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I have a 15-month-old who's been walking for a couple of months. If he comes to anything unusual, like an uneven part of the sidewalk or a small step, he doesn't even try to step over it. He'll just stop and wait for me to help him, or drop down and crawl over it. Is it normal for him to be so cautious?

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I think it is a wonderful trait for a child to be cautious. You are raising a smart child for sure.

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Yes, just think of how many times he's fallen down learning to walk. A toddlers depth perception is developing and he doesn't know what he's facing - teach him to go around or hold his hand as he figures out how to get over it - he soon will master the lumps and bumps of side walks, little step downs, etc. and you wish he would hold your hand

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As a toddler just starting out walking, I would think this is normal. He is unsure of new things as this whole experience is new to him. He trusts you to guide him through things he doesn't understand and therefore is cautious on his own.

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I had one toddler like this, and one who was pretty much the opposite. The cautious one is now 8 and still cautious about new things. I do value this trait, but I am a worrier and tend toward anxiety myself, so I try to encourage her to be a little more bold and confident.

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