My typical conversation when people see Emory lately …
Them: He’s so cute, is your son walking?
Them: Oh. (Then I get a gentle smile, as they try to comfort me.) It’s ok, he will walk soon.
My son is now 13 months and isn’t fully walking yet. I was actually ok with it. My daughter walked at 11 months and my oldest son walked at 13 months, so if Emory did the same I was fine. What is not fine is the disappointing looks people give you when they find out your son is 1 or shall I say 12 months and not walking. My baby isn’t walking.
Emory crawls like a speed racer, pulls up and walks around the couch/table just fine. He will even stand for a few (and I mean a few) seconds. He will even walk with you if you hold his hand, but I think he’s not confident enough to take that first step on his own. He recently started school for a few hours a day and he is the only child in his class not walking [Insert Mommy Guilt Face], but he is also he youngest in the class.
So many people love telling me their babies walked at 8,9,and 10 months and I just say, “Cool!” I honestly believe it’s cool that a baby walks so early but I also wasn’t in a rush to have Emory walk that early (8 or 9 months). I know once he starts walking, then here comes the running, then here comes “Stop! No! STOP! COME HERE! WAIT!! OMG!!!!!!!!”
My Research Finds: When Babies Walk
- Most babies take their first steps sometime between 9 and 12 months and are walking well by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. Don’t worry if your child takes a little longer, though. Some perfectly normal children don’t walk until they’re 16 or 17 months old.
- At 14 months, your toddler should be able to stand alone. She can probably squat down and then stand back up again, and she might even work on walking backward.
Another article stated
- The normal age range actually varies from as young as 9 months up to 18 months. Within this normal range, a child may be closer to the 18-month end for a couple of reasons—mainly lack of opportunity, genetics, and temperament.
- The study found that an infant who begins to walk at the age of nine months is unlikely to be any more advanced later in life than one who is a late walker.
- After tracking the intelligence and co-ordination of more than 200 babies until they reached 18, Swiss scientists concluded there is little or no link between such early ‘motor milestones’ and later development.
Once he starts walking, he will be walking forever so as long as my baby is healthy and there are no developmental issues – I am fine. He will walk, when he walks. One thing I need to stop doing is picking him up though! I hate to hear him whine, so I pick him and give him 50 million kisses!! Yup, I might be to blame [Insert More Mommy Guilt]!
When did your baby start walking! I would love to hear!