So my son who is now 16 months old has not started walking yet. He is free standing and cruising the furniture but not walking. My now 9 year old daughter started walking a week after her first birthday. I am a little concerned about him as a friends son who is only 11 months old has started walking this week. Has anyone else who has had more than one child noticed a significant difference in each child meeting milestones, if so what were they? Does anyone think I should seek help from a Dr or should I not worry?

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  • Kids reach their milestones in their own time and all we can do is encourage and praise their efforts and provide them with aids like walkers to speed up the process. My sister learnt to talk after she was 3 years old and during this time all she said was gibberish or made sounds and pointed, and we sort of understood what she wanted. However when she finally started talking she spoke in full sentences and no one could stop her talking all the time.

  • All kids develop differently and as my kids kindy teachers said, as long as they can walk, talk, toilet by the time they go to school all is well. My daughter was way more ‘advanced’ than my son as a baby/toddler but there are things that as a five year old he was better/quicker at picking up. They all develop in their own time

  • I have a 5 and a half year old daughter and a six month old daughter and I’ve noticed that my second daughter seems to be progressing quicker than her older sister did. She’s already up on her hands and knees rocking back and forth and I can’t remember her sister doing that for at least another month or so. I wouldn’t see a doctor just yet. I think I would let him try for another month or so. I also think that boys develop at different rates than girls.

  • My children were 9 mths, 12 mths and 14 months, but my brother was 18 mths and I was 9 mths.

  • All of my children reached their milestones at very different times. My eldest didn’t start walking until he was nearly two years old, one of my girls started just after she turned one and the rest walked by the time they were nine months old. They have all grown up to do well in school and they are all great kids.

  • Yes No use in stressing I think its normal!

  • Does your baby stand on the soles of his feet? I was very flat footed and for a few months only walked by holding onto somebody’s hand or the handle of my sturdy doll’s pram. Basically I walked on my ankles and never got the soles of my feet dirty. I went to intensive physiotherapy from soon after my 3rd birthday until year 5 at school. Apparently for a few months I also wore a type of caliper on the lower part of both legs but I have no memory of that. One thing I do remember is walking up and down our passage every night doing my exercises. I still walk on one foot a little differently than the other.

  • Each and every child is different whether you gave birth to them or not, my kids have both had different stages. miss 3 got her first tooth at 13 or 14 months, miss 1 had 12 teeth by that age, miss 3 was a very happy energetic bouncy child who never ever sat down and still doesnt. miss one lays around watching tv sucking her thumb or hugging a blanket as much as she can, I cannot encourage her to have energy like her sister and really I don’t want to as I don’t have the energy for two hyper-maniacs at one time lol

  • yes children are all different. Our son walked at 12 months, my friend’s daughter born at the same time walked at 7months. My second child a daughter was 16 months when she started walking. Often smart children walk later taking advantage of being picked up and carried around.

  • My second daughter has been crazy different with her miles stones so far. She was trying to hold her own head day 1 at the hospital. Rolled a month earlier than my first daughter and at 4 months is already trying to figure out how to crawl.

  • Mine were all different by big margins. No use in stressing, talk to the Maternal health nurse. And I’m sure you will be assured.

  • I have five children and they all had different milestones. In my opinion, you should not worry. Girls as I have heard are more advance than boys.Like my second child, crawled at five months and started walking in 10 months, reading and writing her name when she was two, while my third child didn’t bother showing any signs and interest in anything, and walked before he turn two.

  • Please don’t stress about this. I have 3 children. My 2 boys both walked at about 17 months but my daughter walked at 11 months. Now that’s a big difference. Allow your child to develop at his own rate and remember to enjoy your children. By the time they get to 5 years old they are all approximately the same. Good luck.

  • Mine were the same as yours. My little one started walking at 16 1/2 months and my eldest, just after her 1st birthday.

  • My 2 both walked at different ages, oldest was up and running at 9 months, youngest at 12 months. Every child develops at different stages so you shouldn’t worry too much. However if you are extremely concerned check with your GP or health nurse.

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