8 month old who seems behind

Melissa - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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my little guy is almost 8 months and he is not sitting up on his own yet or crawling and i am starting to get kinda worried. where is every one else at in thier develpoment and should i make a appointment with our dr.

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Sarah - posted on 10/11/2010

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My little man is the same only the other day he sat up by himself hasnt done it since... i'm sure you little man will learn when he's ready.. every bby is different :)

Renee - posted on 10/10/2010

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Every baby does things in their own time. If they can't sit up by themselves by 12 mths I would suggest going to the dr.

Rebecca - posted on 10/09/2010

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Rylee is just over 8 months and she has been sitting up on her own since she was about 6 months, crawling since she was 6 1/2 months and she is now starting to try and walk. But to be honest I would not worry that your little guy is not doing these things yet because I have a friends whose child is about a week older than mine and he is not doing the things she does.. if it would make you feel better to ask a doctor then go ahead but kids learn at their own pace... just work with him and he will eventually catch on.

Nikki - posted on 10/09/2010

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Sitting can take up to 9 months to develop... but you can help your little one develop core strength by pulling him slowly up by the hands after every nappy change and mat time. Make sure you support his hands and wrists while doing so. Also remember the importance of tummy time. Give him a mirror to look in and play with. If he doesn't like it do it for vey short periods of time and then slowly incease the time as he gets stronger :) Good luck. I'm sure your little one will b sitting in no time at all

Amanda - posted on 10/08/2010

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Anything that you think is abnormal, you should talk to your doctor about. YOU know your child best, and every child develops differently.

Dominic is sitting, standing with help, crawling and walking holding on to stuff.

Crystal - posted on 10/08/2010

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My baby is 9 months old tomorrow and she just started to scoot around the house about 2 weeks ago. I wouln't worry to much about it he will come around when he is ready.

Bethany - posted on 10/08/2010

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My baby is 8.5 months old and he started sitting up around 7 months and started rolling over around 7.5 months then he just started crawling about 2 weeks ago - the weekend he turned 8 months. I know all babies go at their own pace but if yours isn't doing any of this stuff he is behind the norm. Was your baby a preemie? If so that could be it. I would be worried and would make an appt w/ the doctor if I were you. You aren't holding your baby too much are you? Maybe you should give him/her more floor time. That's how they learn.

Sarah - posted on 10/08/2010

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hiya,,, i felt the same as you but yesterday little man sat up for the first time himself, and he's nearly 9 months...

Krystle - posted on 09/27/2010

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my daughter is nearly 9 months old n she is still a bit shakin at sittin up but she's gettin there...she is not crawling yet but she is startin 2 lift her bum up in da air but den she pushes bakwards wif her arms so i think she'll crawl bakwards...my friends son is 2 days older den my baby girl n he is crawlin n standin up holdin on2 things n gettin in2 everything so i think all babies r different n will develope at there own pace...if u r worried go to a clinic not ur doctor or even go see a pediatrician n get there opinion...but do think urself lucky as he is not sittin up or crawling coz my friends little 1 gets in2 everything but my girl doesn't so im luvin it atm haha good luck wif it all

Shariah - posted on 09/27/2010

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Hey melissa I have two 8 month olds and one can crawl and pull herself up..it took her time to hold a bottle..her sister was holding a bottle at 5-6 months but crawls on one knee and her belly and she has to be supported to sit most of the time..they both have two teeth!! So i dnt think lil man is behind at all..he is just movin at his own pace! :}

Alisha - posted on 09/26/2010

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melissa i would not b concerned by this as we all know ALL babies progress at different times n hit milestones at different times so i would not b worried at all he is only 8months. its hard not to compare with where other babies are at as well all research n join groups like this but alot of them have mothers that boast about where their children are at n there is nothing wrong with that at all but it makes it hard not to compare but ur little man will do it once he is ready!!! my daughter has only just started crawling and my older son was crawling at 7months so they are all different but dont rush him cause then u will want him to slow down on the growing lol but he is only 8months and there is nothing wrong with him not sitting up or crawling :)

Lauren - posted on 09/26/2010

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My daughter is 8months and is sitting up and commando crwaling. your bub is just taking his time. i couldnt wait untill she crawled now i wish she didnt lol

Lisa - posted on 09/25/2010

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Like most have already said, every baby will reach their milestones at their own pace. My daughter is taking her time as well. She doesn't sit up on her own yet, but she can roll over just recently. She tries to hold her bottle a little, but it's usually only for a minute. She isn't crawling nor is she interrested in trying and I don't think she gets what to do anyway. She tries to walk a few steps when I hold her hands. She is actually trying to sit up when we are holding her. Also, no teeth yet. All in due time...

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2010

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Don't worry! They all do it in their own time. I mean how many 2 yr. olds do you see not walking?? My guess is zero! They all get there its just takes time. My son turned 8 months on the 14th of this month and he is not crawling yet. My first son, who now is 4, crawled at 10 months and walked at 13 months. Just depends on the baby! Don't rush it then you'll be telling him NONONO!! : )))

Angela - posted on 09/25/2010

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My baby isn't crawling he started sitting at 5 months like his brother but is trying to crawl but hasn't quite got it should soon and he is very persistant

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2010

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if you have any concerns get him evaluated by the Early Intervention program in your area. The evaluation is free. My son is developmentally delayed and he get coordinated care of physical therapy, occupation therapy and speech therapy through our Early Intervention office, called The Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia. So get him screened!

Dionne - posted on 09/24/2010

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Madison is 8 months as of the 21st. She was early for sitting on her own she did that at 6 1/2 months but as for crawling not yet but she like to pull herself around :) Im in no rush for her to crawl since she is my last baby she can take her time :) Every baby is different and does things on there own time:)

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Don't worry. My 8 month old is not crawling either, and he just mastered sitting up. However, my DS is very social and verbal, more so than the other babies I know around his age. He's also been a master of the pincer grasp for months! Just my example to show that all babies are on different timelines, and they pick up on different skills/milestones on their own "schedule". I'm sure your little guy is fine.

Verity - posted on 09/23/2010

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It's hard with the first because you don't know what to expect, or what is normal. My 2nd son is almost 8 months old and is sitting up, but not crawling. My first son sat up at about 6 months, but didn't crawl until 10 months. All my mother's group babies crawled at 8-9 months, and I started to worry too. But he got it eventually and actually started walking before a couple of them. Turns out I didn't crawl at all and ironically both my oldest son and I walked at the same age (@12.5 months). They develop at different stages and some babies master other skills first. If you have any concerns though, talk to your health nurse. Try not to compare your bubs with other people's children....they tend to all catch up eventually and you won't even know the difference.

Cathy - posted on 09/23/2010

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It's normal for kids to not crawl until 10 months (and some NEVER crawl). I'm assuming you have a 9 month appointment with your doc. If you are worried, you can talk to him/her then about it. He may figure out the sitting thing between now and then, and if not, your doc can help you decide if he's "behind" or not. For now, I think you're okay. :)

Nicola - posted on 09/23/2010

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my daughter was born 19 Jan and she cant sit / crawl / pull herself up. doctor said they will only do an assessment of her sitting problem when she is 9 months. i too get really worried sometimes as she is absolutely not interested in being mobile at all. she only leart to roll onto her side at 7.5 months.

Ashley - posted on 09/23/2010

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my guy is cruising the couch and pushing his push toys & been army crawling since march and really crawling since july..... go with your gut if you think something is wrong talk to your doc a screen couldn't hurt but not screening CAN!!

Donna - posted on 09/22/2010

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my son is 8 months old & he is not sitting alone he is trying very hard to crawl still has no teeth and cannot hold his own bottle so like other mums i wouldnt worry too much but my son does have some developmental difficulties so i am not too bothered he will do at his own pace

Allison - posted on 09/22/2010

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my baby girls is 8 months and she isn't sitting on her own yet, but i also know that she has developmental delays so i don't really expect it from her, but she really does try to tho

Donna - posted on 09/21/2010

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Goodness no, unless you suspect a problem for other reasons then just chill. A good friend pointed out to me that all these baby books are great, but that she has yet to meet a baby who has read any of them

Your lo will progress on schedule, it will just be their schedule!

Kaci - posted on 09/20/2010

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every baby is differant my son is pretty fast and he is hard to keep up with he crawls pulls to standing and is even taking his 1st steps but he has alot of older cousins he watches, studys and learns from but i know babys who just lay there but they talk more abel is a goer not a talker each baby has there strong suits!!!

Ayanna - posted on 09/20/2010

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my son is 8 months on the 29th and is doing those things but all babies arent the same i dnt think you should call the dr as yet just let him progress

Lindsey - posted on 09/19/2010

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Hi Melissa, my 8 1/2 month old is not sitting up by herself yet - she is trying to start crawling as i can see her trying to get up on her knees now and then and she is sleeping with her bum in the air! But my eldest didn't sit up on her own til she was nearly 10 months, and didn't start crawling til after her first birthday! All babies do everything at their own pace - don't worry he will get there eventually. Also boys tend to be a bit slower at picking things up than girls their own age! It is really easy to compare your baby to others, and sadly some mums seem to think it is a competition! but please don't worry it will happen eventually. xxx

Jessie - posted on 09/19/2010

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Every baby is different and will develop at their own pace. My daughter, Peyton Olivia, is 8 months and has been crawling for about 2 months. She is starting to get brave and stand on her own. I personally think that she is to young to be as developed as she is, but her father and myself were early developers as well. Be thankful that he isn't crawling yet, because once he starts he will be into everything. LOL

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Thou my 8 month old has done thinks a bit earlier then my oldest, From expericance done worry just yet. My 2yr old (almost 3) didn't crawl or sit untill 9 months. He could scoot around starting at about 71/2m, but never that wasn't every much. Turned out he was focused on standing and working hes way up to that. As soon as he pulled himself up to the couch th efirst time everthing else started to fall into place. When thay are young there are often things that they have to learn one at a time, like standing crawling or sitting. and if they start trying to do a higher level before the others it acctually takes a bit longer for all of them. Just make sure your giving him lots of belly time and incourage him were you can. As long as you see some kind of an effort then you have nothing to worry about. If he's pushing with his legs sitting for even a few seconds and kicking wiggling and rolling around, then he's still figuring it all out and your fine there is noting wrong with him. You only need to worry if they stop/dont make any effort or attemts at moving or if they start back sliding (a walking child the suddenly strugles to even stand)

Sarah - posted on 09/18/2010

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i think every baby learns at his/her own pace. my little guy just turned 8 months old on the 17th and he has been standing up for 3 weeks now and sat up and crawled at 6 1/2 - 7 months. dont be in a rush some babies dont crawl at all they walk right away and it can take them to atleast a year old or older until they do.

Adria - posted on 09/18/2010

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Get a bumbo! They are great and helped our son to sit up. He should be able to sit up on his own by 8months. Do you carry him all the time? Or lay him down all the time? Definitely get a bumbo. We got one off of craiglist for $5 and it worked great to help our baby.

Nina - posted on 09/17/2010

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Don't worry! My 8½ mo daughter has just learned sitting up on her own, and it just happened over night. Suddenly she just knew how to do it. =) She's not crawling yet either, just getting around on her belly. Every child is an individual. Just give him lots of belly-time, he'll figure it all out when he's ready! Keep up the good work of being a Mom! =)

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2010

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I wouldn't worry about. All babies develope different. My daughter was been sitting on her own for a awhile now. She is not yet crawling, but is very close. When I first started to get my daughter to sit, I would sit with her on the floor or put pillows behind her to cushion her fall.

Ashley - posted on 09/17/2010

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Melissa,
I wouldn't worry I have an 18 month old and an 8 month old, my 18 month old was advance in some spots such as sitting up and pulling up and tryin to walk and he was slow in things such as rolling over and crawling...my 8 month old started out rolling over very early but refuses to sit up he pulls himself across the floor instead of crawling and is not pulling up or tryin to walk...so don't worry he'll get there!

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2010

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Like a few others said every baby is different so try not to worry....you'd be surprised how fast things turn around and just like that he'll be crawling and sitting up.....try sitting with him everyday once a day holding him sitting up and he might get the hang of it....just a suggestion.....but i wouldn't worry if he's not 8 months yet....between now and 10 months is when most of that happens...he might just be a late bloomer when it comes to that

Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2010

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my baby is 8 months old he sits up by himself but he dose not crawl i would not worry about it every baby is diffrent

Marissa - posted on 09/15/2010

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Every child is different. My son is almost 8 months old and he sits up on his own and crawls. But one of my friends has a little girl that was born 2 weeks before my son and she doesn't sit up or crawl yet. Just give him some more time. He'll get it.

Kirsty - posted on 09/15/2010

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I have twin boys, 8mths old today, and neither of those are sitting up crawling or holding their own bottle, they all develop differently, they both hold their heads and successfully lift their heads forward out of a chair, but nowhere near learning to sit alone yet, all my children were like this, don't worry, he will do it when he's ready, and remember, means they will stay your little one for longer, these babies that walk crawl early etc, don't stay babies for long x

Erin - posted on 09/14/2010

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My guy is sitting well and has been for a bit but as for rolling or crawling he is not doing either. He just cries when I put him on his tummy and doesn't want to roll to his tummy because he hates it. I think he could do it if he decided he wanted to but he seems happy to sit and reach for stuff. Don't worry, you will likely have a 9 month appointment and talk to the doc then.

Angie - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son was born on Jan 16th, and isn't crawling yet either. He started sitting up on his own only 2 weeks ago, is doing well with it now. He still can not get to a sitting position while laying down though; and as for crawling it's not happening yet. He tries, and gets up in the right position, but ends up on his belly doing the army crawl...

Leah - posted on 09/14/2010

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My little boy is 8 months old and hes not crawling yet either. Although he can sit up very well by himself. And has only just started walking with me holding his hands. I wouldnt get too worried, tomorrow your bub might be able to do something that he couldnt do today :)

Malina - posted on 09/12/2010

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not all babies develop at the same time so don't worry :) cherish the time that he can't crawl because mine gets into everything!

Amber - posted on 09/12/2010

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He's not behind, don't worry! Babies develop at their own pace! My little one is almost 9 months.. she just recently started sitting up on her own, she has no teeth and she does not crawl or walk.. its all at her body's own pace... your little guy isn't behind he's just taking his time.. enjoy the immobile phase while you can, it won't last forever! :)

Leslie - posted on 09/12/2010

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All babies are different. My 19mth old did EVERYTHING slow. My 8mths old does things that I think he is too young for, but I think it's cause my 8mth old wants to play and run along with my 19mth old, where my 19mth old had no one to run after.
Don't worry, they all do things in their own time. Before you know it they will be running around and you wish they would just lie there again:)
If you are really worried about it hun, talk to your DR.

Paula - posted on 09/12/2010

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Melissa, my 8 month old isn't crawling yet either. He started sitting up on his own a few weeks ago and is doing well with it now. But as for crawling it's not happening yet. If you're concerned ask your child health nurse. But I'm pretty sure your bub is still in the normal time frame category for these things.

April - posted on 09/11/2010

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my doctors said that sitting unassisted takes till about 9 months for mastery (some do it earlier but they don't worry until then) and crawling isn't even a milestone marked by most docs. Alot of kids skip crawling and go straight to walking. I wouldn't worry.

Danielle - posted on 09/11/2010

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Olivia is 7.5 months and she has only just started sitting up on her own and that was today and sadly i missed it, she isn't crawling yet and isn't even interested in trying, she is more interested in trying to walk, but they will do it when they are ready

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