9 Month Old Not Crawling Yet

Updated on March 16, 2008
J.F. asks from San Diego, CA
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Hello all,

My daughter is still not crawling and she is 9 months old. I know all children move at their own pace but I just wanted to throw this concern I have out here to see if any one else may have had this problem. I am not familiar with babies being the youngest in my family so I have nothing but books to base my daughters milestones on. She seems happy and healthy so i am not too concerned about her not crawling yet. She seems actually more interested in standing more than crawling.

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T.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

Don't worry my 15 month old daughter just started walking and didn't crawl until she was 10 months. I ignored the books & milestones, because it's true every baby develops on their own time. Your daughter will crawl when she's ready and be patient. I've heard of babies that skip crawling and go straight to standing/cruising, then walking. Each baby is a blessing, just enjoy this time right now, cause when she starts moving, it's a lot more work, but worth it!!!! Good luck!!!

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J.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

No worries! She's fine! If she's reaching most of the "milestones" around the same age they say she should (give or take several weeks), and she's happy, healthy and alert, she's doing great! My daughter was in the same boat. We have a few friends from our Lamaze class whose babies were crawling and moving all over the place when ours would sit there and watch them zip around. But you know what? She caught on to language quicker, and learned how to communicate while they were still babbling. She's a very observant child now (nothing gets passed her, and sometimes i wish it would!). She ended up skipping crawling and went to walking on her own - just after she passed her first birthday. Every child does their own thing at their own pace. Where one child seems to be "ahead", you'll find they'll be "behind" when you notice your little one doing something before them. Enjoy this time!

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J.C.

answers from San Diego on

Some children never crawl. Some will go straight from sitting to standing/walking. No worries.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

I would guess that more than likely she'll skip crawling and go straight to walking.

I have a nephew that did not crawl (well, a little bit backwards but that was it) he perferred to stand and pull himself up on things. He was walking at 10 mos.

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C.R.

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Hi J.-
I have a 10 month old daughter. She just turned 10 months on 03/14 and she was scooting all over the place on her tummy, doing the military crawl. She started this at 7 1/2 months. I wondered when she was going to crawl and pull herself up, worrying also. I finally just let it be around 3 weeks ago. I stopped woryying and looking up the milestone chart on BABYcenter.com.
Next thing you know, this past week, she started crawling, pulling herself up and being able to sit up from the stomach position. It was literally from one day to the next. My eyes had to do a doubletake! I am not kidding! It seems the last 2 weeks she has absorbed clapping and saying bye-bye. My hubby and I have had to do nothing but babyproof the house today. When she was scooting around she was not able to go up the stairs from the living room. So we did not think twice because the living room was babysafe. Well now, we are literally behind her and the house is babyproofed.

It is fun but your eyes are moving. And pulling herself up is happening everywhere. She has taken quite a few tumbles we are surprised she has not cried.

Enjoy the the time with her and sooner or later, your eyes will be shocked to see your daughter doing new things! My eyes were and I am still at an awe!

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B.B.

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I've heard it and learnedthis is completely true. Babies will either be talkers or walkers. They will focus more on their physical side first or their . . . I don't want to say intellectual, but yeah, communicating side first.

My son was a talker, wouldn't shut up, saying words at 10 mos old, but didn't care to walk, was afraid to climb. My daughter never said a word, but I had to jump out of my seats to save her on numerous occasions because she would just keep crawling and climbing. She was climbing to the top of the playground before she was walking wile my 3 year old son wouldn't go near it, he was busy talking.

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C.L.

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Hi J.,

My son is 10 months old and is still not crawling. He is also interested in standing. My doctor said that if he gets a lot a floor time he may start to practice crawing - but he hates to be on his tummy. My doctor also said its nothing to worry about, because some babies go straight to walking.

I also notice that when he sits he scoots to get something and that is a form of crawling - but I don't think he understands that he understands the concept that he actually moves when he does that.

He's happy too, so I'm not really worried.