March 2011 Archives

March 20, 2011

Baby #2 - Walking alone at 9 months, doing well...

filed under: Choline Benefits Personal Experience
Our second child is now 10 months old and doing well.  She started walking while holding a single finger of mine at 7 months, and finally started releasing my finger and walking without any support (for 5 to 10 steps) at about 9 months 2 weeks or 3 weeks.  Now at a little over 10 months - she's walking all the way down our hallway - about 30 or 40 steps, and has no problem spinning turning around, standing still for 10 seconds or more, picking up stationary objects by leaning down to the ground and then standing up. 

She is a behind by a week or two in all of this compared to our fist child - but given that this is child number 2, we didn't have nearly the amount of time to spend with her compared the first child.  Given this - I actually think the second child is probably advancing more quickly (for a given amount of teaching effort on our part)  than the first child.

Child #1 - is now 28 months old (2 years, 4 months) and I just noticed that he now knows his right and left hands and feet consistently.  This isn't something I watch too closely - but today we asked him to point out her right and left - and had no problems at all.  It seems like he's got the concept of "rightness" and "leftness" down - which I think is pretty surprising.  My wife and I think we personally had it much later in life - but I have no idea what is normal in this area.  I think I'll do a little research on this.

A quick search seems to suggest that the normal range for learning "left" and "right" is between 3 and 6 years - seems like maybe Choline has helped here.

Links where "when children learn right from left" is discussed:

"Can identify right and left hands fairly consistently". by age 6

 "between 3 to 5 years"

"as early as 3 years"

In other areas things seem to be going well too - he can count to 20, and knows the alphabet (though he's known the ABC song since around 17 months or so).