Why Is My 12-Month-Old Not Walking?

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It is completely normal for a 12-month-old not yet to be walking. The average age for babies to begin walking is around 12 to 15 months. 

However, some babies may start walking as early as 9 months old, while others may take longer and begin to walk between 16 and 18 months.

Although most babies will eventually become mobile without assistance or encouragement, there are several things that parents can do to help promote their baby’s development of walking skills. 

For example, parents can encourage their baby’s mobility by providing safe spaces for them to explore and move around on their own such as on low furniture or inside closed-off areas with plenty of crawling room. 

Parents can also play games like peek-a-boo and lift their baby up and down while standing so they can learn how to balance their body weight. 

Finally, parents need to give their babies plenty of time and space each day to practice walking independently.

In addition, if a baby has not yet started walking at 12 months, it may be beneficial for parents to consult with a doctor or physical therapist who can assess the baby’s development milestones while providing recommendations on how parents can help them reach the next step in their physical development journey. 

This could include activities such as introducing simple exercises that help strengthen the baby’s leg muscles, stretching routines that promote flexibility and coordination, or even exercises that focus on body awareness and proprioception which help the baby understand how its own body moves about gravity and other objects in its environment.

What Are the Key Signs That a 12-Month-Old Should Be Walking?

You may be wondering why your 12-month-old isn’t walking yet. But it’s important to remember that every baby is different! While some kids might take their first steps at 9 months, others don’t start until closer to 18 months old.

However, there are certain signs you can look out for if your little one has yet to start walking by the time they’re 12 months. 

Is your 12-month-old pulling up to stand on furniture? 

Does he or she crawl quickly and have good balance when standing with support? 

Can they cruise along walls while holding onto them? 

These are all key indicators that your child is likely ready to walk. You should also pay attention to whether or not they seem interested in taking steps. Walking is likely right around the corner if they’re trying to take a few steps here and there.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Help My 12-Month-Old Start Walking?

Of course! Yes, your 12-month-old may not be walking yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them start. Here are a few activities and exercises to get them going:

  1. Encourage your little one to stand up with assistance. Hold their hands while they practice standing and balancing on their own two feet.
  2. Crawling is another excellent way to develop muscles for eventually walking. This will also help build coordination between hands and feet, balance, and strength.
  3. When you feel your child is ready, let them try taking a few steps without support or aid from you or anything else around them! With plenty of practice and patience, they’ll soon be walking on their own.

So don’t despair! 

The journey to toddling begins with small steps, and you can help your 12-month-old get there by encouraging them every step of the way.

Are There Any Risks Associated With a 12-Month-Old Not Walking?

While it’s not unusual for some children to wait until closer to 18 months before taking their first steps, there are potential risks associated with delayed walking. 

These can include an increased risk of falls due to a lack of balance and coordination and a delay in language development caused by reduced mobility. 

It’s important to talk with your pediatrician if you are worried about your 12-month-old not walking, so they can help diagnose any issues and provide guidance on keeping them safe while they prepare for their first steps.

How Does the Development of Crawling Affect the Ability of a Baby To Walk?

The development of crawling is an essential milestone for babies as it helps prepare them for the physical activity involved in walking. 

When a baby crawls, they strengthen their arms and legs, which prepares them to stand and move around on two feet. 

Furthermore, crawling helps babies learn how to coordinate their hands, arms, and legs while balancing their weight; all skills are necessary before babies can take steps independently. 

Where was I when my baby first began crawling? Taking pictures and trying not to cry tears of joy! So, if your 12-month-old isn’t walking yet, know that crawling could be the key with a bit of patience and some practice. 

Just make sure you’re around to document their progress.

Does Obesity in Toddlers Affect Their Ability or Willingness To Walk?

It’s a valid question, especially in this day and age where childhood obesity rates are on the rise. But the answer is more complex than you might think! 

While it is true that toddlers who are overweight can have difficulty with motor skills like walking, being a little heavier than average doesn’t mean your 12-month-old won’t ever learn to walk. 

Here’s what you need to know:

First, understand that body weight is only one factor in physical development and that other factors, such as muscle tone and flexibility, also play important roles. 

Some children may be naturally more prone towards leaning on their toes or shuffling around rather than taking steps due to low muscle tone in their legs, for example.

Second, be mindful of your 12-month-old’s environment. Babies and toddlers must have plenty of space to explore and engage in physical activities;

this could mean dedicating a corner of the living room for playtime or encouraging outdoor activities like walks with the stroller or playing at the park (with appropriate safety precautions).

Finally, if you’re still concerned about your child’s lack of progress when it comes to walking, don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician. They can advise on nutritional changes and physical therapy exercises that could help make walking easier for your little one. 

With the proper support and guidance, they will eventually take those first steps!

In conclusion, 

while obesity in toddlers can affect their ability or willingness to walk, it’s important to remember that other factors are at play. To ensure your child is on the right track for physical development, ensure they have plenty of opportunity and support to explore. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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Joanne Hebert

Joanne Hebert

My name is Joanne Hebert, I am 41 years old, and this is my Baby Walkers blog!
My twin baby boys had just reached the age of 13 months and started to walk all by themselves. I am so relieved!

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As a mother of 2, I know how important it is to help your baby walk as soon as possible. Their whole development depends on it.
So when my younger daughter was born, I started looking into walkers and just loved the research of it. I want to share with you everything I learned right here.

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