Watching your child hit milestones in the development is and is something that parents love to see and document. Some of the big milestones that parents look forward to are their first smile, step, and word.
These are big points in their developments that not only you care about, but your child’s doctor cares about as well so they know your little one is on track for developing. But there are times when your baby might be a late bloomer when it comes to some milestones such as walking. So keep reading to discover five normal reasons why a baby might not be walking and five signs that should be a cause for concern.
10 Cause For Concern: Broken/Fractured Bone
When I was a baby I was out playing when a bigger kid ended up jumping and landing on me causing me to break my leg. After breaking my leg I was not able to walk or put weight on it until it heals.
So you might not have realized that your little one got seriously hurt when playing and you should go talk to their prediction to check everything out and make sure they are okay. If your child was once trying to talk and stand is now lost interest it can be because they have a broken bone.
9 Normal Reason: Shoes
You might not put a lot of thought it in, buy the shoes you put your child in plays a big role in how they walk. If you buy a shoe that is too heavy for your baby they are not going to be able to lift up their feet to walk.
Also if their shoes are too tight they are not coming to be comfortable when walking. So if you notice your child being able to walk at home, but not out it could be because of the shoes they are wearing.
8 Cause For Concern: Rickets
What we put into our bodies plays a big role in how we function. NHS.uk reports that rickets can occur when there is a lack of vitamin D and calcium in your baby's diet. If your little one is not eating enough or a healthy diet this can cause your child to experience delays when learning to walk.
So make sure to get medical help for your child so they can put your little one on a plan to get their vitamin D or calcium back up. Then you will be able to see your little one be healthy and reach their walking milestone.
7 Normal Reason: Personalities Say A Lot
Even as a little one, babies have their own personalities they develop. ParentsCanada.com mentions that your child’s personality can have a role in how fast they learn to walk. If your child has a laid back temperament than they are going to be more likely to walk later.
This is because they do not feel a sense of urgency and are content looking around instead of playing. But if your child is around a lot of other children who do walk they can feel the need to walk to keep up with them.
6 Cause For Concern: Cerebral Palsy
There are times when your child is not walking because of conditions that are affecting their brain. According to MarchOfDines.org, cerebral palsy is a condition “that affects the parts of your brain that control your muscles.
This can cause problems with movement, posture, and balance.” This can be detected if your baby was not able to sit up by themselves or did not crawl or scoot around a lot during those milestone marks too. Though cerebral palsy can seem scary, people who have it are still able to live great and wonderful lives.
5 Normal Reason: Other Milestones Were Late
If your child is not walking at the time of other kids their age it can just be because they are a late bloomer. ParentsCanada.com reports that babies who were late bloomers fir sitting up on their own and other milestones, then that child is going to naturally be late when it comes to walking too.
This is because of their development and they need more time to build up those muscles they are going to need to stand and walk. Don’t worry about your late bloomer and just know that they will be walking soon.
4 Cause For Concern: Pigeon Toes
According to WebMD.com, pigeon toes is something that many babies have a slight pigeon toeing. And though the pigeon toes usually go away on its own, but sometimes it can cause other problems in the body such a problem with their hips, foot, or lower leg bone.
Make sure you are informing your child’s education about their lack of walking if they had pigeon toes as a baby since it can be an underlying reason why they are not able to walk. The fast they can figure out the problem they faster they can help your child get better.
3 Normal Reason: Obstacles In The Way
You might have spent a lot of time on getting your house just how you like it. From buying furniture, rugs, and decorate it is just how you pictured it. But Healthline.com mentions that our house is filled with things that babies can trip on and bump into each other.
Make sure your living room is clear so your baby has a free and safe place for them to explore walking. And if your little one sees that there is not enough room they might stop trying to walk in that area of the house.
2 Cause For Concern: Hip Dysplasia
Our bodies do not always grow and develop like they are supposed to, and sometimes a baby can suffer from hip dysplasia. According to WebMD.com, the condition causes a baby's hips to develop in the wrong location.
This would cause your baby pain when standing and as they try to walk. If your baby is trying to walk but shows that they are in pain it can be because of hip dysplasia. Talk to their prediction to see if they can check for hip dysplasia for your little one.
1 Normal Reason: They Just Need More Practice
Something that you do every day and don’t realize how difficult it actually is. Healthline.com reports that walking takes a lot of coordination since it is about balance, but if you see your child trying to walk and stand on their own they just need more practice.
So don't worry if your friend's babies are walking and yours is still walking. As long as they are moving and trying they there is no need for concern, instead be encouraging and try to hold onto your child’s hand and see if they can get a few steps in that way.