Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Baby Boy Bypasses Crawling, Starts Walking at 6 Months

While babies his age were still learning to crawl, 6 month old Xavier decided there was more to life and he could get there faster by walking. Born to Mary and David King in July last year, Xavier surprised his parents by circumventing the usual developmental path taken by babies his age and started taking his first steps at the tender age of 6 months.
Says first time mom Mary, ‘It was such a shock. We couldn't believe it. I never thought for one moment he would be walking at six months. Most children don't until they are a year.’
Usually babies reach out for objects at 3-4 months, try to pull themselves up and crawl by the age of 6 to 9 months and start walking on their own between 12 and 18 months. However, Xavier born as a healthy 9lb 1oz baby started showing signs of being a fast learner even at the age of 3 months when he was already sitting up. But his parents were not expecting him to take his first baby steps even before he learned to crawl.

'It was just amazing when he got up and started putting one leg in front of the other,' said Mary. 'The only problem now is that I can't leave him alone so have had to buy a play pen so he doesn't get into any mischief.’

There is definitely a need for the Kings to be careful as Xavier’s leg are getting stronger by the day and he can already cover 6 feet on his own. Mary believes that a bouncing chair she got for Xavier might have helped develop and strengthen the leg muscles as neither Mary nor her husband David were early walkers like him. 

Dr. Martin Ward Platt, a child development expert says, 'To be quite so precocious with your walking is extremely uncommon.  For his parents, it simply brings forward the moment you need eyes in the back of your head.' - Atula, Staff Writer

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