Your child will hit many milestones throughout the course of their life. These milestones may be holding their own bottle, rolling over, crawling, talking and walking.
If you have children and have done your research, you know MOST children take their first steps somewhere between 10 and 12 months. It’s our nature as parents that if our kid isn’t walking by 14 months, then there MUST be an issue, right?
Wrong. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your child.
To determine if your child’s inability to walk is cause for concern, you need to look at the big picture; look at everything your child is able to do. Even though they may not be walking at 14 months, are they pulling themselves up to stand? Do they stand alone? Do they bounce up and down when you are holding them?
These are all signs that your child’s gross motor skills are developing. These also all indicate that your child may take his/her first steps shortly. When your child reaches 18 months and, if they still aren’t walking, then discuss with your pediatrician.
This same rule applies to talking. Most children will say their first meaningful words around 12 months. Some don’t say their first word until 14 months or later. For more about speech milestones, please check out my other blog Babbling and Speech Development.
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If you have been reading my blogs, you know that I have a three-year-old daughter and an eight-month-old son.
My daughter talked “on track” with the developmental norms that I learned about in college as a speech pathologist. By 11-12 months, she was saying “dada” and “mama” consistently. After 12 months, her vocabulary and word approximations went through the roof. Although her speech was off the charts, she sat up unassisted at 7 months, crawled at 9 months, walked at a little over 12 months. Completely different than my son …
Nicholas rolled for the first time at 2 months, started rolling at 4 months and is super close to crawling. His speech, though, is slower than Nora’s. Although he makes sounds, he isn’t babbling as much as she was at his age.
I`m telling you this information so you can have peace of mind. Kids will develop their skills at different rates. Gender plays a role, as well as birth order. I am convinced Nicholas is a mover because he’s trying to keep up with Nora and tries very hard to be everywhere that my husband and I are.
With that being said, it IS important to know when skills being super late can be a problem.
I always tell parents that if they are concerned, talk to the doctor. It’s better to be wrong, than to wait. The earlier intervention starts, the better!
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