Is he behind?

Andrea - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 months old. He says Mama and Dada but that's it. He can sit up, but doesn't crawl. Just turns himself in a circle. He also isn't pulling up on anything. I am worried that he is quite behind. What are your 10 month olds doing?

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Bridget - posted on 06/26/2010

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Babies development can be drastically different. For example my niece didn't begin walking until she was 15 months old. Her Pediatrician was not concerned at all with her development and told her parents it was perfectly normal and that they don't become concerned until around 18 months old. On the other hand my identical twins started walking at 10 months old, that's 5 months earlier, that's a huge difference, yet they are both considered normal. Then with the talking, my twins starting talking at 7 months now at 10 months old then can say about 6 words, however from what I've been reading, 12 months is the age when most kids begin to say their first word so it seems that your son is early according to the experts so I wouldn't worry about his language skills. People seem to be very observant of other people's babies & when their babies aren't doing something another child is they seem to get very concerned, (I do the same thing!) Try not to focus on anyone else's children because believe me they are all so different! Your son seems perfectly normal from your description but then again you know him best :) if you are still very concerned you can always meet with your Pediatrician.

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Amanda - posted on 06/27/2010

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Your son sounds like he's doing fine. Like everyone else says, it really just depends on the baby sometimes. My son started crawling at 7 months and was walking at 10 1/2. He has a pretty wide vocabulary, he says mama, daddy, doggie, birdie, num-num, nummy, fire, tank you, hey, hi, yeah, ahh-boo, ducky and is constantly blah-blahing. We're always outdoors so i think that had alot to do with the words he picked up on and i think he's just advanced for his age. That doesn't make him any better than any other baby, he just developed at a different rate.

Briony - posted on 06/27/2010

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my son has just turned 11 months and he can say mummy, daddy, pappa and ta for thanks, he can crawl and stand on his own but dont worry he just started in the last 3 wks...

Christina - posted on 06/27/2010

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No, your son is not behind. My daughter did the same thing till she was about 9 months old when she learned how to fully crawl. Shia will be 11 months end of June and can pull herself up on things and walk around holding on. Her vocabulary is good, she can say "mama, dada, car, no, papa, cat, light.." She can also wave hi and bye. I have learned the more space the child has they better they can explore and be mobile. I point at alot of things and say/repeat the word to my daughter and she catches on quickly and will say the word back. Just be patient and work with your son.

Jenni+shane - posted on 06/27/2010

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like other mothers say all babies are different often they can do one thing but not other thing if he is still one and not crawling u should talk to your doctor. to help make sure u give him lots of tummy time put his favourite toy in front of him to help encourage him to crawl. when comes talking talk to him all time reads books to him point to pictures and tell him what it is.at this age a lot ot their talking is hard to understand and they may say work wrong. eg my girl who is nearly one says uck for duck leaving out letter d lot kids do this at young age.premature babies u have go by their due date and boys often are later than girls. i know must be hard if u seeing babies younger than yours doing stuff your child cant but dont worry he catch up and eventually be doing stuff they cant. my child was advance for her age when she was younger but has slow down now. months ago i thought she be definatley walking before her bday now her bday is in four days and still not walking i am little disapointed but then i think once she walking she no loner my baby girl

Kendra - posted on 06/26/2010

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Well, my 11 month old son has been walking along basiclly anything he can pull himself up on for a good month now. He is getting fairly close to walking. He says 'Mama' 'Papa' and 'Dada'. He has also been able to wave Hello/Good-bye since he was 8 months old. But, he couldn't sit on his own until he actully started pulling himself up on the furniture (10 months) and he started to crawl around 6-7 months.

But like many other conserned Mommy's above me have stated, every baby develop's diffrently.

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Remember that some babies never crawl and just skip straight to cruising and walking. My daughter never truly crawled - just scooted around on her bum to get places until she could get up to standing and cruise around at about 10 months.

Jamie - posted on 06/25/2010

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My daughter is eleven months and she just learned how to walk. She says mama dada buh bye uh oh ow thank you titi(auntie in spanish) boca(mouth in spanish) daddy, and she likes to growl for some reason unknown to me haha. But that does seem a little wierd my brother was like that he didnt want to move either so they doctor set him up with physical therapy they come to you and everything. they could help him move a bit more :)

Gabriella - posted on 06/24/2010

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Please don't be worried about what your baby can and cannot do. And don't compare your baby to other babies. It only makes you worry more. Every baby develops at different rates. What's important is that your son is healthy, happy and comfortable in what he does.

Just to let you know, my daughter only says mama and dada and something that sounds like yum yum, but only after someone says it. The rest is babbling. As for sitting, standing, crawling and walking, my daughter can do the first 3 but not the last one. She stands if she's holding onto something. She's also got 2 teeth on the bottom. That's it. Am I worried? No. As long as she can eat and drink, I'm fine with that.

By the way, I also thought my daughter was behind with teething, crawling and standing, but she is fine with the rate she develops. As long as she's happy, I'm a happy mum.

All things in good time, my dear! Just enjoy your son and be happy for what he can do. If you're really worried about him not sitting up properly, take him to your GP and have a talk about your concerns.

Hope all goes well.

Dawn - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter just turned 11 months...she was walking 2 days before she turned 10 months, however, she doesn't say anything. She sort of says Uh Oh....but that is it. She babbles A LOT and she laughs all the time, but nothing that you can make out to be words. She only has 3 bottom teeth, no top teeth. She is very good at picking things up and eating them by herself. She goes from sitting to standing without assistance but if she wants to get somewhere really fast, she will crawl.

Patrice - posted on 06/23/2010

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Don't worry! Like plenty of the other moms said, they do things in their own time. I was a bit worried about my son, becuase he wasn't crawling or pulling up on things when he turned 10 months, but the past couple of weeks he's started crawling and pulling up and he's almost 11 months. I think the circle is when they start figuring out that they can make themselves move, because my son did that alot, then he started rolling, then scooting to where he wanted to go. At least you get Mama, I don't even get that yet. My son says Mmmm, dada, ba, butt, and just about any other b word(although they all sound almost the same).

Lisa - posted on 06/23/2010

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Dont worry about it Andrea. My daughter has only just started crawling here and she is 11 months. She will say Moma and Dada but that's about it. She is now starting to pull herself up, but everything seems to be happening at once with her now. I never thought she was going to bother crawling as she just wants to be in her walker or walked around. They can only do so much at once and everything that they do is a hugh milestone.

Melissa - posted on 06/22/2010

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my wee man just turned 11 months and he doesnt even sit up yet lol. He doesnt crawl up on all fours either he just commando crawls :)

Jacqueline - posted on 06/22/2010

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There is nothing wrong with your little angel. My daughter was born 1lb 4 ounces and she is just learning how to get up and crawl. She hasn't spoken as yet either. Dont worry when they are ready they will do just what they need to. Give her a lot of floor opportunities and encourge your baby to do these things. Be patient and loving as always and you will see two things may be coming along together.

Nicola - posted on 06/21/2010

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My daughter will be 11 months on 26th. She cant crawl either, puts herself on2 her tummy from sitting up, although she is tryin. She can onli sit up when i sit her up to that position. My daughter is goin through chemotherapy which weakens the muscles....so she is doin rather good for what shes been through, and shes been gettin it since she was 11 weeks old. They all do things at different stages, will do it when they are ready too

Caitlyn - posted on 06/21/2010

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my son will be 1 july 12th, so he is a little older then yours. but he didn't start crawling til 9.5 months and didn't start pulling up until close to 10 months. so i would NOT worry at all, he's doing just fine! & you should enjoy it now, before he's all over the place :)

Laura - posted on 06/21/2010

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my son just turned 11 months and he doesnt crawl but commando crawals really fast, he sits up really well but we have to sit him like that, i think its because he is very long and has alot more torso to support. little babies tend to crawl and stand and walk early i think. but my 2 1/2 year old son was spot on for all his milestones except for talking, which my 11 month is really good at, he only says 'dada', 'mama', 'buba' and gaga but he bables alot more than my older son. so im not really concerned and i know it seems as though every other baby is doing everything but they probably not.

Heather - posted on 06/21/2010

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My daughetr only said mama and dada then all the sudden she started new words rather quickly. When he's ready he will.

Teri - posted on 06/21/2010

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I wouldn't worry too much. My now 4 1/2 year old didn't crawl until she was 10 months old, and then 2 weeks after she turned 1, she was walking. Kids are remarkable at how fast they change and grow.

Jackie - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son was close to 11 months before he started crawling as well. Two weeks later, he now pulls himself up on everything and cruises around the furniture with ease. I wouldn't worry, though I know that's easier said than done! My pediatrician said that sometimes they focus so much on other skills such as fine motor or verbal skills that the gross motor skills develop later. My little guy is pretty advanced verbally, so I'm guessing that's what happened with him. Just keep putting your son on his belly, maybe hold his hips up so he is on his knees and gets used to that feeling a few times a day, and he'll surprise you by crawling soon! And then you'll spend your days chasing him and be grateful that he was a late crawler :)

Jamie - posted on 06/19/2010

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Don't worry ... my daughter was 10.5 months before she starting crawling and she says some words as well, she mostly babbles though. If I put my daughter into a certain position she will pull herself up, but otherwise she cannot do it on her own. Previous to her crawling the doctors assessed her and said that she was strong and she may one of the babies that doesn't crawl but goes right to walking. Well, 2 days after that appointment she started to crawl. Just give your son time.. and you never know, he might just skip the crawling stage and go right to walking.

Naomi - posted on 06/18/2010

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summer is 11 months she babbles and says the odd word occasionally she doesnt crawl but bum shuffles she started to pull up only this week she is a really fussy eater an at moment just wants cheese sandwhiches generaly she will just scream till she gets what she wants

Elita - posted on 06/17/2010

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11 month old her and has only just started to crawl......so your son is not behind and they all do things in thre own time.....hang in there he will get it very soon.

Kimberly - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter will be 11 months on the 29th she isn't crawling either. She can crawl backwards and rolls and scoots everywhere she needs to go but she can't seem to get her chubby thighs to move forward. She just started pulling herself up but only onto her knees she can't get herself up on her feet yet. She only says Mama, Dada, Hi and Mmmmm. I too worry she is a bit behind but every baby is different. This is my 3rd (& last) so I think I've babied her a bit too much knowing she is the last one. :(

Gail - posted on 06/14/2010

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dont worry all babys develope at different rates... I know its hard when it comes to crawling as its obvious and you can see... my son didnt crawl till after 9 months and he is now almost 11 months and only just started to try to pull himself up into the standing posistion. But there are others things he did before some of his friends that werent that noticable.



You may find that they go straight to walking, and i know a lots of babys did this after their first birthday. Just encourage floor play, and interact with them and they will be just fine...

Jenni+shane - posted on 06/14/2010

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my child was doing all that she was crawling at this age but i was told she was advance for her age all children learn different ages so i would not worry yet if by one and still not crawling then u should be concerned but remember they say boys are slower than girls or if prem baby u have go by the day they were due ihave little girl who is 11 months and she be standing up abd crawling for few months so just waiting for first steps as she will hold on do nothing for second i cant wait for first steps hope this helps

Christina - posted on 06/13/2010

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My 11 month old doesn't say Mama or Dada, and I understand where you are coming from because I worry too. She stated crawling at 8 months and pulling up like 2 weeks after crawling. I thick the other Mother that have posted are right, all babies do things at thier own time. Which I know that is true, however like you I worry!

Genia - posted on 06/13/2010

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There is SUCh a wide variety of normal development! Your son sounds fine. I know it can be hard to see babies younger than yours doing more (my middle son didn't crawl until 10 months, 3 weeks, 1 day and didn't walk until 13.5 months, wheras my first son walked at 9.5 months and crawled at 10 months...my baby now who's about 10.5 months has been crawling since she was 7 months old and just started walking in the past 2 weeks - it varies so much!) but it doesn't mean that there's anything wrong! My first child didn't say a single real word (he could babble but dada and mama never meant anything) until he was 18 months old! But he was talking in complete sentences less than a year later. Middle child started attempting his first word (making the "k" sound for kitty) when he was 7 months old, and current baby also said her first word (also kitty, lol) at 7 months. Don't worry! Put him on his tummy a lot and talk to him a lot, but don't worry!

Vanessa - posted on 06/12/2010

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my daughter just turned 11 months and she just learned how to crawl on her knees! she can only say mama and dada as well. It varies with every baby. Making sure your baby gets alot of floor time is helpful cuz the more space and time they have on the floor they will get better at it. She is waving, and rocking back and fourth and is very vocal when it comes to yelling things, and she can pick things up very well. We are just now starting to help her get on her feet. but she still hasnt been able to lift herself up on to things just yet. It takes alot of time and patience.

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