My little babe just turned 18 months old, and one day after this milestone half birthday, she finally got up on her feet and walked. She first walked across her bedroom to me, and by the afternoon she was walking all over the house.
By “standards” (whatever that means) 18 months is at the end of the spectrum when it comes to walking. My doctor warned me at our 16 month visit that she really needed to walk soon (“but why?!” I wanted to yell, and should have).
While we were on vacation over the holidays we were stopped by a woman by the pool who began to tell us (unprompted) that there is a national service that we could contact (not knowing that we are Canadian. I believe this is an American service). They would send a therapist to our house a few times a week to try to teach our girl how to walk. This of course upset me to no end, but why should it? Why do we get so hung up on these “milestones” that babies are supposed to reach at a certain time? Olive has always been slow when it comes to the movement milestones. She was slow to roll over when she was an infant, and she was slow to crawl. But looking back on it I realize that she did roll over eventually, and once she started crawling there was no stopping her.
Who is to say that it is a problem if your child isn’t hitting all of their milestones on the head? I understand that if it goes on for too long and there is an actual developmental issue then that is a different case. But who cares if a child is a few months behind schedule? I wish that this conversation was not so uptight and that this added pressure was not forced up on parents at every turn. Let’s work together to end parent shaming!
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