So, Your Baby Still Isn’t Walking? Guess Nobody Told Him to Worry about Milestones.

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Mothers are very well accustomed to milestones, are they not? If you don't believe me, ask any pregnant woman how many weeks along she is. She'll know exactly how many weeks and days that she's had that bun cooking in the oven. 

While their baby's being grown, there are specific milestones that women typically follow: growth of major intestines begins in Baby's body at week 5; arms and legs start to make a more defined appearance at week 7; muscles throughout the baby's body start to develop completely, making Baby able to open and close his/her hands at week 12. Don't act like you weren't on of those moms who checked your baby's growth on some sort of app.

But once your baby is born, milestones don't happen as systematically as they did pre-birth. There isn't a set month or week when your baby will start to scoot across the ground, nor is there a set date when you and your baby decide that potty training is the way to go or when your baby decides to sleep through the night.

It just doesn't work that way. (Unfortunately.) 

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So I can see why it's kinda tough — that uncertainty of not knowing when your baby is going to hit some major milestones that will literally help him walk into adulthood. The milestones, while they still definitely exist, are a little more varied.

I know of a little girl that was walking at 6 months, which is crazy. I also know of a little boy who needed help walking because he hit his year mark and decided that scooting across the floor was more efficient than walking or running. But guess what? They both walk just fine now, despite them hitting those milestones at a different time.

Just like measuring the milestones during pregnancy, making checklists is also for baby development post-birth. In an article from Yahoo Parenting, Stephen Caramata, Ph.D., author of The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child Is You, said, “Tying age to these stages can be useful in determining whether a child is developing differently than others — earlier or later.” However, he goes on to say that you shouldn't necessarily get all worked up if your child isn't hitting these stages when the rest of the neighborhood babies are. 

All in all, the rate in which babies hit milestones and progress varies just as much as their personalities, so don't get too worried if your baby seems to be a couple of months behind the neighbor baby. Your little one will get there soon enough.

How did your baby develop? Was he/she a quick learner? Did your little one end up being a late bloomer? Let us know in the comments. We love hearing about your babies!

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Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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