Baby won’t let go to take steps?

Written by Michelle Yuen, Pediatric PT

👉 Is your little one is standing but won’t take independent steps? Most likely, they need more time! On average, it takes most children 2-3 months from when they are standing/ cruising to start stepping on their own. 

Once your baby is standing, cruising, walking with a push toy, you can start the following activities to encourage walking:

1. Have them start “baby squats” from your lap or from a small stool to practice standing up to a surface. 

2. Have them stand with their back to the wall for support and reach for a toy or bubbles! 

3. Have them stand and play with two hands, with your hands supporting them at the hips.

👉If they have been pulling up and cruising for 4-5 months and still aren’t taking steps on their own, it may be worth seeking professional help to get them started. Children are often walking independently by 12-15 months of age, but there’s a large range of normal for this milestone. It’s always better to seek an evaluation if you have concerns; no need to ‘wait and see’ if your gut tells you there’s a problem!

Early intervention has excellent physical therapy services available for kids aged birth to 3 yrs. 

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An 8-week program for children age 3-6 with sensory processing differences

Children with sensory processing differences have difficulty with regulation, which sometimes makes it difficult for them to interact with the world around them. Our Sensory Explorers group targets regulation in order to build engagement! This group is led by pediatric occupational therapists Mackenzie Baldock (2:30 group) OR Meghan Day (8:30 group) and developmental therapist/PLAY Project Consultant Brenna Thompson, all of whom specialize in using developmentally appropriate strategies to support children so they can learn new skills. Group meets once/week for 60 minutes.

Wondering if this class is appropriate for your child? Some characteristics of kids who benefit: easily frustrated with play, repetitive play, difficulty sitting/keeping still to engage in play, refuses to allow others to engage in play, unable to be messy, overly busy, quickly overwhelmed in a busy environment, picky eater, difficulty tolerating grooming/dressing/diapering routines, struggles with transitions/following a group plan/routine. 

Goals of the group include:

  • Child participating in a variety of sensory play activities
  • Engaging socially with others in the group
  • Providing a non threatening environment where children can experience new sensations with the support of a pediatric Occupational Therapist and PLAY Project consultant
  • Providing personalized resources to caregivers, so they better understand the sensory system and learn strategies to assist their child with regulation outside of group
  • Opportunity to meet with other local families

GROUP MEETS for 8 weeks:  Caregivers must stay on the premises to support their child and learn helpful strategies. Children will separate from caregivers for the session; caregivers can socialize in the lobby (we will also provide a few toys for siblings to play). Caregiver education is a key component of this program. 


OPTIONAL Summary Report available at close of session. This 2 page report will summarize your child’s participation in the class and provide helpful sensory strategies to increase their participation in activities. This report could be given to teachers in classrooms & daycares or utilized to help educate other caregivers about ways to help your child participate. This option includes a 30 minute Zoom meeting with Brenna and MacKenzie/Brenna and Meghan to review the report and discuss your child’s progress in Sensory Explorers. COST: $100 due at sign up