J.S. asks from Chaska, MN on March 21, 2007
Crawling...or Lack There Of...
My eight month old refuses to crawl. He scoots around and rolls, and oftentimes I leave him in one place to find him in another, but he has no interest in actually getting on all fours. He usually cries and rolls away when I try to put him in the position. If I put a toy out of his reach, he stares at it for a minute, and then tries to scoot/reach for something else.
Everyone tells me not to worry, that each develop at their own pace and all that...but I can't help but feel like he's behind.
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So What Happened?™
So thank you everyone for your wonderful words of advice and encouragement. My little one just started actually on all fours crawling, now he's ten months. He's also pulling himself halfway up on things, and started REALLY talking all at the same time. Soooo I worried for naught, and he's just a little ball of energetic trouble now! :) Again, thanks. Your messages helped this first time mom out TREMENDOUSLY!
C.E. answers from Janesville-Beloit on March 13, 2008
Try chiropratic care. If he was a C-section birth than you may really want to consider it. My son was and he had a hard time crawling..... he was a outstanding roller however. I guess with a C-section the shoulders are pinned together to allow an easier exit through the opening. It took about 6 weeks before we saw what he should have been able to do from birth (with his shoulder).
T.R. answers from Milwaukee on March 29, 2007
Everything I've read says that many kids skip crawling, and instead use their own unique way of moving around (roll, scoot, wiggle, etc) until they go to the walking stage.
(My son is 7+ month old & doesn't look like he'll ever attempt to crawl...He spins around by using his hands to rotate himself!)
When my sister's had their kids my mom said it was vital they crawl before walking, so I was worried. But that's no longer the belief. The 2 pediatricians I've spoken to (at 2 diff practices) both said it'll be just fine--whether they crawl at a "late" age or if they don't crawl at all.
Best of luck!
M.K. answers from Minneapolis on March 22, 2007
He IS fine, and he WILL develop at his own pace. (I know I'm a teacher!) A couple of things that may help... a little motivation. Put a forbidden toy in front of him 6-7 feet (say a remote control, some paper, or a cell phone). If/once he gets it, let him play with it monitored for a few minutes (let's face it remote controls, cell phones, and paper are not so safe alone, but are oh-so-fun and safe if you're watching.) Another thing that really helped my little guy was lots of independent play time on the floor. Spread toys out all over the place and let him be unless he wants you. You've probably already done this, but I always hear people complain about their kids not crawling, and come to find out the child spends most of the day in the exersaucer, walker, jumparoo, ect. or spends most of the day with someone at his or her beck and call. Kids crawl out of a need and desire to explore their world. If the need and desire aren't quite there, it may help to instill some with independent floor playtime and some monitored motivators!! Best of luck--can't wait to hear when he crawls!
A.B. answers from Sheboygan on March 21, 2007
My daughter was about to start crawling at 6 1/2 months and then wound up with a broken leg. She just got her cast off this week(on her 8month b-day) and now has to relearn how to sit up. I was hoping she would be crawling by now also, but she will do it when she is ready.
I did not crawl at all as a baby. And I accually didn't walk until I was 2!(had a sister that did everything for me). On the other hand, I could whistle at 6months and talk fluently at 1year. So the other mommies are right, your baby is probably working on other developments and will work on mobility when it becomes more important.
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on March 22, 2007
Crawling is not one of those developmental things they have to do, so please do not worry! My son took forever to crawl...I think he was almost 10 months. Then he started walking around 11 months. Enjoy the time you have now. Soon you'll be chasing him all over the house!
J.A. answers from Minneapolis on March 22, 2007
My name is J. also. I have a wonderful 11 1/2 month old girl named Sophia. She to seemed behind all the other little ones in her daycare as far as crawling. She seemed so content just sitting in her spot. I was starting to wonder as well, even with everyone saying each child has their own schedule. Hopefully to make you feel better, she just started crawling about 3 weeks ago. So she was almost 11 months. And once they start...look out....she has progressed her skill level about 10 percent every day. Now she is dabbling with standing....pulling herself up...kneeling without holding onto anything. So believe me...it'll happen, just like everyone says. Then you really get to watch and chase them. :) It is a lot of fun, but enjoy where you are now. It'll happen.
Good luck and enjoy every stage! I know I am.
N.B. answers from St. Cloud on March 22, 2007
I'm with everyone else, J.. I'd say don't worry about it. When he finally decides to crawl... or more likely walk, you will wish he was still scootin' around! I've known several children that wouldn't do ANYTHING until about a year and then heaven help their parents! Grant is normal... on his own schedule... so relax and enjoy chuckling as he scoots around the house! ;o)
C.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 21, 2007
My daughter walked at 9 months and never really crawled. She learned to crawl after walking but never really had any interest.
Hope that helps.
M.H. answers from Sheboygan on March 22, 2007
my son did the same thing and when he finally started to crawl he did it for 2 days. he hated it. i am not kidding you, then he got up and started to walk. he walked at 9 months old like he had been doing it forever. don't worry about it. not every baby has to crawl and not every baby is the same. your baby is not "behind" because he won't crawl!!!!
S.G. answers from Milwaukee on March 22, 2007
i actually read up on crawling. it actually is not a milestone. my daughter is 7 months and isnt crawling either but instead she rolls or plays leap frog by herself. atleast that is what she looks like she's doing. maybe the toy you put out of reach wasn't a toy that he wanted at the time. dont worry he'll crawl when he is ready or youll be one of the lucky ones and he'll just get up and walk/run. i hope you find this helpful at all.
B.W. answers from La Crosse on March 22, 2007
Hi J., my kids are older now, 10 and 15. My 10 year old daughter did not ever crawl. She scooted on her bottom across the floor. She looked like an amputee. She just never wanted or tried to crawl. I've talked to other mothers since whose children have done the same thing. It's normal and there's nothing to be worried about!