Children's development rate

Why do some children's development rates vary with walking?

5 April 2016

Children develop at different rates in life and walking often will occur at different times irrespective of family history and demographics.

Babies will develop at their own rate but this can mean that they will jump stages or spend longer in one stage before moving onto the next developmental goal.

The usual pattern of development that is expected is for babies to be achieving these goals at roughly these ages:

6 months- babies should be sitting supported

6-10 months- babies should be beginning to crawl and pull self to standing position

6-13 months- babies should be cruising round furniture

11-15 months – babies should be taking first steps

18 months - babies should be more confident with walking but this may be tip toe like in appearance.

If babies are not walking by 18- 24 months then it would be advisable to seek a GP referral for investigations.

Some factors to consider that may affect the rate that a baby begins walking are developmental issues and conditions such as hip dysplasia and talipes where physiotherapy and surgery may have been required following birth.

We would encourage you to ask your GP or Health Visitor to review your baby if you have any concerns.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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