Rolling, Scooting, Pulling Up?

Betsy - posted on 05/13/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son, born 10/21, has no motivation to roll from his back to his tummy, scoot on the floor, or pull up on things. I'm curious to know if any other babies are the same way. He prefers just to lay on his back all day. I help him roll to his tummy, but he tries to roll right back over. He will reach for toys when he's on his tummy, but absolutely no scooting or rolling to try to get to it. He likes to try and stand holding onto my arm or onto furniture, but won't even try to pull up. We work on tummy time, reaching, pulling, sitting, etc. everyday but so far to no avail. Any suggestions?

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Anastasia - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Betsy:

Thanks for all the suggestions! My son has started trying to army crawl (mostly in a circle) and he does roll more to get to toys that are within reach. I'll just be patient and see what happens next!


 



Hey that's how my son started!! First it was in a circle, then very slowly forward with one leg, then both legs (quite unco-ordinated) and he didn't know how to use his arms yet so he plowed into the floor quite a few times, then push-ups (where they push up on there tip toes and hands),then rocking, then forward lunges while in the air and more face plants, then learnt to lift hands while up in the air, and then finally learnt to lift and plant hands successfully without falling over. And then got faster and faster.     Thats his crawling calender.



I also remember his trying to pull up, pulling up, sitting, beginning to cruise, cruising and teething process if you wanted my experience (you probably dont), but i'm still offering it.



 



Ummm...I know you didn't ask for an answer or anything, but i thought it might be useful as a general guide because I drove myself insane not knowing how long it would take, Tobys process took about three months. But your son might just get up and just GO since he's older than Toby was. I hope this is a little bit helpful.



 

Anastasia - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Betsy:

Thanks for all the suggestions! My son has started trying to army crawl (mostly in a circle) and he does roll more to get to toys that are within reach. I'll just be patient and see what happens next!


 



Hey that's how my son started!! First it was in a circle, then very slowly forward with one leg, then both legs (quite unco-ordinated) and he didn't know how to use his arms yet so he plowed into the floor quite a few times, then push-ups (where they push up on there tip toes and hands),then rocking, then forward lunges while in the air and more face plants, then learnt to lift hands while up in the air, and then finally learnt to lift and plant hands successfully without falling over. And then got faster and faster.     Thats his crawling calender.



I also remember his trying to pull up, pulling up, sitting, beginning to cruise, cruising and teething process if you wanted my experience (you probably dont), but i'm still offering it.



 



Ummm...I know you didn't ask for an answer or anything, but i thought it might be useful as a general guide because I drove myself insane not knowing how long it would take, Tobys process took about three months. But your son might just get up and just GO since he's older than Toby was. I hope this is a little bit helpful.



 

Betsy - posted on 05/26/2009

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Thanks for all the suggestions! My son has started trying to army crawl (mostly in a circle) and he does roll more to get to toys that are within reach. I'll just be patient and see what happens next!

Kristy - posted on 05/26/2009

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My Daughter born 10/29 is the same way, no interest in rolling or crawling, content laying on back. she does have a walker moves all around the house, she has an exersaucer which she loves to be in, and the doorway jumper. at her 6 month visit her Dr. said to stop putting her in these things and just keep her on the floor so she can learn to crawl, roll, etc. she hates being on her tummy. she can sit up on her own, but only if I put her into a sitting position, she cant laydown then sit up.

Ashlee - posted on 05/25/2009

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we never had one - but my son seems ok without- he sits alone and is almost crawling

Briana - posted on 05/25/2009

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OMG BUMBOS ARE AWESOME!!! We borrowed one from our neighbor across the street whose boys had outgrown it...

Susan - posted on 05/25/2009

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My son is also very active and my friends daughter just recently started rolling over. Something that helped my son getting going was a bumbo! You can find them on craigslist for $5-$20 or a new one for $30-$35

Briana - posted on 05/25/2009

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mine started pulling himself up today, even standing for a few seconds on his own...

Shannon - posted on 05/25/2009

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Hi Betsy!

Don't worry, your little one will be moving soon enough. Loxley was born 10/04 and was just like yours up until about two weeks ago when he started rolling from his back to front (he'd be doing the opposite for a few months) all the time! Very quickly he started army crawling and now he's getting up on all fours and moving his arms and legs but not quite at the same time. I was sure he would bypass crawling altogether and just start walking as he loved to stand and walk (with help obviously) but didn't want to be on his tummy. But then one day, he just started going! Don't worry, yours will too, when he's ready!

Briana - posted on 05/22/2009

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like I said before mine HATED tummy time for the longest...then all of a sudden it clicked into place and now I can't keep him still! Even when changing diapers he has to be moving and screams like I am killing him because he has to hold still for the 15 seconds it takes to change him!

Jen - posted on 05/22/2009

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Quoting Betsy:

Rolling, Scooting, Pulling Up?

My son, born 10/21, has no motivation to roll from his back to his tummy, scoot on the floor, or pull up on things. I'm curious to know if any other babies are the same way. He prefers just to lay on his back all day. I help him roll to his tummy, but he tries to roll right back over. He will reach for toys when he's on his tummy, but absolutely no scooting or rolling to try to get to it. He likes to try and stand holding onto my arm or onto furniture, but won't even try to pull up. We work on tummy time, reaching, pulling, sitting, etc. everyday but so far to no avail. Any suggestions?


My son is exactly the same way.  He HATES tummy time.  The instant I put him on his tummy, he screams bloody murder and rolls to his back.  He's content to lay on his back forever and not interested in rolling over.  I know he is capable of doing it (he has a few times) but just not motivated.  I'm get worried about it and my ped suggested that we could try physical therapy but I have so many friends whose babies didn't start rolling/crawling until later (9 or 10 months) so I haven't tried it yet.  I try to work with him every day but can't force it, you know?  I just keep telling myself  it'll come in time, every baby's different.  Also, he's a gigantic baby (22lbs now) and always has been since birth (9lb, 4oz) so maybe his size has something to do with it?

Briana - posted on 05/20/2009

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until recently mine hated tummy time! he didn't roll over or anything. He will be 7 months in a week. Then it was like a light bulb clicked on and he was sitting up by himself, holding his bottle, crawling, grabbing things and flinging them across the room, pulling things down off the couch when he's on the floor, pushing things to the floor when he's on the couch, eating 2nd foods, drinking from a sippy, my gosh! so much in just a matter of 2 weeks...he has always been active though whether it was grabbing stuff or just kind of rolling/swaying on his back babbling...he too was colicky the first 3 months.

Ashlee - posted on 05/20/2009

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my son, born 10/25 has rolled over for months now and has sat up by himself for quite a while he can "crawl" backwards (similar to the worm) but nor forwards yet he didn't like tummy time until maybe 2 months ago. He hasn't pulled up on anything yet - maybe because he hasn't had the chance. He was in his jumperoo and exersaucer since before 3 months so his legs are strong once he goes I am sure he won't stop.
All babies are different and I wouldn't worry about it, I used to worry that he didnt eat or poop or whatever enough and then once he did wonder if it was too much - makes your head spin.
They'll do it when they are ready

Kimberly - posted on 05/20/2009

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My daughter who was born on 10/12 and had me so worried because she was not rolling over or sitting on her own. Well in the last week she is like a different baby she is rolling over like crazy. And can sit forever on her own. I think it took her longer because she hated tummy time. But now that she has control she loves it and even sleeps that way most of the time. It is amazing how quickly they can learn stuff. She is my 3rd child and was behind and my dr was a little concerned but she wanted to do it on her own terms and now she is right were she should be. So just give your son a couple of weeks and see what happens. Just try not to worry too much.

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2009

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my daughter crawls stands and it now trying to walk *she pushes her toys across the room to walk behind them* but theres a boy in my sons preschool class his baby sister is 1 week younger then my baby and baby has just figured how to sit unsupported so it really really varies

Sara - posted on 05/15/2009

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my son just learned to roll from back to tummy about 2 weeks ago. he has been able to roll from tummy to back for awhile. he hates being on his back so he goes straight to tummy. he army crawls to get arond the house. he will be up and around in no time because he wants to get our cat because he likes to pet her. every child learns in thier own time,

Samantha - posted on 05/14/2009

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My son will be 7 months on Friday, and all he wants to do is walk and stand. He can walk in his walker but not on his own yet, he does stand on his own not holding on to anything for about 30 secs. He only crawls to get to something he can use to pull himself up into a standing position. But he crawls fast and upright. From there he holds on to things and moves right along. I think different babies just do things at different times. He was rolling over one way at 3 weeks old. I think he is just a mover. I did get a walker for him and once he got in that he really started to come along really fast in the standing department. He was never really interested in tummy time, which is why i think he rolled over at three weeks, so he could be on his back. But he can go from crawling to sitting or standing on his own. I can't keep him from pulling himself up on thing. I have really just worked a lot with him on these things, but he was always eager to do them, Also he was in a jolly jumper fairly young, and I think that helped him to develop his leg strength.

Nila - posted on 05/13/2009

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I think that you are doing a great thing my trying to provoke him to move by tempting him with stuff.. My son has been crawling since the middle of April and he was born 10/13.. have you asked the Dr. if he is behind and what you can do about it? Thats what I would be doing for sure... next time you take him for shots, just ask!! :)

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2009

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I'm in the same boat! My son is extremely active and always has been. He was very colicky the first 3 months and has always moved his body a lot. Now he can get onto all fours and rock back and forth, scoot around on his tummy 360 degrees, roll front to back. He does not pull himself up yet, and although he could push up with his feet to stand with assistance from 1 month of age, and he can take steps if I hold his hands, he's nowhere near being ready to walk yet. He'd like to, but he'd just fall over. He's pretty big, too, at 18 pounds, but not overweight because he is so active. It's a lot of work! He needs constant interaction and things to play with and do or he gets bored and fussy. So...I think having a baby that wants to lay around and relax all the time is probably easier. Babies develop at different rates, and I wouldn't worry too much about a baby who is slow to crawl or walk. My stepsons both walked late (after 1 year of age) and skipped crawling altogether. I have read that this can be genetic, so perhaps their mom was a late walker/non-crawler. My sister's baby is 2 weeks older than mine and is already trying to walk, but has also skipped the crawling stage. If you're really worried, you might talk to your pediatrician, but I think they will just attribute your baby's relaxed approach to things as a normal variation. Enjoy your quiet time while you still can! All the best.

Danielle - posted on 05/13/2009

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Jennifer, reading your reply reminds me of my son so much...He is extremely active too...never wants to sit sitll... He also LOVE the remote. We actually gave him a dvd player remote that we have never really used and he just holds it and swings it around. It's pretty cute.... Just thought I would let you know...lol

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2009

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My son will be 7 months on Friday and he is very active and is already doing the "army crawl" as well as pushing into the sitting position and pulling up on the crib railing. He has been rolling both ways for several months now. However, our pediatrician said that he is advanced for his age as far as his physical capabilities and I attribute it to the fact that he has always loved tummy time. He actually can't stand to be on his back (which makes diaper changes quite the chore)!



Anyway, he has a little girlfriend who is 1 week younger (born 10/22) and she is just like your son. She is perfectly content on her back, hates to be on her tummy and makes no effort to try and move around. In terms of all other developmental milestones, my son and this little girl are identical, but she's just more content to lay there. She has always been a very laid back baby where as my son constantly has to have attention and has to be moving or playing with something. I have a feeling your son is just more laid back and content to be wherever you put him and that he will begin to do these things on his own time.



I do know that in the beginning, the only thing my son would try and crawl for was his paci or the remote (his favorite!) so maybe try to find something he really likes such as a pacifier, bottle, favorite toy, etc. and put it just out of reach and see if he tries to go for it. I'd also just really enforce the sitting and put toys all around him. Get out of his line of sight and just see what he does. My son will always start in a sitting position and when he's tired of it or sees something he wants he just leans to his tummy and then starts scooting around.



I hope some of this helps! I wouldn't be concerned and might even be a little thankful...I can't take my eyes off of my little guy anymore because he's into everything!

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