He crawls so fast, cruises around the couches and walls, and even takes a few steps when held but too scared to do it on his own. Everyone asks why he isn’t walking yet, should we be worried.
No! Don’t be worried, except you see other signs that worry you. Let’s dive in.
Your baby will crush many developmental milestones in the first year of life; learning how to hold their bottle, sitting supported, unsupported, rolling over, crawling, and eventually walking without assistance.
As common as it is for children to take their first steps somewhere between 10 and 12 months, it is not uncommon for some to take longer and no, they are not necessarily late.
Remember, babies develop and reach milestones at different ages. Because your baby isn’t walking by 14 months doesn’t always indicate a problem.
Your concerns are understandable Mama. Your friend’s babies who are months younger, can already stand or can also take an independent step or two. I get it. You want your child to crush milestones, and not lag behind other children of similar age. If your baby is able to perform other motor skills like standing alone or with support, pulling up on furniture, and bouncing up and down at 14 months, then no need to worry as these signs indicate your baby is developing fine.
Also note that babies born prematurely begin walking later than children of the same age.
How to help your baby learn to walk
Get on the floor with your baby. Carefully guide her across the floor. This will improve balance and also help your baby learn how to lift her legs when in motion.
2. More floor time
The more floor time your baby has, the more she practices pulling up and bouncing. These activities will strengthen the thigh muscles.
3. No Baby walkers
Surprised? Baby walkers are often used as a teaching tool for babies learning to walk. But these are not a safe choice. Surprisingly, baby walkers can delay walking in babies. Some babies have also been injured as a result of walkers. You may consider using a push toy, but you should always supervise your baby with these to make sure they don’t tip over.
4. No shoes indoors
Shoes often make it harder for babies to take their first steps. Shoes are recommended for outdoor walking, but many babies learn to walk faster when barefoot inside the home.
When to see a doctor
Speak with your doctor if your baby isn’t walking by 18 months, or earlier if you suspect a problem. Problems like hip dysplasia, rickets (weakening of bones), muscle tone, and cerebral palsy should be ruled out after a doctor’s visit.
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