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Does Walking At Nine Months Old Hinder A Baby's Intelligence Level In The Future?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012, 8:49:58 PM PDT
Prospero says:
This is an old post and normally I wouldn't reply, but WOW. You have to be kidding me. If anything (and I doubt even this) early walking would increase IQ.

There is some evidence (as far as I can tell anecdotal) that early walking might correlate with coordination issues. And I have to admit my wife was an early walker (pretty much skipped crawling I am told) and she has a few clumsiness issues (bright side is that coffee cups never get that brown stain - they don't live long enough).

I brag about my child way too much I admit - but never at the expense of other children. SHe is advanced in many things, and lags in others. Who knows what the future holds. She loves looking over others - maybe she will be a nurse, or a doctor, or a vet......or a prison guard. I am actually most proud when I see her try to do those things she is not so good at.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012, 11:15:51 AM PDT
Samantha says:
Children born second do walk earlier because they want to catch up to that older child!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012, 11:10:57 AM PDT
Samantha says:
Thanks for mentioning pediatric OT's! Chunky crayons, broken crayons and fat writing tools are easier and help with the development of a mature grasp. Regarding the walking, it's not the walking earlier that is the problem, it is how long they stay crawling, as you said. There are studies that have correlated crawling to math skills. Since crawling incorporates movement that is under items, around items, through items, it provides children with a better understanding of three dimensional space. That understanding is important in learning letter formation, and in the ability to pull up in your mind a three dimensional image. I don't believe the research says that ALL children who crawl for a short time will have this problem, just that there is a correlation. I was not an early walker, crawled for a while and am terrible at math, like geometry. Crawling also has one more benefit-it builds stability in your upper body and shoulder girdle. There is a definite correlation between decreased upper body strength and writing/printing, since good stability is needed at the shoulders for dynamic finger/hand movements to develop.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012, 2:21:38 PM PDT
Well I was a non-crawler and early walker! I walked at 9 months, and I am now currently 24 years old and almost done with two Masters (one in education, and one in counseling psychology). I do not believe that not crawling and walking early has diminished my intelligence in anyway. In fact I graduated with Honors in high school, and have continued to receive A's and some B's throughout college and now into my graduate programs.

And, by the way, I am an excellent reader! This is not just a bias based off of myself, but I have been told by countless others; and I also figure I must be somewhat of a decent reader if I have made it through college and have almost finished two master programs (next year to be exact). :)

This was not to brag or anything, but I just wanted to say that I definitely took offense to the issue that just because you walk sooner you may not be as good of a reader or you may not be as intelligent (but, hey, maybe I'm the exception and not the rule...but I doubt it)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 7:47:45 PM PDT
Julie says:
That dental assistant does need to stick to her profession. Her son's "advanced" status will most likely peter out like others mentioned but he is going to be a rude person just like her.

Anyway, there is some discussion these days about crawling. I have two special needs children and have done research on ways to help them for years. Don't get me wrong, they're both extremely smart they just have glitches in certain areas. Sometimes, taking people with glitches back and having them do crawling-type exercises can help them work through those glitches. I don't think walking early has much to do with any of it though. My four children walked at different ages. My earliest walker is one that has glitches but she's very smart. A bit of a late bloomer in some ways. Reading didn't click for her till she was 7 but once it did, she took off with it. She's now an excellent reader. She's quite the book worm and tests above her older sister in reading levels. My son has language delays but he's also an excellent reader. He crawled a little late but walked at about a year.

My younger cousin started speaking at a very young age and walking at 9 months. She crawled early and a lot. She's very smart. She didn't do well in school for various reasons that don't have anything to do with crawling or walking. She's made a few mistakes in her life but she's still young and is learning from those mistakes and solidly on the path to correcting them. I think she's going to do very well in life.

People are very competitive these days and some love to brag about their children. Don't let something a dental assistant said get to you. I really doubt she's any kind of expert. Just enjoy your grandson for who he is and encourage and support him in all he does. That's what makes children successful.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 2:22:25 PM PDT
Naturalista says:
Oh my gosh, I can't even believe I am reading this conversation. I have 13 children and my first (21) and latest (1) both walked at 9 months. My children have always been way beyond the (average) child development milestones. They are very bright kids and so are their parents. The biggest thing for me has to been to stimulate them, give them lots of opportunities to experience life and to be there to support them. Whether they turn out genius or not is really not my concern. I want them to be the best that THEY can be, not what other people can be. My 21 has just graduated from UVA with a degree in Biology. The 1 year old runs the house. Give children the best of support and leave them the heck alone.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012, 11:10:35 PM PDT
Bronson says:
that dentist assistant doesnt no nothing. all of mines familyies started walking like 12-16 mounths old or somthing and wear all not tu smart. who does she thnk she is. Id a custed her out. its like shes saing you did not walk un till you was 15 mounths then you shold be smat or somthing. that is not true.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012, 10:15:15 AM PDT
Craig Mann says:
@Beans, I think your study may be correct because clearly posters are failing to READ the follow-up comments... they are only responding to the title so they can brag about themselves or their children.

I am still wondering when someone is going to actually CONTRIBUTE to the conversation by providing links to publications/studies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012, 9:39:40 AM PDT
Beans says:
Just to clarify the study said that crawling helps a child with reading. It had nothing to do with IQ, math skills or being a good person.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012, 10:25:47 PM PDT
My older son was crawling very early and walking earlier than other children his age as well, it has nothing to do with intelligence. He was doing calculus at college level in 5th grade. So much for these theories. He also became a career marine and served 2 terms in Afghanistan. He is 6'5 very handsome and has a very high IQ. But not just IQ his Emotional intelligence is outstanding as well. No mother can stop bragging about her children :) The kind and courteous thing to do is just be considerate of others. No child develops in the exact same way. I have 2 sons. Equally smart equally ambitious my younger joined the army and also served two terms in Afghanistan. He wants to be a Police man when he gets out of the army. He said "I was born to protect the innocent". He went from sitting, to grabbing onto the table and walking holding on to the furniture. Almost no crawling at all. Your baby is Your baby, every single one is precious and a joy to watch as they learn and develop. Don't listen to anyone, just cherish every single moment, they grow up way too fast :)

Posted on Jun 12, 2012, 2:04:03 PM PDT
Rachael says:
My child walked very well at ten months. He is only 2 so we have yet to see how this affects reading--BUT, he walked so early that the only crawl he ever did was a sniper crawl on elbows, with his legs dragging behind him. Because of this, he had very weak wrists, poor finger coordination and a weak pincer grasp, and had to have occupational therapy for fine motor skills from 21-24 months. There is truth in the saying that you must "crawl before you walk". He is in speech therapy, but it is for genetic issues involving his mouth and tongue--restricted oral movement due to overgrowth of the lingual frenulum. He is incredibly smart and met most of his milestones well ahead of schedule (we know because he was tested and evaluated by professionals multiple times before starting therapy).

As a side note--I walked well at 11 or 12 months and was reading at 3 years. At 10 years I was tested and found to be a college level reader (they called it "grade 13" because there wasn't really a category set up for that high of a level). The only issues I had during my school years were with certain kinds of mathematics. I believe genes play the largest part in academic success, with parental support coming in a close second.

It was wrong of the woman to brag and even worse that she belittled another person's child.

If a child shows interest in a skill, promote it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 5:59:04 AM PDT
I have seen so many home taught children that walk earlier,speak fluently, clearly, better manners and a LOVING HOME. Believe me thats whats important. Also going to Sunday school adds moral training which sex education just teaches the opposite. We are in the ME generation. Anything that I think is good, is ok to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012, 1:04:15 PM PDT
Oh brother! Why would this woman say something as silly as that -- knowing full well that this unsolicited "advice" would surely hurt your feelings? My son (now 24 years old -- 25 in a few months) walked at 9 months and ran at 10 months! He is an avid reader with an extremely high IQ. I just remember my top job was to keep a watchful eye to keep him out of danger. He would head directly for staircases! This woman should mind her own business and keep her comments to herself. Your precious grand baby will be fine. Congrats on becoming a Grand Ma Ma!

Posted on Jun 8, 2012, 4:58:10 AM PDT
S. B. says:
I walked at 6.5 months and was always top of my class. I tested at a very high I.Q. in elementary school. Graduated from high school and college with honors, and now moving on to graduate school. I never crawled and I do read slowly, but that hasn't affected my intelligence.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012, 4:46:45 AM PDT
C.B. says:
She was being bitchy. Just ignore her. If anything, your granddaughter will learn more because she's walking and exploring. Anyway, one of the ways that people gauge a baby's progress is by looking at when they hit certain milestones.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012, 4:59:43 PM PDT
After spending the last 15 years working as a statistician, I can guarantee you that I could compile a statistically significant study showing there is a correlation between amount of dirt eaten as a child and future IQ scores. Bottom line, there are just some things that don't necessarily correlate in a STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT way. Yes, there may be correlations of some degree, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Children come in all shapes and sizes. They crawl, walk and talk at different ages. There are so many variants that saying one single attribute predicts future intelligence is ludicrous. Congrats on having such a sharp grand baby. May he be a blessing for you and your family.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012, 11:03:18 AM PDT
Stacy says:
Unless I hear it from my child's pediatrician, I try not to worry about that kind of corrective advice/theories from other people. Being a mom is hard enough without getting involved in all the "mompetition" going on. Don't let others make you feel like you're doing things wrong just because your children turn out differently from theirs! A loving, happy childhood is all we have control over providing. The rest has to come as life determines.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012, 8:17:29 AM PDT
Lizzy K says:
My son never crawled. He scooted around for a while and was up and walking before a year old (I don't remember exactly when). He taught himself to read between 3 and 4 years old and is now considered to be gifted by his teachers. He's also gifted at math. I don't buy those studies, children are far too varied for one theory to explain how all children work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 11:50:08 AM PDT
NiteOOwl says:
Tree Hugger - My first child never crawled, either. She just stood up and started walking at 9 months. At that time, 1964 (yes I'm old), early walking was a sign of intelligence and it proved to be true in her case.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 6:33:47 PM PDT
Nita D says:
Must have been a very old study!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012, 5:55:07 PM PDT
Deanna Tate says:
My son walked at 9 months old, read at the age of 4. Knew the alphabet and numbers to 100 by the age of 3. He did well in school and had a very happy disposition. He is now 25, Lead man of a section in a farm equipment factory, with between 4 and 6 people under him. Expert welder with no training, solves design problems,again with no training, and absolutely loves his job. If anything walking early is a sign of high intelligence and should be encouraged. So I agree,walking early does not make your child less intelligent and people need to wake up and stop being so ignorant about child development. Let your child grow the way they were meant to...the rest will work itself out!

Posted on Jun 3, 2012, 4:55:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2012, 5:56:29 PM PDT
Flower Chica says:
Do people seriously think there's a correlation between reading and crawling? I'm sorry - it just sounds absurd. I would think walking early and temperament are more connected than reading and walking. This is one of those ideas that I think was born out of our generations futile attempts to raise perfect people. We're so hell bent on raising geniuses that we desperately look for proof that we are doing the right thing. Kids walk when they are ready - plain and simple. Yet somehow I can see some misguided parent knocking their baby over when they try to stand because they fear it will somehow reduce their reading ability if they stand up and walk.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012, 1:25:01 PM PST
Don't feed the troll, folks, and it will quietly go away...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012, 11:27:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2012, 11:28:53 AM PST
... says:
great name
You too must have supernatural abilities if you can recall 'refusing' to walk/crawl at 8 months or so.
Please do the world a favor and have your brain donated to science. This incredible story certainly suggests you have a brain that is superior to all of us mere mortals.

p.s. What was delivery like?
Two spanks on the bottom or just one?

Posted on Dec 27, 2011, 11:11:12 AM PST
Craig Mann says:
Wow. Just happened to notice this thread while looking for baby products (have an 11 month old). 95% of these posts are fueled by mompetition (which is exactly what has caused this thread in the first place) ... are you people posting to educate or brag?

Here it is simplified so maybe a hole can be dug for this thread: everyone is different.

I guarantee you will not find a double-blind, third-party-funded study that suggests that there is a link between walking ability and cognitive learning ability. If you know of such a publication, please share a link to the document here. Otherwise, people, really? Can we be more egocentric?
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