8 month old boys?

Rebecca - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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My son is just about 8 months and has not even started to crawl. I am wondering if this is normal or what? Any suggestions?

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Mary - posted on 04/26/2010

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HI there. I am an infant development specialist and I can tell you that all babies develop at their own pace. It is very important that babies crawl before they walk. I am really surprised that the woman with preemies pediatrician told her it shouldn't be a milestone. Crawling strengthens the corpus collosum which connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain. There is a strong link to skipping crawling and learning disabilities later in life. The best thing you can do for his physical development is to give him lots of floor time. Being in a walker, bouncer or swing limits movement. My almost 9 month old daughter is not crawling either but she is rolling and I see her beginning to push up on her knees and hands sometimes. The steps in between the milestones are just as important as the milestone itself. One of the reasons more children are skipping crawling is the increase in things we put them in that limit their mobility ie swing, bummo, bouncer, walker, exersaucer etc. In addition if he throws a toy out of reach don't get it for him right away this will give him some motivation. You can't really teach a baby to crawl he will find his own way. BTW army crawling counts for brain development because it is cross lateral. (right arm-left leg/ left arm-right leg)

Fiona - posted on 04/25/2010

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my son didn't start cralwing til he was just 8 months, it can take a lot of encouragement i got down and helped him get up on all fours and helped move him along that did help

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Helena - posted on 06/23/2012

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My baby is 12 months and not crawling yet. She also does not like to bear weight on her feet. I took her to the Child Health Nurse who recommended I see a pedriatic physiotherapist. Although my other daughter never crawled till 1 year, they believe early intervention is best. Even if they find my baby to be ok they can give me some exercises. Many people will say "don't worry" but I say if you are concerned about this or anything, be proactive and find out what you can do to help. Each child is different and so is each parent. Good Luck ;)

Zintle - posted on 06/19/2012

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My son does not crawl too but from what i've heard boys can be slow than girl, and i agree too that my first baby is a girl and she started to teet and crwaling while she was only four months old

Victoria - posted on 05/08/2010

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I have already posted a comment to this thread but I was just going to update everyone. My son will be 9 months in less than a week and he now pulls up on everything all by himself. And we recently got him to get on all fours and actually stay there and rock...So give it time..It will happen sooner than you think!!

Victoria - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son is 8.5 months old and he still isn't crawling either. I have heard that boys learn a little slower but as far as that being a fact I am not sure. My son doesn't crawl, or pull up on things. He will pull up if you help him a little bit...I am sure that our sons will be fine, because as I am sure you have heard, but they all learn at their own pace...I think the only time you should worry is if your son is 12 months old and still just rolling around, lol!!! We will be fine, keep your head up Rebecca!!

Claudia - posted on 04/27/2010

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my son will be 9 months on the 1st of may, and he JUST did his first 'modified' crawl today..
your son will crawl, or walk or whatever his next milestone is when he's ready...
remember.. whether at 8 months or 12 months.. we all do things at our own pace.. and i dont know any kid who doesnt know how to crawl or walk ;)

Anne - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son is also 8 months old. He has started making an effort to crawl when put on the floor but only tends to do it backwards in the form of a shuffle as not really mastered the art of crawling forwards.

Anne - posted on 04/26/2010

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my son will crawl backwards. if he wants to go somewhere that is in front of him he will turn around and crawl backwards to it. he will stand up and if i hold his hands he will walk.

Ashley - posted on 04/25/2010

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same here he just does his little military crawl or should i say drag! but hopefully everything is normal!

Erin - posted on 04/25/2010

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My 8 month old isn't crawling yet either. I think every kid is different though because my older son started crawling about 7 and half months old. But I'm not in a big hurry for him to start crawling because then I'll have two kids to run around after lol

Bree - posted on 04/25/2010

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My son has not started to crawl yet either. He is getting up on all four a lot now though. My oldest son was pulling himself up and walking along furniture at 7 1/2 months. Evry kid is different and in due time they will take the milestone!!

Wisal - posted on 04/25/2010

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Some children never crowl..no worries..if he is sitting, rolling or trying to, then it is normal.



my son started crowling at about 7 months, and I thought my daughter wasn't going to crowl but she did at exactly 8 months.

Areeba - posted on 04/23/2010

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my son is 8 mnths n he hasnt crawling yet but when i give him tummy time he moves around everywhere. he goes backwards on his hands n knees. he loves standing up n taking steps. i dnt think he will crawl. dnt worry every child is different.

Senia - posted on 04/23/2010

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My 8 month old boy is already crawling and standing up on anything he can hold on to ! He crawls from room to room and walks from one couch to the other ( while holding on) as long as there's something to hold he'll keep on going ! ~ We have wood flooring mostly in out house but we decided to put carpet in the living room for the baby.. and the same day it was installed he started doing all those things! lol so cute! JUST GIVE UR BABY SOME TIME...CRAWLING IS NOT MUST.. HE'LL GET THERE BEFORE U KNOW IT!

Sara - posted on 04/23/2010

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My son is 8months he is a roller he roles over to get where he wants to go it is quite comical. Don't Rush it let him take his time as long as he is reaching milestones.

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my guy doesn't crawl either, he tries like hell but he prefers to roll around. He does like to stand so I am wondering if he will walk instead of crawl.

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My boy is only army crawling...probably because he is trying to keep up with his older (3 year old) brother.

Christine - posted on 04/22/2010

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I have 8 1/2 month old twin boys. One just started crawling this week and the other is just scooting and isn't very interested in crawling. Most kids skip crawling altogether and just get up and walk one day. Have a feeling that is what my youngest is gonna do

Meri - posted on 04/22/2010

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I never crawled. I sat till i was 10 months and then scooted on my bum till i walked. My son (turned 8 months today) is a super strong, loud, farting, burping, manly man who wouldn't cuddle with me to save his life. So he was so curious he found out a way to get around. He more walks with his toes and hands than crawls.
Not crawling is totally normal. My mom had 8 of us and only one of us crawled. It's not important and is probably just a blessing.

Renee - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son turns 8 months in 3 days & he's been crawling on his hands & standing up on anything he can & moving from foot stools to the couch for over a month now, it's crazy, I say enjoy the time you have whilst he can't move around too much! My son follows me everyehere & gets into everything he possibly can, definately keeps you on the go! He got his first tooth just beofe he was 6 months too, all babies are different, they'll do it when their ready!

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010

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my son is 8 months old as well and doesn't crawl. I'm sure he's fine, he'll just learn his large motorskills at his own pace! My son gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth. He'll try to get a toy in front of him but just moves backwards and gets frustrated. He has just started to move one arm forward as of two days ago. He also bum shuffles a bit too. You can always encourage him by giving him lots of tummy time and crawling around in front of him. He'll think it's great! have fun.

Natalie - posted on 04/22/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old too and doesnt crawl I asked her pediatrician if this was normal and her response to me was, " does she like tummy time?" which she doesnt so she said, "she will never crawl she will skip that step and go straight to standing and then walking." Hope that helps relieve some of the worry.

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2010

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Oh and as far as feeding (sorry I wasn't paying 100% attention) he eats the 2nd foods in the little plastic containers. He likes the applesauce, sweet potatoes, squash, bananas and pears best. I still feed him his baby cereal 2 times a day which he loves too. I give him his baba about 5 times a day and he usually drinks 4 to 5 oz. I think I have a little piggy on my hands! He likes the little gerber bites that melt in their mouth. He likes the cheesies and sweet potato ones the best. Also, the yogurt ones. I try everything at least once so this way if he likes it he has a variety of things to eat.

Hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 04/22/2010

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I have also read that it's not something to worry about at all. Some babies just totally skip it. As long as your son is hitting all his other milestones it is nothing to worry about.

Nicole - posted on 04/22/2010

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Cool thanks!! im in no rush either just want to see what other moms' babies are up to developmental wise! Thanks for your reply!

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son turned 8 months last week and all he does is sliver like a snake and I'm just fine with that! NOOO RUSH HERE!

Nicole - posted on 04/22/2010

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Hi There, My son is also 8 months old, he was born 2 months prem though and only weighed 1.8kg's! He doesn't crawl yet and has recently started rolling over.

How much do you feed your son? I mean what solid foods do you feed him and how much does he eat? And anther question i wanted to ask is how may bottle does he have per day and how many millimeters in each bottle??

I would just like to know if i am feeding him the correct amounts?

Thank you
Nicole Mom to Daegan

Jen - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son Kooper has just turned 8 months and he is army crawling and getting around really quickly, so he's happy with that.. he has been getting up on his hands and knee's for months and is trying to pull himself up on things... Don't worry, they are all so very different and do it when they are ready! My first born son didn't crawl completly untill he was 10 months and didn't walk untill 16 months, and my secound bub army crawled at 6 months- hands and knee's at 8 months, then walked at 10 months... Im thinking that my little man will skip crawling too!

Angela - posted on 04/20/2010

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Cole is refusing to crawl. We lay him down and put toys in front of him. He will lay there for maybe 2 seconds and then start screaming. We have to pick him up and let him hold our hands and walk on his own!

Samantha - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son is just over 8 months and pushes himself backwards very efficiently but hasn't worked out how to crawl forwards yet. He's done the same thing of pulling the rug closer to bring a toy in front of him within his reach, and I think this is really clever! Far from 'just' pulling the blanket closer, this is really good problem-solving. I'm not at all worried about physical development as he gets around well enough in his own way, but I am really pleased to see the mental development coming along.

Marla - posted on 04/20/2010

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When my son was 8 months he couldn't crawl at all. His head was soo big he had problems with the balance, at 9 months he crawled for 2 weeks and then walked so don't be worried. My daughter has been crawling for a while and she is trying to stand on her own and she cruises around the furniture slowly.. I have met a few more babies that are 8 months and are still having problems sitting on their own. So everyone is different. Be thankful he isn't crawling... My son as into everything and it was exhausting... I am trying to discourage my 8 month old from doing things... and today I found her standing at the toilet... UGH!

Kimberly - posted on 04/20/2010

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My twin sons turned 8 months on the 17th, neither one is crawling yet. They are close I think, they pull themselves up and they kind of scoot around (usually they go backwards), but no crawling. I've tried getting down on the floor and showing them how to crawl, but so far they just think it's funny when I do that. I'm not concerned, I know they'll each do it when they're good and ready.

Adriana - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son is almost 8 months and he is not crawling yet, he is sliding! LOL... All babies are different , its very normal. My other son never crawled

Margarita - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son started to back crawl at 6 months, and started crawling on all fours at 7 months...soon he'll be walking as he is starting to cruise around and pull himself up to standing. Believe me, let him take his time. Now I have to be super vigilant and watch him because he's not interested in his toys anymore, now he wants to pull cords and eat DVDs and such. I think he became mobile early because he is pretty lean and doesnt have a lot of weight to carry around.

Rachel - posted on 04/20/2010

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That's so funny you said he pulls the blanket to him to get his toys..My son does the same thing! He just turned 8 months and started doing that around 7 months and he is now scooting forward. My doctor told me that babies are crawling later or not at all now because they are recommending babies sleep on their backs now, so they're not getting as much time on their tummies.

Lindsay - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son is 8 1/2 months old, he doesnt crawl either. He hates tummy time, everytime I try put him on his stomach he roles over to his back. he loves to stand with my help though Its a relief to see my son isnt the only one lol... it will happen when he is good and ready :)

Megan - posted on 04/19/2010

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Is he moving and rolling and stuff? I wouldn't worry about it. My 8 month old boy isn't crawling yet but he sure get's around and will be crawling very soon! All kids are different and some even walk before they crawl... talk to your doctor to make sure all other developmental signs are present and you'll be good to go. ENJOY these last few moments of not chasing a kid around the house =)

Angel - posted on 04/19/2010

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hey...my sOn tuRned 8 mOnths On the 18th..and he dOesnt cRawl...he dOes this weird wOrm leap frOg thing lol...althOugh he dOes use his walker A LOT!! he was alsO 6 weeks eaRly, but i have heaRd that many kids dOnt crawl they wOuld rather walk... :)

Xiomara - posted on 04/19/2010

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my son is 8 month too and not crawling yet..but he has managed to stand up on his own in the crib

Nichole - posted on 04/19/2010

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Each baby is different. Mine is son 8 1/2 months and just started to crawl forward.

Amber - posted on 04/19/2010

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this is totally normal. Don't worry about it. If you want to encourage crawling, get down on the floor with him and show him how to crawl. When you need to get something and you're on the floor crawl over to it. This will help him understand how to get to places...he gets to see it too. More floor time is also a good way to get him moving. But really...don't worry about it. The sooner he starts crawling the sooner you have to chase him.

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2010

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It's perfectly normal! My son didn't start crawling til he was almost 10 months, and my 8 month old daughter is not crawling yet. He will do it when he is ready, or he will skip it.

Heather - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son is 8.5 months with d.s and he doesnt crawl either. He does roll every where to get where he wants to go though..:)

Beth - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son is 8 1/2 months and he's not crawling either. He doesn't seem to be interested in it at all. I'm not worried about it because I've read that crawling isn't really a milestone they have to accomplish and he's been right on the money with everything else so far. I'm in no hurry for him to be mobile anyway!

Rebecca - posted on 04/18/2010

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He pushes up like he wants to but then he don't and I try to put toys in front of him but he will just move the blanket to get the toy!! Thanks for you input!

Tracy - posted on 04/17/2010

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my son turned 8 mos exactly today - and he just started to move a couple steps then lunges out for whateve he wants or army crawls, rolls whatever it takes to get to where he wants to go. My daugther never really crawled much either. She first started about 9 maybe almost 10 mos. I'm not alarmed by it, he's just a content baby that apparently has no where to go. Tummy time can help strengthen the upper body and neck muscles and my son absolutely loved tummy time and he still really could care less if he crawls. I even bait him with toys and he'll roll towards it if he feels like it

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