I don’t know about you, but my three offspring all started walking at very different times. My eldest, Mr Large walked at ten months. It was crazy. He was like a little drunk staggering round everywhere. We had to put everything out of reach and locks on cupboards, the toilet. This became a huge favourite of his. He was obsessed with lifting the lid.
Miss Medium on the other hand took a far more relaxed approach to the whole thing and didn’t start until 16 months. When she did start she was (and still is) a tippy toe walker. I had to get her checked out by our local GP because I knew that it was possibly linked to some other issues. Thankfully it was deemed to be absolutely fine. She still tries to walk on her tippy toes but her runners make it a bit more difficult.
Mr Small probably wouldn’t have bothered walking at all. I think he would have happily spent his entire life being carried or being taken everywhere in a pram. Only curiosity and a desire to beat his brother and sister to any surprises on offer became a big incentive for him.
In contrast, my girlfriend Nat has a little one called Richard. Richard is a bum shuffler. It is quite possibly one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t crawl on all fours at all. Her doctor has reassured her it’s perfectly normal and that Richard may in fact walk a bit later. This is apparently because bum shufflers can get hold of things and move round with them. In contrast crawlers can’t do both so they do actually need to get up to get the object they want.
Every bub seems to start off differently. There’s also the cruisers who spend those few months giving their parents heart failure. They use furniture to get themselves round often pulling lots of things down in the process. And then there’s the knee walkers who are a bit more unusual but it’s still a mode of transport.
Every bub starts off differently. What did yours do when they got mobile? How did you cope?