All children do things in their own time. We all know that. I’ve read the books and listened to the experts. There is no real correct time for anything as all children develop at slightly different paces. We have only vague guidelines to follow that suggest that around this time, a milestone ought to occur, give or take a month or two or three…… or more.
Comparisons are pointless and will only cause heartache, unless your child is a prodigious over-acheiver in which case it may cause unbearable parental gloaty pants.
The thing is, although we know this, when your child appears to be late at a milestone, you can’t help but notice how kids months younger are mastering something whilst yours is taking their time.
Kiki has had a terrible cough for months now. I started to wonder if a cough could be the cause of late walking? Her body was busy hacking up lungs, or trying to repair itself, so maybe her limbs didn’t have time to concentrate properly. Seems legit.
I started to wonder what the latest child in the world ever was, so I turned to google, as one does in times of deep pondering.
Paediatricians don’t consider children to be late walkers until 15 months.
Many normal babies don’t walk until 17 or 18 months, and you need to look at other milestones. Late to crawl will often be late to walk.
D Man was walking at 12 months to the day. For some reason I imagined that my second child would walk sooner, partly because I assumed siblings do everything sooner and partly because I thought she’d want to run early in effort to get away from him.
Sometimes I want to break into a sprint.
With Kiki, we’ve called her Ferdinand the Bull a few times. She doesn’t seem to want to run around madly. She just like to sit and chill and play quietly with the grass, or with some blocks.
A keen walker whilst gripping fingers for balance with her pudgy little hands, but she really hasn’t seemed that keen to strike out on her own.
September the 1st. The first day of Spring.
Today, she walks.