Peanut was a fairly early crawler (she started the day before she turned 6 months) and also pretty early with pulling herself up and standing. Because of this, we were convinced that she would be an early walker. My husband was sure that she’d be walking by her 11 month birthday. Well, 11 months came and went. Her first birthday came and went. Even 13 months came and went. Peanut will be 14 months old next week and is seriously showing absolutely no signs of walking. At all.
Our little nut cruises around the couch, the coffee table, chairs, anything she can prop herself up on. She clearly has no problems with her legs, nor does she have any balance issues. She can stand there, without holding on to anything, for minutes on end without a wobble. She just doesn’t seem to have any interest. We have a couple of those push walkers and sometimes she’ll use one of them for a few steps before she gets bored and speed crawls off to something else.
Everybody tells us that we should be glad she isn’t walking yet, that life gets so much harder when they start walking. But honestly, I’m really looking forward to it. For one thing, she crawls so well that it’s not as if I can ever leave her alone for a second anyway. And it would also be nice to be able to take her to the playground or my in-laws patio (or anyplace where I can’t put her on the ground to crawl) and have her just walk around a bit. Plus, I think she would really enjoy it once she realizes it’s way easier than crawling. So, we went from thinking we would have an early walker to now being concerned that we have a kid that may never walk at all. If she has her way, she’ll just continue to crawl everywhere or, even better, have Mommy carry her all the time.
Parents, how old were your kids when they started walking? And any tips for us to get her to actually want to walk?