What age should a little one would learn to walk?

Philippines
August 23, 2008 4:51am CST
i am asking this because my son is 1 year and two months tomorrow and he cant seem to walk all alone, we need to hold his shirt so that if ever he would fall we would be able to catch him and he wont bump his head. his pediatrician told us that it is ok for a boy to be late on learning to walk alone. i just want to know if ever there are mom out there, what age does your child starts to walk alone..?
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
23 Aug 08
Please try not to worry, rikkabren - especially if your pediatrician isn't worried and can't see any obvious reason. Children do all walk at different times - our first daughter walked at about 9 months but the other three children were a bit slower. If your son is getting up on his feet, he's doing fine! My friend's little boy was still crawling when he was 18 months, and only then started pulling himself up. Your little lad will gain confidence quickly now, and will soon be walking on his own. Maybe you could try letting go of his shirt when he's in a safe place with a soft landing?
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• Philippines
24 Aug 08
Thanks for your comment. id really like to let go of his shirt sometimes, but im scared he might bumped his head on the floor. =( but, i really appreciate your comment. thanks!
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
24 Aug 08
Good luck with the walking, rikkabren ... and thank you very much for the best response!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
24 Aug 08
In my experience children learn to walk in their own time, if your child is past 16 months and doesn't crawl or is not as active as you might think he should be for goodness sake see a Doctor, or if for any reason you are worried about his behavior check it out. Most children grow up just fine in spite of their worried parents, but if there is some type of problem the sooner you find out about it the better it can be handled. Being a parent is a great responsibility and I am sure you are a good one.
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• Philippines
24 Aug 08
Hi. I guess you are a first time mom. :) Your feelings are normal. My first son (he is two now) learned to walk the day after his first birthday, but like you, i used to hold his shirt for fear that he might fall and hurt himself. My second son, will be turning one next week, learned to walk a month ago. I did not hold his shirt, and let him stand up on his own whenever he falls. Now he is walking good. My sister's baby (girl!) learned to walk at one year and four months. :) Don't worry, it's just a matter of time...your baby's time. :)
@getnbuy (1315)
• United States
24 Aug 08
My son, (who is 40 yrs old now, and was a natural athlete) didn't walk until he was 14 months old. But , when he did walk he hit the floor running! So, don't worry. They all mature on their own time table.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
24 Aug 08
If he's walking with help, I wouldn't worry about him at all. Lots of children walk later. They just have to make up their mind that's what they want to do. Both of my children (son and daughter) walked at 9 months old. But hey, my daughter was pulling up in her bed before she could even set up alone. So kids are all different. One of these days, he will turn loose and surprise you. Learning to walk is like talking; they do it in their own time. My daughter was fast in walking - 2 years old before she showed any want to talk - she would point for what she wanted. Then, one day around 2 years old, she came out with a full sentence that almost floored us. So don't worry.
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• Singapore
24 Aug 08
I think the best way is to let him practice on his own. Let him be a bit adventurous. You don't have to hold on to his shirt, just make sure that he is on safe ground when he practices walking on his own. Encourage him by clapping your hands when he makes a single step on his own. Cheer! My daughter walked at 12 months and one week later she was already running. She may fall many times initially, we let her be. Luckily she's not the cry-baby sort when she falls. She stops crying after a minute and gets back up again and run. She has not stopped running. My cousins walked at 11 months and a niece walked at nearly 1 year 3 months. So it all depends. Main thing is to make it an enjoyable experience for the family. Once he starts walking you will have another worry- he'll start climbing!
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@Omose14 (58)
• United States
24 Aug 08
i think that once they try to stand is when they try to walk.
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• Philippines
23 Aug 08
Usually, a child learns to walk at the age of 1. But, it doesn't mean that if a child can't start to walk at that age, that it's not normal. It still is, normal. There's nothing to worry about your child's walking even if he's already 1 yr.old. Every child is different. I've seen some kids who learn to walk before the age of 1 but they tend to fall easily. While the others who learn a bit late, don't fall easily. So, there's no reason to worry. What is important is that your baby is sure to walk soon.
• United States
23 Aug 08
My son started walking around that age. Perfectly normal. You might want to let go of him a little and just spot him b/c holding his shirt might throw off his balance.
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• United States
23 Aug 08
My son was almost 13 months old before he started walking. Each child starts at different times. He will start walking whenever he is ready to. Just keep helping him walk and then I'm sure he will get the hang of it not too long from now.
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@kayedanda (1850)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
but svetlana wants to walk at three months! waaahh!! you should post pictures of him when he is your topic of discussion. i love to see his handsome face :)
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@naseeha (1385)
• India
23 Aug 08
Dont worry.. Each child is unique and learns to walk when his bones are strong enough . My son started walking when he was a little more than a year old. I know of children who started walking on their own earlier and those who started off later. Its not a big issue really. First the kids learn to walk by holding on to something like a sofa then they start walking on their own. Give him time.. Hope he gets to walk on his own soon.. But it will become difficult looking after him because he will start pulling things down and you should take extra care of what he is doing then.. HAPPy mylotting..
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• United States
23 Aug 08
14 months and not walking isn't really late yet. He should be walking by 18 months, if not that's when I would seek out a pediatric physical therapist. If you are concerned, you could always have him evaluated by a physical therapist. They can pick out the differences in late vs problems. Is he content with crawling? If he were getting frustrated by not being able to walk, I'd also be more inclined to look into it. From your post, however, he seems ok. My son walked at 13 months, by daughter walked 2 weeks before her first birthday.
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@vidhyavini (6112)
• India
23 Aug 08
My sister is having two kids. Those two managed to walk alone exactly on their first birthday. Some kids do take much time to walk. May be because they are afraid to try. I think you need not worry much about that. He will learn in another 2 weeks or so. Chill.. Happy mylotting.
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@quinnkl (1668)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I agree, don't worry about this. He will go when he is ready! I walked at 8 months 3 wks old and my son at 8 1/2 months. But my siblings (2 girls and 2 boys) all walked at 1 - 1 1/2 (and my youngest brother who started the latest is 6'4" and played basketball in college!!!!). So no worries. Seems like when they start to walk late, the don't walk, they RUN!! So watch out! :-)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
yes, i think he does run, though he cannot walk. hahaha! because maybe he thought that my mom is holding me, so i could run and wont fall or bump my head. hehehe! Thank you for your comment! goodluck!
@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Mine both began walking before they were 1 but don't worry. If he's crawling a lot, he'll be a good reader! Crawling stimulates the nerves that are used in reading and some doctors say it's good to walk late because of this. Don't worry about it if your doctor says he's okay otherwise. Some children develop faster or slower than others. Just be glad he's still crawling and read to him a lot, let him handle books and turn pages. You may well have a Nobel prize winner in the making.
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
i hope so too, but my son also do not learn how to crawl. hehe, he was used being carried so everytime i tried to put him down and make him crawl. he will cry. hehe! anyways, i hope, a crybaby would also make a Nobel prize winner.. haha! thanks alot for your comment
@misty99 (736)
24 Aug 08
walking - the use of walker help my kids learn walking fast
I must say all my three kids was walking when they reach their first birthday-was fortunate.As what your pedia said there is nothing to worry about.Kids learn things in their own pace,some does it earlier some are late but it never make any difference--it's normal!Just be very patience when it comes to teaching him how to walk.Have you tried using a walker?Maybe that will do the trick.
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
he actually graduated from walker. hehe. he does not want it when i out him in there, he'll only cry. he wants to walk alone, but then im scared of him falling on the floor that is why i would hold the back of his shirt. hehe./ thanks anyways! have a nice day!
@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
24 Aug 08
My son started walking when he was 14 months old - I mean, walking without dropping down on his bum and crying in frustration. He just couldn't seem to keep his balance and seemed to give up easily. But, just around at 14 months, he tried again, and after that he was fine. He had been perfectly content to crawl wherever he wanted to go up until that point. BUT....my daughter.....born FIVE YEARS after her brother....she began trying to walk at SIX MONTHS!!! That little girl was bound and determined that NO ONE and NOTHING was going to stand between her and getting what she wanted. She had been pulling herself up into a standing position for almost a month, believe it or not, and had begun to let go to see if she could balance herself. Then, one day while we were at her aunt's house, she let go of the coffee table and tried to walk across the room. Her aunt was, "OMG! Debra's already walking?!?!?" I just looked at her, then at Deb and said, "I sure hope not!" LOL She wasn't successful (thank goodness), but kept trying off and on until she was almost a year old. But she sure gave us some concern as I'd have rather she DIDN'T walk too early. She was very active and a lot easier to keep track of with limited ability to get around. When I look back and compare then to now, really not much has changed. My son doesn't seem to be overly concerned with "getting anywhere", preferring to be content to just plug along and see where it all takes him, while my daughter has been a bull in the china shop all her life, not letting anything or anyone stand in her way of getting what she wants. How they began walking is so much like how their personalities turned out. Anyway, all kids are different. One will start walking before a year of age and another one won't until they're almost 2. And, it will be perfectly normal for them. It's funny, because Paul was talking before he was a year and it was Deb who didn't talk until she was almost 2 - and has never stopped!!!
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
how nice ur kids are.. i hope my son can walk soon too. thanks for the comment
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
My eldest started walking at 10 months but my youngest daughter who is turning one this 28th is still earning enough courage to stand unaided. she already knows how to step but of course, she holds on to something else. Courage and trust is something that a child develops with the help of his or her significant others and with you helping him around, he'll soon manage how to walk alone so just be patient and don't rush him. Every child has its own time frame so don't ever compare. Just be realistic. If he is now walking with your help, then that is a good sign that he'll soon walk alone.
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
thanks a lot...im really hoping he can walk soon.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
20 Nov 09
The average age for a child to start walking without support is 12-18 months. some do it sooner and some later. It's perfectly normal. My older one started walking unsupported the day he turned 1 (so did I from what my mother says). My younger one was walking unsupported around 2 months before his first birthday.