10 Month Old Not Crawling Yet

Updated on March 20, 2008
K.F. asks from Great Falls, MT
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Hello...my 10 month old daughter isn't crawling yet. She actually hates being on her hands and knees. What should I do?

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C.F.

answers from Boise on

K. don't worry about it. Some kids don't crawl they go right to walking. Enjoy this time when you can still keep up with her. If it really bothers you then think about getting her into a walker that moves around (remember safety first) and see what she does.

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R.P.

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I have a 14 yr old daughter and an 11 yr old son, and neither of them ever crawled! They have no deficiencies or problems because of it. In fact they are both excellent, avid athletes and two of the fastest kids I know.

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M.R.

answers from Denver on

My daughter took a while to crawl as well. About 13 months she decided to really start crawling. Just went from no movement to all crawling. She skipped over all the precrawl movements. She was also slow to walk (15months) but she's running now and is 19 months. As my husband kept saying, do you see any adults still crawling? Not to worry, they all come around.

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J.N.

answers from Missoula on

K.,

It's ok! My oldest, my daughter, didn't start crawling until she was 10 months old. My son, just started crawling at 11 months. Enjoy the fact that she isn't mobile yet. I was also worried when our son wasn't crawling at 11 months. She may skip crawling and go straight to walking. If this is really concerning you, talk to your pediatrician. Just know you aren't alone on this!

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A.G.

answers from Pocatello on

I won't worry about it. My sisters son didn't start to crawl until he was 11 months and even then it was just the army crawl. and he didn't walk until he was 15 or 16 months. She was really worried but her doc. told her that all babies are different and they will crawl and walk when they are ready and just let them take their time. My daughter also never really crawled. She started to at about 8 1/2 months and after about a week of that she was up walking around. So all babies are different and your little girl will crawl or walk when she feels ready.

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Y.L.

answers from Grand Junction on

Have her get some craniosacral therapy. Y. Lange,
craniosacral therapist and Certified Brain Integration Practioner. ###-###-####

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C.F.

answers from Denver on

my daughter skipped crawling and walked. she learned to crawl after walking. we encouraged her to crawl and she still crawls when playing. she's watching her big brother and he doesn't crawl - she wants to do what he's doing!

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M.A.

answers from Denver on

Our little guy didn't crawl until 15 months so I would say not to worry about it either. We had a physical therapist check him out just to be on the safe side and she recommended putting him in the crawling position and then putting something out of his reach (like a favorite toy). She also recommended being behind him and guiding his hips so his legs would move forward crawling and the hands would follow. All my best!

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K.G.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Don't worry about it, unless he is showing signs of not progressing in other areas. If he is sitting up, he will eventually be bored and want to start venturing around. My oldest never crawled but went straight to walking. Each child progresses at their own pace, so chances are he is fine!

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A.S.

answers from Salt Lake City on

My oldest son didn't crawl until AFTER he walked, at 12 months. Everyone told me he needed to crawl first, some sort of developmental order, but he is now 8 and is just fine! He hated being on his stomach when he was a baby, and like yours, he hated being on his hands and knees. Don't worry, she will crawl eventually....

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A.A.

answers from Grand Junction on

K. -

I understand wholeheartedly your situation. My son will be a year old on A. 2nd and he is not "crawling" yet. He will scoot himself backward to a degree, but mainly just turns himself in circles on his butt for what he wants. Anything too out of reach and he hollers. We have had a tough time with family members commenting as he has a cousin who is 2 months older than he is and is already walking.

I have to keep reminding myself and my husband that every child is different and they all advance at their own pace. Also, if your child was premature at all, mine was a whole month early, then they tend to advance at what their real age is.

One of my favorite books is "What to Expect The First Year". It has been a wonderful source of information.

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A.H.

answers from Grand Junction on

Many kids go straight from rolling over to walking. Encourage her to stand, put her in shallow water with floaties, surround her with tables so she can walk in circles, then let her go in circles around a table. Keep an eye on how she uses her feet. She should use her toes almost exclusively first, then change to flat footed. When she does, put her in shoes all the time. She should quickly be comfortable with moving around on her feet.

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J.K.

answers from Pueblo on

My 9-month-old (7.5 age-adjusted for premie) also hates tummy time... I am following the developmental milestones and realize it's important for them to crawl -- but my friend, a well-respected occupational therapist in the school system regionally, said not to worry -- they do what they do when they do -- and no one knows the difference in 20 years! LOL

So enjoy her immobility... I'm going to as long as it takes for my munchkin to stay still! :-) Have a great one!

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M.

answers from Denver on

Neither one of my daughters crawled until right before their first birthday. With my oldest we tried everything (she too hated being on her tummy) Our doctor kept telling us not to worry. Sure enough a week before she turned one she was crawling! She then walked at 16 months. My son crawled at eight months. Then my third child, just didn't want to crawl. I think kids really do just learn on their own time, and no matter what you do she will crawl when she is ready. I would say just try for like 15 minutes a day to put her on her tummy, and move her hands and feet, and put things just a little out of her reach, so at least she is attempting. And it will put your mind at ease a little more:)

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S.S.

answers from Missoula on

No worries. I am the mother of 4 kids, two girls (14, 17) and two boys (11,13) Neither one of my girls ever crawled. they simply went straight to walking around one year old.

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H.G.

answers from Pueblo on

I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter didn't crawl unti she was almost 10 months. Now she's 11 1/2 months and is hard to keep up with. I kinda miss the non mobile days. I used to be able to set her down to get dinner started and when I came back, ther she'd be...right in the same spot I left her. Now, even with a baby proofed house, she still finds ways to get herself into trouble. LOL. Does your daughter use other ways of getting around (like rolling or scooting)? Maybe she'll just skip crawling. I hear lots of babies do that.

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S.W.

answers from Denver on

At the preschool I worked at, there was a 15 month old who never crawled...she sort of belly scooted around. One day, at 15 months, she just got up and started walking around! AND we loved this little girl...it was so clear to us how smart she was. I'm not saying everything is fine or that something is wrong...I don't know. You can always call the pediatrician and ask about this for some peace of mind. Can't hurt!

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S.B.

answers from Denver on

I also have a 10 month old daughter who is barely in the last couple of days starting to crawl. She always hated being on her stomach. I think part of her problem is she has older siblings who would get her anything she wanted--she didn't have to work for it. FYI crawling isn't one of the developmental milestones pediaticians look at. I really don't have much advice on getting her to crawl--I only know she will do it when she is good and ready. One thing I did do though was put something she wanted just outside her reach so she would try to get it. In the meantime, enjoy her immobility!! It will be over before you know it and then you'll wish she never learned.

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S.B.

answers from Salt Lake City on

No worries. Kids have their own timing. Both my girls were crawling by 6 months and walking by 9 or 10 months. They have a cousin that WOULD not crawl. She refused to even stand up with help to walk until 18 months. Now she runs around with the rest of the kids, usually faster! If you're really concerned, talk to the pediatrician. It doesn't sound to me like anything is wrong, she just has no desire to crawl. Perfectly normal!

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D.K.

answers from Denver on

If you are concerned always take these concerns to your Pediatrician. Some kids go straight to walking and skip crawling. My daughter didn't crawl well until 9 mos and didn't walk until 14 mos. My son however was the opposite and crawled at 6 mos and was walking at 10 mos. So every child is different in when they hit milestones. Is she making any attempt to move herself?? Some kids roll or inch their way in different ways. If she is making no attempt to get to point A to point B then I would bring this up to your Dr and see what they think? Make sure her legs get built up in strength by having her stand at a table with you holding her hands and make sure she has the muscle tone she needs to have if she is going to crawl or walk. Is she pulling up on anything?

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S.M.

answers from Billings on

Don't worry about it. My daughter didn't walk until 16 months when most walk at a year. We are all the same, we are all different. Maybe she is going to be one that doesn't crawl and just starts walking. You might mention it to the Pediatrician during your next check-up if things haven't changed.

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S.P.

answers from Great Falls on

Each child developes at their own pace. I wouldn't worry yet. Just play with her on the floor and maybe she'll learn that way. Have fun and Good luck!!!

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C.H.

answers from Denver on

My middle daughter crawled at age 4.5 months, doing stairs within days after that date, but she never SAT. We had to teach her how to sit at age 11 months.

It's all normal. In a year, you'll laugh that you were concerned about this. Have fun!

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E.B.

answers from Provo on

I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter did crawl but most of my siblings never wanted to. They were too interested in getting up and walking. One day they were sitting and the next they were pulling themselves up onto things to walk around. Look at it this way... At least you don't have to worry about getting worn out knee's in all her clothes!

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N.H.

answers from Boise on

Honestly, you don't need to worry about her not crawling. My first daughter never did EVER crawl and she hated being down on her hands and knees and on the floor, but she had no problems deciding to walk at about 13 months and once she started, she never slowed down! Some children just don't like crawling and that is perfectly acceptable. My daughter turned out to be a very healthy, intelligent, and active young lady who is currently a professional in the health care field and married and very well developed in all areas of life. Just enjoy your little girl...they grow up way too fast! N. H.

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C.F.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Enjoy every minute of it. My son is now 11.5 months old and he did not crawl until about 10.5 months. In the last month he made up for the delay. In fact I think he will start walking really soon! I was happy we made it through Christmas because crawling and all those decorations would have been a nightmare! Don't worry the time will come.

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S.M.

answers from Provo on

I would contact Early Childhood intervention. They have programs that help with delays of any kind. She may have sensory issues. They would have her play with items and food and get messy and slowly introduce her to new textures that she may be avoiding.

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L.M.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Don't worry a bit, she'll probably go straight to walking!

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W.W.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Hi K.,
My daughter is 18 mos old and she has never crawled. Same issue, absolutely hated being on her stomach. She got around first by rolling everywhere she wanted to go, then she did a roll sit up reposition and roll, then by scooting on her tush, now she walks and tries to run. She has no problems or difficulty in anything else. I would tell people that asked me about it, that she was working on her brain power. Absolutely loved it. Kept me in stitches forever. She was really good at it. Every child will develop their own way and own pace. Honestly I would say, don't panic and don't worry, if your daughter doesn't crawl, she will come into her own. Does she get around any other way? You could also try putting her on her stomach and putting a favorite toy just a little out of her reach, sometimes that helps. (Didn't do anything for mine thought :))
I hope this puts your mind at ease in anyway.

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R.C.

answers from Colorado Springs on

The question is why do you want her to crawl? Is she doing everything else that a 10 month old is suppose to do? My youngest didn't crawl until 11 months and didn't walk until 15 months old.
Is your daughter more heavy set? Some times when they are bigger it is harder for them to move all their chubs around.
It will happen and when it does it is just important to be excited for her. Try not to compare to "others" we are all different and should have the right to make our own choices. No worries, she is normal.

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S.L.

answers from Denver on

I've heard research that crawling helps with brain development later on in life. It's not necessarily when a child starts to crawl, but the fact that they learn to crawl at some point. You might contact the early childhood connections program and get their thoughts http://www.earlychildhoodconnections.org/

Good luck!

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T.S.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Hi there. My son didn't crawl until almost 11 months old. I would get on my hands and knees with him, and play on my hands and knees with him. I would be his favorite (or new) toy in front of him and kept proping him up on his hands and knees to play with it. It eventually came. My other son was crawling well at 8 months so I was worried about this son, but all kid develop differently! After crawling at 11 months, he didn't walk until 13 months. Just keep encouraging her to play with you on all 4's. It'll come!

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J.G.

answers from Dallas on

I say have no fear. Not all babies follow the guidelines of "what should happen" at a certain age. I have a 7 1/2 mth old that hates being on her hands and knees too but loves to stand against the couch or scoot around in her walker.
Come to find out, my husband completely skipped the whole crawling thing and went straight to walking as soon as he saw something interesting enough to get his attention (wrapping paper and presents)!
Maybe your child is the same and she is just waiting for her legs to get stronger and the right moment or the right thing to go after. Don't worry, when she's ready she'll go and good luck trying to stop her!

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J.R.

answers from Denver on

Hi K.,
You might wait and see....she could just start walking. Maybe because she doesn't like being on her hands and kness she doesn't want much to do with crawling. I'm sure you'll hear this a lot that babies progess at their own rate, but if you truly are concerned, especially if you're seeing other things from a developmental standpoint, ask her pediatrician. But if she's doing most of the things a 10 month old will do, then you might wait and see.

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D.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son didn't crawl until he was 10 1/2 months and didn't walk until he was 15 months old. Now he is 4 and he is unstopable. If you don't see progress by the time she is 12mo. I would ask your pediatrician. My friends son didn't crawl and he was 12mo. old and they had a therapist come to their house and work on his legs a couple of times a week. Now he is completely fine. Good luck!

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S.B.

answers from Denver on

I don't think you should base your childs development off of what the books say. EVERY childs development is different.

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C.H.

answers from Boise on

Be greatful! My daughter would hardly crawl by her first birthday and did not walk in till late. Now she runs and plays just like her brother, I just got a few extra months were she was easier to keep track of. Don't push if she does not like it.

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B.B.

answers from Boise on

Try having some 'tummy time' with Mom. Have a time during the day where you play with your daugther while she is lying on her tummy. Maybe that will help her get used to how that feels. She will be excited to see you down there with her and as you put toys, books, etc. out in front of her, she will be more interested in going after them. Hope this helps.
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M.H.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Don't worry too much yet. My first never really crawled, his main mode of transportation was rolling and it really worked for him. He's now four and all other developmental milestones have been reached with no problem. My second did crawl, but not as early as everyone else's and he's even more mobile than his older brother, walking, running, and climbing on everything possible at 21 months. She'll do it soon or may skip it altogether and that's okay.

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M.J.

answers from Provo on

My daughter did not start crawling until she was 10 months and even then is was more of an army crawl where she dragged herself across the floor, so she was 11 months by the time she started regular crawling on her hand and knees. I gave her tummy time every day but she would always just stay on her belly flailing her arms and legs. your baby will eventually figure it out. just give her lots of tummy time even though she doesn't like it. she will eventually start rolling over to her back to get off her tummy. the more rolling the better. put lots of toys near her but out of reach and expose her to other crawling babies often so she can see how its done. Babies learn a lot from watching others. good luck, she will get it in her own time.

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A.C.

answers from Denver on

Hi K.,
As a mom of 3, and an aunt of 11 neices and nephews keep in mind that all babies and children develope at their own pace.I have a neice who walked as young as 9 months old and a son who walked as late as 15 months old.I personally used a walker for my boys to cruise around the house in. If you decide to use one be sure to use baby gates to keep your daughter from rolling down the stairs if you have any as well as any rooms she is restricted from.I felt that the walker encouraged my kids to use their leg muscles. On the floor you can position your daughter on her tummy and place toys or cherrios for her to move toward and try to grab.

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T.T.

answers from Denver on

Don't push it. Some babies never crawl. Just let her sit up and play and try not to worry about it. She's ok. Some babies go from just sitting to standing and walking, without crawling. Can she pull herself up on furniture? Talk to you doctor if you are really concerned. He/she can tell you what the best course of action is. But I would say don't sweat it. She's safer staying in one spot anyway! :)

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D.H.

answers from Denver on

I've read that many babies never crawl they just kind of skip that step in favor of walking later.

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J.S.

answers from Provo on

Is she rolling? If not, then when you put her down, put her toys just far enough that she needs to roll to the side...or stretch to get them. Then as she does this more quickly, you place them farther and farther away, until she is rolling. Once she realizes that she gets more things by being on her tummy, she will learn to crawl.

If your too concerned ask your pediatrician for an inhome evaluation, there are companies that will give physical therapy type work for your kids. They pretty much teach you to help your child learn a bit more quickly.

I have a 12 month old, that is still rolling. He every once in a while will get on his hands and his knees, but nothing quite worth crawling for. But he has a colostomy bag on his stomach, so it hurts to be on it for too long, and he has had numerous surgeries on his abdomen. She may get gas pains from being on her stomach...ask your pediatrician to check for this. If nothing it will ease your mind, that she is a late crawler and there is nothing wrong with this. Be grateful she isn't getting into everything and when you put her down to run around the house, you come back and she is still there! But try to give her some tummy time even for a minute each day. Eventually she will get used to it.

But if your too concerned, I would have her checked out. Good luck

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J.N.

answers from Denver on

If it helps, my son didn't start crawling until 11 months. And I have had friends with children who skipped crawling all together- they started to pull themselves up and then went straight to walking! Does your daughter get plenty of playtime on her tummy? If not and she hates being on her tummy try propping her up on a Boppy or other pillow and put her toys in front of her. Also place a mirror in front of her to catch her interest. I have also seen a battery-powered ball that wiggles all over the room- kids like to try to go after it.

Good luck!

J. (mom to Zach, 2 years, and Talia, 3 and 1/2 months)

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B.F.

answers from Pocatello on

Dear K.,
I had four children, and one of them NEVER crawled. She would roll to any place she wanted to get. She never even "cruised" much. She was the earliest walker of the four children. Babies all do things differently, none of them fit into the "perfect normal", so don't worry about your baby until a doctor is worried. Many areas of the country have testing for problems in development. Have you checked to see if that is possible for you to have your baby tested? My children are all grown up, and every one of them are smart, productive adults, but none of them did any of the things at the "normal" average time that books said they would. One walked at 16 months, another had a tooth come through at 2 mo., and I did not have a clue it was coming through. I didn't have a fussy baby that usually tells you that teeth are coming,and one sat up for the first time at about 7 months. They are all fine. Good luck! Try not to worry, and just enjoy the special person that she is.

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N.H.

answers from Missoula on

hi K. i would look for other sighns that she is headed in the direction of crawling or moving around in some way. it may just take her a little longer to figure it all out. if she is not progressing contact your local early intervention agency. they will do a development eval on your child for free i believe. you say she hates to be on her hands and knees, that could be for a lot or reasons. one little guy i tested when i worked in early intervention had a sensory integration disorder, so the feel of something on his hands and knees really bothered him.obseverve our daughter and you will get a sense of what barriers are preventing her from making the next step. GL, N.

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S.O.

answers from Omaha on

I was worried thst my son who is 9 1/2 months old wasn't crawling. When I talked to his doctor about it he told me some babies never crawl and not to worry about it. He asked if he was rolling which is how he got everywhere. He rolled from one place to the other. Then one day out of the blue he started to crawl. I wouldn't worry about it to much she may just skip that step and go right to walking. My 16 year old son did.

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C.B.

answers from Billings on

I wouldn't be worried. I have a friend who's daughter didn't crawl until after she turned a year old. She is developing fine and isn't behind in anything. I hope this helps! C.

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A.F.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Tummy time with you is a good idea. But I wouldn't worry too much about it. Like one of the other posters said, some babies never crawl. My cousin skipped crawling all together and went straight for pulling up and walking. However, she didn't start pulling up until after she was a year old. My friend's baby didn't start crawling until after a year, and then didn't start walking until 17 months! I wouldn't worry about it just yet. Just make sure you're giving her enough tummy time for practice. Even if she doesn't like it. If you play with her while she's on her tummy, she'll probably stay there a little longer, and when she's really genuinely sick of it, she'll roll over. Good luck with it.

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E.M.

answers from Salt Lake City on

looks like you already got alot of responses. thought i would send you a response also to your question.
i have a son he is 1 year old now and hasnt crawled on his hands and knees yet. he started crawling army crawl at 11 months at christmas time. i gave him tummy time all the time and it seemed like he hated to be on his tummy. so we got a huge long stuffed animal and layed it on the floor and had him lay on the animal and my husband and i would lay on the floor with him.
that didnt seem to work either. so finally he grew out of his portable bath tub and i've been putting him in the big bath tub. and for some reason it helped my son to crawl. i would fill the bath tub with water and just let him play in it. and splash the water. he would pull himself up and down the bath tub and i noticed that when we took him out of the bath tub he would try to crawl. and it helped my son to crawl. so now i let him play in the bath tub alot to help him crawl. he still hasnt crawled on his hands and knees but he is crawling the army crawl!
i was told the same thing everyone else been saying. that some kids just dont crawl. some walk first. my advice is to try the bath time in the big bath tub. and more tummy time. also dont worry so much. all kids learn at different stages. be proud of them for all that they do learn and dont get discourage. she will crawl soon!
hope these ideas work for you!
good luck,
E.

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A.C.

answers from Salt Lake City on

My son didn't crawl until over 11 months old. It may take even longer. Our pediatrician ruled out a few things which was reassuring so be sure to ask your pediatrician about it if you haven't already. It just took patience. They all develop at their own little speed.

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K.G.

answers from Pocatello on

Well, I don't know if this helps, but it seems like it took my son forever to crawl! First, he would roll everywhere he wanted to go, and then he would scoot and do a sort of army crawl. He didn't start crawling on his hands and knees until shortly before he started pulling himself up to walk. I was a little concerned, but eventally he did it! I know you're concerned but I wouldn't worry about it right now. Every child does things in his or her own time, it doesn't mean there's anything wrong. Just encourage her to try to get to things herself instead of getting them for her, and I bet before you know it she'll figure it out!

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T.S.

answers from Denver on

My son is 11 mos. old and has been crawling for a couple of weeks. However, my daughter, who is almost 4 years old never crawled. She hated tummy time and all that. When she was ready to get moving, she scooted on her bottom. I wouldn't worry about it. Whens she's ready to go, she'll figure out a way to do it.

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