If I’ve learned anything from being parent these last few years it’s this; you never know when your child is going to achieve a major developmental milestone! Noah’s been working hard lately trying to learn to walk on his own. He’s been able to take a few steps on his own for a while now, and he recently learned to stand up on his own, but today, at 22 months old…out of the blue…did something ah-mah-zing….!
Today Noah became an official walker!
Yelp, that’s right. Noah is a full fledged walker! I brought him to a local library story time this morning and were plying in the room after everyone left when he decided to stand up on his own and take a step, then another one, and another one, and another one….and you get the point. I couldn’t believe it! Once he figured out what he was doing, he wouldn’t stop.
Although it won’t always be awesome to have to chase down a toddler, it was certainly awesome today!
What Age Do Children With Down Syndrome Start Walking On Their Own?
One of the questions people often ask is “When do children with Down syndrome walk on their own?” According to the major milestone guidelines children with Down syndrome learn to walk without support 3 steps or more between the ages of 16 and 42 months with the average being 24 months.
Don’t Let A Milestone Chart Steal Your Joy
I know as a parent it’s easy to get caught up on these milestone guidelines, but I want to encourage you to try hard not to. 16-42 months is a wide range, and your child will grow, develop and hit their milestones on their time, now yours. (Our what some text book says.)
If you find yourself becoming consumed with these milestone charts, and feel discouraged because your child isn’t hitting their milestones as soon as some other child, let me give you two pieces of advise:
- Don’t compare your child to any other child, and
- Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small it seems.
I find that practicing these two things helps me focus on Noah and how God is working in his life, rather than how God is working in everyone else’s life.
As President Theodore Roosevelt once said;
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Don’t let someone else’s child (or what your child can’t do) rob you of the overwhelming joy that your child brings. Parenting is way to awesome for that!
A Few Tips To Help Your Child Learn To Walk
We’ve written a lot on our site about Noah learning to walk. For those of you interested in helping your child learn to walk on their own I’ve listed out some of our more popular posts on this topic below. I hope you find them helpful.
- How To Help A Child With Down Syndrome Learn To Walk
- 3 Reasons Why Walking On Textured Surfaces Is Helpful For Toddlers
- The Best Push Toy In the Whole Wide World: The Stride-to-Ride Dino!
- 3 Activities To Do Before Your Child Takes Their First Steps
- 4 Activities to Help Your Child Stand On Their Own
- 5 Benefits Of Using A Therapy Dog When Learning To Walk
- How Your Child With Down Syndrome Can Learn To Walk Using The Treadmill
We’re so proud of our little boy, and my heart is full after seeing him become an official walker! Our son has worked very hard to get to this point, that’s for sure! As a parent there are no words for how your heart feels when you see our child accomplish a major milestone that they have worked so hard to achieve!
Ahhhh….Isn’t it great to be a parent!?
Has your child started walking on their own yet? If so what age was your child when they started walking? Leave a comment and let us know.