 15 months and within a couple of weeks were running, I wouldn't worry too much.

farendofafart Thu 27-Nov-14 12:49:51

My DDs were both late walkers - one at 17 months, the other at 19 months. They are totally fine.

88keys Thu 27-Nov-14 12:51:51

She's saying a few words (dada, teddy, bread, cheese, dog). Thanks for the reassurances. I may see how it goes and then take her to the HV.

hairygodmother Thu 27-Nov-14 12:56:58

Both my two started walking around 15 months and it didn't seem abnormal at the time that I can remember. My niece didn't start walking till 17 months as she had a very efficient bum shuffle so had no need to stand! Sounds perfectly ok, I wouldn't worry.

onedogatoddlerandababy Thu 27-Nov-14 13:00:12

Have a google but I think from 9-22 months is the accepted norm for starting to walk

Cleio Thu 27-Nov-14 13:02:55

My DD1 started walking at 16 months. I think her little sister, now nearly 14 months, will be walking any day now.

My sister and her oldest DD both didn't walk until about two.

My friend couldn't even sit up unaided until nearly two and runs marathons now.

I don't think you have to worry smile

Gatekeeper Thu 27-Nov-14 13:04:49

both my ds and dd walked at exactly 16 months and two weeks...almost to the day! Prior to that dd did the commando crawl and ds bounced round on his backside

Bowlersarm Thu 27-Nov-14 13:09:20

My DS1 was 16 months when he started walking. At 18 he is now a paid sportsman! Do not worry, if all else seems fine.

Lweji Thu 27-Nov-14 14:52:02

I asked about her speech because often children will develop different skills at different times, not all at the same time.
My DS started walking just short of 10 months (checked recently) but only really started saying words (except mama) by 18 months or so.

Mrsgrumble Thu 27-Nov-14 14:54:12

My DS is the exact same age and cannot walk or even attempt a step, I'm not worried at all

They will do it at their own pace

ChangedToday Thu 27-Nov-14 14:59:12

Don't worry you're well within the average.

DD1 bum shuffled at great speed till about 18 months. She could get everywhere and had her hands free and a good reach from sitting, so there was no incentive to get on from that. She never rolled over or crawled either. I was not worried. then one day she finally made a move and was walking within about 2 weeks. DD2 was crawling and walking much much earlier. Both wore bulky cloth nappies so those made no difference! Some ppl had suggested that they were an impediment when DD1 was not getting on with walking.

cavkc Thu 27-Nov-14 15:02:55

My ds didn't start walking until he was 18 months old.

He never even crawled

You can't wait for them it get going then wish they stayed where you have put them lol

MiaowTheCat Fri 28-Nov-14 15:42:22

DD1 walked toward the end of month 18, she seemed to do the language thing first and then walk- but she is very much a creature who wouldn't commit to trying something until she had it all ironed out in her mind how to do something well first time round (she's quite like me in that regard).

Dd2 walked around 10 months and is only really getting talking now at 19/20 months but is much more of a risk taker and will throw herself at something until it sticks (or she ends up in a and e trying).

I shall let you work out which had caused the most grey hairs!

mrstowers Wed 03-Dec-14 19:59:08

I could have written this a few months ago. I have got to admit that I was getting really worried and couldn't actually envisage DD ever walking unaided. I scoured the internet for similar stories and any advice. She could walk but she just would not let go of our hand or finger. Then one day when she was 17 months she just did it. I do think it was a confidence thing and nothing to do with ability. It was almost as if she was over thinking things and was being overly cautious and had convinced herself that she would fall. As she could walk all the time when she did finally let go she was just walking around normally like she'd been doing it for months. Her favourite thing to do now is running and jumping.

And interestingly her speech is way way above that of children of similar age.

fasterthanthewind Wed 03-Dec-14 20:16:06

DS1 didn't acknowledge his legs until he was about 15m: if you held him up, he'd lift his feet off the floor. No weight bearing. Rolled briefly at 4m, and then never again. So at 15m, if he was lying on his back, that was where he was; if he was sitting and someone bumped into him, he'd fall over and couldn't sit up again. Bum-shuffled happily around (pulling himself with his arms - no leg action).

Sent to urgent paeds as hosp, as GP and HV fussed (at about 13m), who said yes, bit odd that he won't weight bear, but no signs that anything hurt him/was out of place, and to come back if he wasn't walking at 18m.

As it happened, he wasn't, but he was cruising by then, and at just short of 19m walked across the playground as if he'd done it forever.

Is now 7.5, one of the fastest runners in his class, climbs, rushes about.

Has always been an amazing talker - very articulate, big vocab. So I reckon some children just do one thing at a time. Not walking at 14/15 months seems just fine to me.

lolalotta Tue 09-Dec-14 05:21:26

My DD1 didn't walk until 18 months!!! She got it very quickly once she did and not much falling over!

MummyBtothree Mon 15-Dec-14 02:10:41

Dont worry, our second son was 22 months and our third was 24 months walking. Both saw a paediatrician who said its fine & can be hereditary.

MummyBtothree Mon 15-Dec-14 02:10:41

Dont worry, our second son was 22 months and our third was 24 months walking. Both saw a paediatrician who said its fine & can be hereditary.

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