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Does anyone have a late walker?

(21 Posts)
BBKing Wed 30-Jul-08 14:09:55

My J is 18 months and doesn't want to walk on his own yet! Am tryng not to worry about it- anything I can do to help him?

Swedes Wed 30-Jul-08 14:14:31

My DD didn't walk until she was 21 months. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Elmosgirl Wed 30-Jul-08 14:16:54

My DD was a late walker, she started around 18 months. Does he cruise?

BBKing Wed 30-Jul-08 14:19:26

yep he's cruising, and stands on his own for a few seconds- until he realises that he's doing it!

Elmosgirl Wed 30-Jul-08 14:22:36

I'm sure he'll be fine then, not sure there is much you can do to encourage him though.

BBKing Wed 30-Jul-08 14:26:49

cheers! feels better just to here someone say "don;t worry" instead of "oh he's 18 months, isn't he walking yet!!! aghhhhhhhh

2loudboys Wed 30-Jul-08 16:47:12

My ds1 has special needs and didn't walk till he was 2, BUT, what got him walking was letting him push his teddies in his own buggy grin. The next thing we knew, he was walking between his 'cruising stations'.

lou031205 Wed 30-Jul-08 17:10:11

DD1 walked at almost 23 months. DD2 is almost 12 months, and not yet crawling. I don't expect her to be walking much before 23 months either.

Mummyfor3 Wed 30-Jul-08 17:43:38

BBKing: children vary widely when they learn to do all sorts of things, including walking. My DS1 was 11 months when he walked, DS2 started @ 17 months, still v wobbly at 18 months.
Having said that, it may be worthwhile having him assessed by a physiotherapist who knows about these things to make sure there is nothing wrong. I am saying this as my niece now 15 months and not walking has problems with muscle tone (legs too stiff, pelvis to wobbly) and is improving with specialised physio approach called "Vojta" (?spelling).
Good luck!

Evenstar Wed 30-Jul-08 22:00:05

One of my DS's walked at 17 months but was a demon crawler and climber (scaled the sofa at 8 months and attempted to open lounge window!), health visitor said that he would have had to slow down to walk. DS2 was a "lazy" baby in the words of my then health visitor didn't sit up until 8 months and walked at 18 months, he has since been diagnosed with low muscle tone which is still affecting his handwriting and motor skills at 11 years of age. I guess from my experience if you have any reason for concern get it checked out, as a relaxed third time mum who wasn't in a hurry for DS2 to go anywhere I feel I may have missed signs that things were not quite right. Not a major problem but probably would have been less so if picked up earlier.

funnypeculiar Wed 30-Jul-08 22:02:04

Both of mine didn't walk til 18mths - dd hardly did cruising - went st to walking. Not worth worrying if he's bearing his own weight easily - just enjoy your last few moments of peace smile

hairtwiddler Wed 30-Jul-08 22:07:17

My DD knee-walked until 21months then got up and ran across the room. She barely moved at all until 13 months.

ThingOne Thu 31-Jul-08 09:01:02

My DS1 was 19 mo as was his father. HBs said normal up to 24 months and may be no problems even beyond that. The fact that "normal" children may not walk until later doesn't, of course, rule out any problems. I would have a chat with your HV if you are worried. One of my friends noticed things amiss in her child before 18 months and go some help.

black31cat Thu 31-Jul-08 09:23:57

My DS was a demon crawler but by 18 months he could stand holding onto furniture but showed no interest in walking. Then last week when we were at story time at the library he suddenly got up and marched very purposefully out of the door! I nearly died of shock. Since then he's bypassed the wobbly toddling stage completely and gone straight to running.

hk78 Thu 31-Jul-08 12:46:51

hello, my dd2 was a late walker, she tried a couple of steps on her own at 18m, then didnt do it again till about 20/21m, there is nothing wrong with her, lol, she just didnt want to smile

frogs Thu 31-Jul-08 12:51:56

Age of walking is largely hereditary, apparently. All 3 of mine bum-shuffled and bypassed crawling alltogether.

They walked at 18 months, 20 months and 19 months respectively.

All are fine now, though you may find knock-on skills like hopping and pedalling a trike take a little longer too.

ThingOne Thu 31-Jul-08 16:07:11

I had a similar experience, blackcat. It was a bit shocking grin.

In my earlier post I did of course mean HVs, not HBs.

HereComeTheGirls Thu 31-Jul-08 16:10:28

My DD is 21 months and a demon crawler, she cruises round furniture but doesn't want to walk either..granted, she has low muscle tone but I too am expecting her to just take off one day!!

MummyToOneForNow Thu 31-Jul-08 16:20:39

My dd wan't crawling or weight bearing at 13 mths. Suddenly started crawling at 13.5 mths and eventually walked at 18mths - has rapidly grown more confident. She had low muscle tone and some degree of hypermobility in her joints but nothing to be concerned about - just took her longer than average. Speak to HV if concerned - we were referred to a paediatrician for reassurance when she wasn't sitting up or putting any weight on her legs at 12 mths but six months later we could see that she was just taking her time...

HereComeTheGirls Thu 31-Jul-08 16:27:14

My DD started crawling at about that age too...and has just kept improving instead of bothering to walk grin

LilRedWG Thu 31-Jul-08 18:28:26

DD started walking on Mothers Day this year - she was 22 months at the time. Four months later, she has pretty much caught up with others her age. She just wasn't interested before this. She just got up that morning and decided that from that point on she would walk everywhere, literally.

Mind you, she has been like this with everything. She first sat up on Christmas Day, when she was seven and a half months old - and sat there for two hours!!

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