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How soon should my child be walking or cruising?

By Magdalena Oledzka, PT, MBA, PCS, pediatric physical therapist and pediatric rehabilitation section manager at the CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York

Walking is another activity that has a wide range of normal. If your child is “cruising,” (holding on to furniture and stepping sideways), then they are moving in the right direction.  In general, 10 to 15 months is considered normal. If your child is not walking by 15 months, you should talk to your pediatrician or physical therapist to see if there is some weakness or tightness that is preventing them. Early walkers are typically slimmer, while heavier babies sometimes walk later because they require more muscle strength and control. Walking is also to an extent based on the child’s personality and curiosity to explore.

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