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Learning To Walk: Slugs, Snails And Puppy Dog Tales

20/10/2010 06:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

I kicked off this column with a piece on how my twins wouldn't walk , way back in July when they were 17 months. I was sick of the backbreaking toil of carrying round two substantial would-be toddlers and couldn't wait for them to take their first steps.

Jonah was pretty quick to oblige and by August I was recording his first steps. Fast forward to late October and Zach is still stubbornly crawling around and I am beginning to worry.

I have read tips on how to get him to walk and I have bought him all the walker toys you can find. He now dashes around the house pushing everything from the Vtech First Steps baby walker so loved by his brother, to the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe which he loves to push directly into the stairs with his brother on board like an infant version of Dodgems.

But will he walk without these props? Will he heck. The moment he realises that he is walking unaided it's like in a cartoon when the character realises they have just run off a cliff and all that his keeping them up is the mad churning of their legs, and down they come with a crash.

This weekend he walked three steps all on his own, twice, but each time he realised his great feat he came crashing down onto his bottom with a wail. Still I am hoping this signifies the beginning of the end of crawling at long last.

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