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My toddler isn’t walking yet. When do I need to be concerned?

What To Expect When Your Baby Starts Walking - Parents Canada

While toddlers typically start walking independently between nine and 18 months, every child develops at their own pace and there is a wide range of what is considered normal development. Here are some general guidelines to consider if you are concerned about your toddler missing this milestone

·  Keep track of the other developmental milestones your toddler is reaching, such as crawling, pulling up to stand, cruising along furniture, and standing independently. These are all important steps toward walking.

·  If your child was born prematurely, their developmental timeline may differ from that of full-term babies. Adjustments may need to be made when considering developmental milestones.

·  Some children may take longer to walk due to individual differences in muscle strength, balance, coordination, or temperament. Factors such as genetics, environment, and opportunities for practice also play a role.

·  In some cases, delays in walking may be associated with underlying medical conditions, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or developmental delays. If you have concerns about your child’s development, consult with your pediatrician or a developmental specialist for further evaluation.

If your toddler has not started walking by 18 months, or if they show other signs of developmental delay, such as not bearing weight on their legs, not reaching other milestones or regression in previously acquired skills, consult with your pediatrician. Early intervention services can help to address any underlying issues and support your child’s development.

In most cases, children will catch up and walk independently without long-term problems. However, any developmental concerns should be brought up with your family doctor to provide personalized advice and access to support services if needed. 

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