L.H. asks from Las Vegas, NV on January 21, 2008
How to Go to Scooting or Crawling?
My son is almost 9 months old and he still is not scooting or crawling. Other kids that I know had already starting to do this by 9 months, or alteast the scooting. I've tried putting objects of his interest in front of him just past his reaching distance so he can try to move himself towards it. But he gets really fussy and upset or he'll just roll over from his tummy and fuss. Any other suggestions?
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So What Happened?™
And he's got it!!! Just earlier today he started to push himself off with his tip toes and using one arm to move himself in the direction and the other to grab the object that he has eyeballed. Thank you to everyone who has giving me the encouragement to keep motivating him and the patience to stick with it. I just needed to give him the time and let him do it on his own time. Thanks again.
D.K. answers from Denver on January 22, 2008
Every child is different and motivated differently. Stop trying so hard and he will do it when he is ready and probably when you least expect it. My daughter didn't crawl until almost 11 mos, didn't walk until 14 mos and I remember being so worried. Then my son came along and was completely different and started crawling at 6 mos and walked at 11 mos. My daughter used to roll herself to get a toy, hee hee. Then one day it happened, then the walking shortly followed by running and the rest is history! Hang in there and just be patient!
K.B. answers from Colorado Springs on January 21, 2008
My youngest son would do the same thing, around this stage. I think your doing the right thing by putting objects of interest in front of him. I would continue to do that every day but don't freak out when he start getting fussy. With My son, who is now 2, I would let him be fussy for a few minutes(not so much it breaks your heart)but just enough to really get him moving and before you know it his scooting all around. And don't let anyone discourage you, not all kids start crawling or just scooting around, at the same age. Maybe double check with your pediatrician but I would say just stay patient!!
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R.H. answers from Denver on January 22, 2008
I would get a developmental evaluation and look into early intervention under Part C of IDEA. It is free to families and if your child qualifies, you may be able to get some PT about 4x/month. Go to www.earlychildhoodconnections.org, find the CCB in your area, and call the early childhood department to put in a referral.
Here's another handout that shows some developmental milestones for a baby/child's development until age five:
R.H. answers from Las Vegas on January 24, 2008
Some babies start younger than others. Some babies walk before they crawl. Try putting his favorite toys across the room from him. Have your doctor check to make sure it is not something physical. I raised five kids, they all started at different ages, including my twins. Good Luck.
H.F. answers from Colorado Springs on January 26, 2008
The best advice I can give is to wait and if your concern is overwhelming to contact your pediatrician. However knowing this much as I have three under the age of 5. I know that they all did thier own things at thier own time. There was never a race or never a time I would say, " see look what it says in this book, you are supposed to be doing abc..." Do you get my drift? Just stay positive and cheerful with him and in time he will come through.
S.G. answers from Albuquerque on January 23, 2008
There is no set age for crawling (scooting) or creeping (what most people call crawling). There are ranges and percentages, instead. Your son may or may not be delayed. Someone would have to look at a bigger picture than those two things. Is he pushing up on his forearms, pivoting, coming up on all fours, grabbbing toys, etc? He may need help or his body may need more time in this stage for whatever reason. It sure wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor. In the meantime, tempt him to push up with his hands and arms, pivot, and turn.
J.L. answers from Tucson on January 26, 2008
Don't worry at all. It sounds like he's developing very normally. Some kids crawl by 9 months, some don't. There's actually a very wide age range that is normal for crawling or walking. I heard something like, if your child isn't even trying to be mobile by 18 months, then you should ask your doctor about it.
My daughter crawled at 7 months, my son is 9 months and hasn't crawled yet. My friend's daughter didn't crawl until she was a year. Other friends' children didn't crawl until 10 or 11 months. Don't sweat it - each child is different. :-)
A.R. answers from Denver on January 21, 2008
It sounds like you are doing all the right things to encourage him, but you can't make a baby do what he is not ready to do. The way I used to look at it when I was a new mom, was that babies usually focus on one skill at a time and he is probably working on something else. Before you know it he will be moving and grooving and life will never be the same! Please try not to stress out about it, babies do things in their own time. Best of luck!
A.N. answers from Grand Junction on January 21, 2008
Don't worry about it. My son didn't start walking until at least 11 months, and it was only a few weeks before that he started crawling. Don't push it, children all develop at their own pace. a girlfriends youngest son didn't start talking until he was nearly four! just enjoy that little boy and have fun.