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Early walker?(11 Posts)
My son has just turned 8 months and already he's almost walking!! I think deffo by 9 or 10 months. If this turns out to be true then when would I get rid of the buggy?
Just wanting answers ONLY from people who have had early walkers and can tell me their direct experiences
Thank you 😊
DH was cruising the furniture at 9 months, I think the only thing that stopped him walking properly was lack of confidence.
I can't remember the exact age we ditched it but we moved house a couple of months after is second birthday and only really used it if he was ill or we were out for a long time.
Dd was 10 months when started walking we got rid of buggy when she was about 2.5. She was a confidant walker and walked most places but we made sure we had buggy as she got tired or bored easily and we'd end up having to carry her.
Both my children have been full walkers by 9 months. I have a 3yo and a 10 mo. They both still need the buggy! It will literally be years before you should get rid!!
There's a big difference between taking a few steps and having the stamina to walk even moderate distances and the danger awareness to hold your hand etc. I really wouldn't ditch the buggy yet. Mine is just turned 3 and can just about get round the woods or to the park now (both about 2 miles) but I didn't ditch the buggy totally until about 2.5. You could get a stroller if you want something more lightweight xx
My first born was walking at 10 months .
He’s 25 months and we still need the stroller .
He can’t walk long distances so if we are out all day ( or even for a couple hours ) we need it .
Around 18 months my son started refusing his stroller for 1km walks to the park and back or to nursery . But as soon as he’s tired he needs that stroller and will happily get in .
Currently he will last about 2kms or so before needing it.
I had an early walked at 10 months but still needed a buggy as they tended to want to bomb off and explore with their new found freedom... just because they can walk doesn't mean they'll walk where you want them to!
You will need the buggy for years - my DS walked at 10mo, but when they start walking they literally toddle a few steps. He won't be walking long distances for years. My DS was in his buggy for long walks until he was 3.
I will add as well that the above and unanimous advice is really irellevent whether they walk at 8 months or 18 months... I've seen some babies take 1st steps at 9 months and be wobbling all over the place and I've seen others not walk til much later then go straight to running/kicking balls etc. I've also seen kids who walk early and go on to be good physically and others who are incredibly clumsy and poorly coordinated (my niece walked 10MO, drops and spills everything and took til age 9 to ride a pedal bike) They're honestly all no different by age 2 and it doesn't set them apart in any meaningful way
Don’t be in a mad rush to get rid of buggy. It’s a safe place for the toddler to be when out shopping etc ...and so much easier unless you do literally have eyes out the back of your head ! My three were early walkers but still quite happy in buggy until about 3 .
My DD started walking at 10 months. I started letting her out of the buggy to walk a bit from
age 1. She would walk around in a circle, off the path, back the way you've come and then forward and back over and over. You need reins if near roads. So then you put her back in and get were you are going.
I'd say age 2 you would be able to get them to walk somewhere, but it won't be quick, because oh mummy a cat, a stone, I'm going to pick the flowers (in someone's garden 😬)
By 2 and half DS would walk to nursery without making us late, I needed 7 minutes to walk by myself double with him. We did long walks with the dog and I only stopped taking the pushchair at 3. I still used it for backup on days out until 3.5 or if was in a rush.