My 20 month old DD is hitting all other developmental stages and says lots of words but walking we have hit a stale mate. She started Knee walking about 6 months ago and happily got around like that for a awhile then about 2 months ago she suddenly walked unassited. We were very excited for her but we quickly realised she will only walk when encouraged and between me and DH. She gets sick of it quickly and if she isn't in the mood she shakes her head and says no and shuffles away.
DD can kneee walk on any surface, tiles, concrete, bark, sand....its impressive and she is super fast! Its very painful to watch but it is like she can't feel it. He little knees are like elbow skin :-(
MCHN didn't know what to do, Chiro says shes ok, she has even had accupunture but to no avail. I was happy for her to take her time and wasn't too fussed about it. But she can't keep up with other kids and she is becoming the kid that all the other kids take toys off and run away
Has anyone else had a knee walker? Anyone have any suggestions? Besides what and see....we have done that for 6 months and its not getting anywhere and I am starting to worry a bit now...
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30-03-2012 10:06 #1
Walks on her knees!
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30-03-2012 10:10 #2
Mine was a knee walker. She is a perfect 3.5 year old!
It was a tough time. Lots of people laughed at her. She was getting around so didn't bother her.
30-03-2012 10:14 #3
really? people are starting to say stuff to me and laugh at her too. Poor little thing. How old was yours? Would she walk with you?
30-03-2012 10:45 #4
Mine walked around 15 months but still knee walked after that. She was happy. I also was told not to worry but it didn't help. Believe me she will walk.
By the way mine is a very intelligent switched on child with above average speech so her physical development is not at all correlated to intellectual ability!
When u r on your own with her just encourage walking by holding her hands.
Another thing mine is not a massive risk taker so that is why she probably didn't walk as early as others. Mine is very little, in the 4th percentile for height.
Please try not to let others joking worry you...your gorgeous child is just taking her own unique path to walking. You totally forget about it once the milestone is reached.
Can she stand independently? Like if you let her go. If not work on that. Get advise from Physio how to help her balance.
30-03-2012 10:51 #5
My five year old was a knee walker too, she's now just fine, incredibly switched on but also not a risk taker as a pp just mentioned.
Don't stress, I know it's hard not to
30-03-2012 11:00 #6
I myself was a knee walker/bottom dragger .. basically any way I could get around bar walking!
My mum thought there was something wrong with me because I refused to walk and talk until I was 3!! Imagine that!! She was told not to worry as I was just lazy. Turns out that was true. Once I opened my mouth I was speaking fluently and I didn't walk .. I ran!
I'm sure your DD is perfectly normal.
30-03-2012 13:52 #7
Its interesting that some of you mentioned the risk taking thing. Whilst my DD is in 95% for her height (very tall and skinny!-lucky for some!) she is quite timid. She gets scared easily and isn't to keen to try new things and it takes her a while to warm up to some one or somewhere new. So I do agree that has some thing to do with it.
She will walk to the end of the earth holding my pinky finger but the miute i take my hand away she drops to her knees. She won't even walk behind a walker or pram, she just pushes things on her knees. It does feel never ending at the moment and all her pants are ruined :-( I guess I hoped that by the time the weather started to turn that she would be up and going....its going to be hard to knee walk on the wet ground! Maybe that will motivate her. either that or I am going to be lugging around my giant long child!!!
30-03-2012 22:10 #8
This may sound odd but try getting her to lie down and roll back and forth a bit. That baby stage where they roll around alot builds alot of crucial muscles and helps to sort out thier balance system. If this is slightly immature it may make her feel nervous about walking as she may require more focus to keep her balance. Go slowly with the rolling so you dont make her really dizzy but she may think it's fun. Just make sure that she rolls and equal number of times each way e.g. if she rolls towards her right side over and over 3 times, try and get her to roll 3 times towards her left.
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10-04-2012 17:52 #9
i will try the rolling! thanks!
10-04-2012 20:30 #10
My DD was the same she would walk when encouraged but chose her knees most of the time, she has only been walking properly for 2 months and she is 2 in 13days. It could just be a confidence thing, she will do it when she is ready then look out
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