I need tips or something in how to help my son walk already,he’s about to be 17 months and he’s not doing it. He walks along the furniture,pushes his walker sometimes, I hold his hands and walk around the house or in a park but he just won’t let go!
Thanks for joining our community @Momworrier19! This is one of our most common questions. While the typical age for walking is usually considered 10-15 months, many toddlers aren’t independently walking till closer to 18 months. The good news is that it sounds like your son is progressing in his motor development and that’s really the key. If he’s cruising easily, pushing push toys on wheels, holding your hand to walk, then independent walking shouldn’t be far behind. Here are some of our posts that you might find helpful to get your tot moving towards independent walking
Here’s another great post I just saw that will be helpful
Hi, also if you go to my instagram account I have two highlights. One is called ‘standing balance’ and the other is called ‘walking ideas’. They will both give you ideas! Hope these help!
Also, we have a self paced program to help get your little one independently walking. You can find more details here: https://starfishtherapies.com/product/gmp-pre-walker/
All of the above is right on! And Stacy at Starfish has great products in her store including the pre walker program!
With that being said, always say a baby should be able to stand alone for 60 seconds while “swaying ever so slightly to the wind” ( side to side ) AND walking one hand held(as described in post and comments above) is significantly better to do than 2 hands held.
Also line up your coffee table along side your couch (about 15-18 inches apart) parallel to couch and have baby have one hand on each (couch & table) . Have them walk to you, facing you at the end. Picking up one hand at a time. Will encourage independent steps sooner than sidestepping facing the furniture. Assuming they’ve been doing that :)))
Jennifer Aguillard PT PCS
Thank you all so much for tips and suggestions,I looked into it all!
Also sorry for responding this late, I’m still figuring out how this website works
I’m trying all of your suggestions and holding him by his hips or his pants on each side seems to help better than holding his hands. He doesn’t like to be held by only one hand when walking so I figured holding him by his waist works more and it makes him work more (though it’s killing my back but I’ll do anything at this point)!
A Rolling stool is really helpful for the back! I’ve been there and at the clinic I need to use a stool! Also, if you have a hula hoop you can have him hold that and then you can adjust the amount of support!