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15month old not walking

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Newfamily2014 Mon 25-May-15 21:34:47

My dd is a bottom shuffler and walks well when I hold both of her hands. If I let one of her hands go she immediately stops and sits down to shuffle away.
She can pull up onto her knees but not to stand and does not cruise.
She is very fast on her bottom, holding objects as she goes.
I know that bottom-shufflers can be late walkers but I'm getting a bit worried that she is not pulling up to stand or cruising.

Any mums and HVs with advice please..

Newfamily2014 Mon 25-May-15 21:40:20

Correction- she's not yet 15months (will be 15mo in the first)

ProfessorPickles Mon 25-May-15 21:40:39

Hiya op, I have no personal experience of this but my cousin was close to her second birthday before she walked. She only did so because her grandma was teasing her with a toy and she really wanted it so she got up and ran at her grin
So don't worry too much if you can help it, she went from sitting and bum shuffling to running around in a short period of time

SunnyBaudelaire Mon 25-May-15 21:44:22

Do not worry.
My dd did not walk until 18 months, but at that point as PP said, she was running around in no time.
And do not listen to anyone saying 'ooh my baby walked at 8 months'.

Roseformeplease Mon 25-May-15 21:44:59

DS walked at 19 months. Why walk when he could ask his servants to fetch things for him. DD was 14 months, because she was rushing to catch him up.

The point is, the parameters of "normal" are very wide and often later for a first child than for subsequent ones, who have someone else to copy.

daydreamnation Mon 25-May-15 21:48:45

My ds wasn't walking on his 2nd birthday! He is now 10, the fastest runner in his class, a skateboarder etc. He too was a bum shuffler, they do tend to walk late so try not to worry (or listen to any nonsense from others!)

MiaowTheCat Tue 26-May-15 11:45:22

I would leave baby groups and go home and cry because DD1 was a later end of normal walker.

She cracked it by the end of month 18 and became very very stable a lot faster than her early-walking younger sister has been.

RedKite5004 Tue 26-May-15 13:48:03

Don't panic. My DS bum shuffled until 18 months old. One day he was sat on my husbands lap at nursery drop off time and saw his favourite carer across the room. She called out to him and he got up and walked straight over to her without so much as a wobble.

BagsyThisName Tue 26-May-15 20:59:27

15 months is average for walking and bum shufflers are usually later than average (less incentive), so no need to worry.

stillenacht1 Tue 26-May-15 21:02:58

Ds was a bottom shuffler- first steps at 21 months. Now strapping 6 foot 2 rugby player at 15smile

lexyloub Tue 26-May-15 21:12:35

Ds2 was 16mth before he walked

Newfamily2014 Wed 27-May-15 21:02:08

What lovely replies! thanks a lot for the reassurance :-)

bakingtins Wed 27-May-15 22:24:20

My sister was a bum shuffler and was 22m before she walked. It doesn't seem to have held her back in life.

karmagetsyou Wed 27-May-15 22:56:12

Don't worry. 18mth old DS bum shuffler & showing NO signs of walking ��

Newfamily2014 Thu 28-May-15 12:19:59

:-) To be honest, if I was a bottom shuffler I don't think I would bother walking either- I think it a very intelligent way of moving as she can carry all she wants to and as she is sat down is ready to play immediately! ;-)

nutelladipper Thu 28-May-15 13:14:04

My son didn't walk till 26 months! He was a shuffler (I agree very intelligent way to move!). He didn't bear weight until he was 21months and that was minimal. I pushed for a Physio referral oand got it on the basis on non weight bearing. This was at 12 months.

It turns out he has hypermobility and low muscle tone. Basically very flexible and he tires quickly as his muscles are working hard.

He's now nearly 5 and is amazing and is just like all his peers apart from a bit slower running etc.

Obviously not saying your daughter has this but what my point is is that I knew deep down that something wasn't right so I'm glad I perserveere with getting a referral.


tadpole39 Thu 28-May-15 13:18:46

Same as umbrella, my dd did not walk til over two, she didn't weight bear or cruise, it was tricky when she couldn't join in with other children rushing about and she was just sat down. She talked veryearly though. She was diagnosed early and had no further problems until her teenage years but happily we were aware and could get her appropriatephysio.

neversleepagain Thu 28-May-15 19:11:12

Dd1 walked at 16 months
Dd2 at 14 months

Newfamily2014 Thu 28-May-15 21:12:00

Thanks everyone.
Funnily enough today she seems to be lifting up a bit, it's hard to explain but she gets her legs underneath her and is almost bouncing lifting her bottom up off the floor but doesn't realise she needs to hold onto something to pull up more so maybe she's starting to think about getting up off the floor? but she's still a long way off.

nutelladipper and tadpole39 what signs did your children display to make you think they were hypermobile? my daughter stands up to use her toy cooker but always wants to know that I am behind her and although she is weight bearing on both legs leans on the cooker so isn't standing unsupported.

I think lack of confidence is playing a part too.

nutelladipper Thu 28-May-15 21:41:03

I didn't suspect it at all I was told by Physio. So I'm not sure what the signs were as such. He was a fairly "relaxed" baby and never moved much when he slept but that could be his low tone. As I say the lack of weight bearing was my sign something wasn't right.

Great news that she's starting to try!

Newfamily2014 Fri 29-May-15 08:32:32

Thanks nutelladipper great news your son is doing so well now :-)
Well, my dd doesn't stay still! She shuffles at top speed to everyones amusement ;-)...have just seen another new thing today, she looked like she was trying to get onto all fours (I imagine what babies who crawl look like)..we'll see, but will keep physio referral in my mind :-)

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