When did your baby learn to walk?

Philippines
July 26, 2010 12:42pm CST
I am a parent of a 1 year and 1 month old baby. I am excited to see him walk alone but until now he has not. Is this really normal? At what age did your child/children walk on their own?
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
26 Jul 10
Both of my children were about 1 year old when they learned to walk. All babies develop at their rates. Walking and talking is not something you can force your child to do. They will walk across the floor when they are ready. Just be patient and work with your child. Soon your child will be running and you won't be able to keep up. Don't let someone else tell you when your child should walk. Their time will come soon enough.
• Philippines
26 Jul 10
I guess it is actually the pressure from other people that is worrying me. Thank you guys for the response. I feel much better.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
16 Aug 10
All children walk at their own time and there is really no specific time that it is right for a baby to start walking. My daughter was just short of ten months old when she started walking. Then my son didn't start actually walking on his own until he was almost 13 months old. I've heard that it is normal for boys to walk later than girls and in my own experience I would have to say that this is the truth. If your son has been hitting all of his milestones around the right time then I would say that you have nothing to worry about.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 10
Hi, Not to worry so much.different children will have different phase of growing up phase and just relax. Since your baby just reached 13 months old, it is still time for him to learn on how to walk. Get him a baby walker and spent time to hold his hand and teach him to get his first step out. Do it slowly and if he refused to do it,then don't keep forcing your boy. Let's the time do it for him. As for my son, he can walk stable at 13 months old. It is fun to see him walk here and there inside the house. I started to give baby walker to my son when he was 5 months old, Then slowly he learn to crawl and by 11 months old,he can hold things and start his first step.Not that stable yet,but I always hold his hand to teach him to walk.He enjoyed it and I am so happy to see him walking towards me one day and called me "mummy". My advice to you : stay calm and relax...no rushing at all. Very soon...your boy will start making his first step.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
28 Jul 10
All 3 of my childern all walked at completely different ages. My oldest daughter walked at 15 months, my middle daughter was 17 months and my youngest daughter who is 1 year and 3 weeks has been walking for 2 weeks now. A week after her birthday. Every baby is different. The age range varies from 8 months up to 18 months. Doctors say if a child isnt walking by 18 months to then seek the help of their pediatricain because something might be wrong by that point. Good luck and he will walk soon enough. I know I cant keep up with my 1year old. She has alot more energy then my other 2 daughters did when they learned to walk.
• Pakistan
27 Jul 10
no issues at all, all babies have different physique, energy levels, learning levels, fine and gross motor skills. its not fair to compare any one child with any other. I have a son, 4.5 years of age and still haven't learned to walk, being a down syndrome, but no issues, we are very happy that God is making us pass through a lengthy test, and we are every grateful to Him.
@tinym8 (403)
• United States
27 Jul 10
Hi Anjap, My son was a preemie and didn't walk until he was almost 14 months old. Strangely enough, he first walked on "Independence Day" the 4th of July! He talked very, very early. He is way above normal intelligence and he maybe knew that mom and dad would do things for him, get things for him and carry him around if he didn't walk. I don't know what the reason was, but he was a bit late walking : ) Don't worry about it. He will grow up way too fast.
@pastigger (618)
• United States
26 Jul 10
My daughter was a little over a year old she walked a little late but she was also a preemie, so a few milestones were delayed. But being her she did not take one step and fall down she walked 7 steps across the living room! Just Remember that he will grow quickly no need to rush it and also know they don't walk for very long once they figure it out they start to run everywhere and then the race is on to keep up with them. Every child is diffrent and as long as your doctor isn't worried about something I wouldn't worry about it. I was convinced that my daughter would only have two teeth the rest of her life, she had 2 at one years old and then none for a while and then they started growing in 4 at a time and in no time she had a mouth full. All babies are diffrent you don't need to compare to other peoples if they walk sooner or later it won't make any diffrence in the long run, use this time to rest up because you are going to need it.
• United States
26 Jul 10
I am a mother of two. My daughter is now 6 and my son is 2. My first child didnt start walking until she was 16 months old. My family jokes that it was first child syndrome! the one wear you carry them around all the time and sanitize every little thing and just the thought of them falling would cause you to have a heart attack! lol Baby number two on the other hand started at 10 months. He had a lot more floor time and less carrying around due to the tight schedule that we were already on. Every child will do it when they get ready, some kids are just lazy but most have a fear of falling, but once they get it that very first time, get ready to chase after them! :)
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul 10
My teenage son was walking by eleven months old. My toddler son is disabled. He has got spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He is never going to be able to walk. My baby daughter is the same age as your son. She stands holding onto furniture and she can walk along holding on to the edge. She is scared to let go so can't walk on her own yet. Each child is different. Out of all the babies on the June 2009 birth board some of them walk and others haven't learned to do that yet.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
26 Jul 10
It is normal to not yet be walking on their own. Every baby moves at their own pace. Our oldest started standing on her own by her toy box around 10 months old and I thought she was going to walk soon. She would take a step between things but barely let go of stuff. Then about a month after she turned 1 she just decided it was time and walked across the room. Our second two both walked around a year old too. I wouldn't worry about it. It will happen soon enough.