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How can we help our 9month old daughter learn to walk w/o a walker? She knows how to stand but seem afraid yet to step around crib

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
6 doctors agree

In brief: Don't use a walker.

They are not recommended because of safety reasons.
They ABduct an infant's hips; therefore, they do not promote walking. 1st she'll creep, or cat-crawl. ~ 9 mos. she'll pull to a stand & cruise, walking holding on. Taking 10 steps independently occurs, on average, at 12 mos. 3 weeks; upper limits of normal is 16 months. See healthychildren.org & first steps.org. Baby proof your house now.

In brief: Don't use a walker.

They are not recommended because of safety reasons.
They ABduct an infant's hips; therefore, they do not promote walking. 1st she'll creep, or cat-crawl. ~ 9 mos. she'll pull to a stand & cruise, walking holding on. Taking 10 steps independently occurs, on average, at 12 mos. 3 weeks; upper limits of normal is 16 months. See healthychildren.org & first steps.org. Baby proof your house now.
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Dr. Christine Hom
Play with her, encourage her with a toy, help her walk with you holding her hands. She will walk when she is ready; a walker only allows her to reach things she should not and reach places she should not (think stairs, stoves, cups of coffee)
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Be patient

Babies don't need a walker to learn and it is a bit early.
Some can do so this early but only a few, most pull to stand and cruise for a while before the walk.Some normal kids don't walk independently until 15-16m.This kid sounds normal. Enjoy her.

In brief: Be patient

Babies don't need a walker to learn and it is a bit early.
Some can do so this early but only a few, most pull to stand and cruise for a while before the walk.Some normal kids don't walk independently until 15-16m.This kid sounds normal. Enjoy her.
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