7 month old wont crawl but wants to stand and try to walk

Crystal - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My son has been sitting up from a very early age, I thought this would mean that he would start crawling early also. My son instead has only wanted to stand and go from object to object. Of course falling constantly. Im not sure if i should encourage him to keep trying, or keep putting him tummy down onto the floor, where he just cries until i give him my hands to help pull him up. I'm not sure what to do. He is clearly not happy trying to crawl, but does he need those motor skills, to proceed?

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Krystyne - posted on 03/25/2013

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The ethnocentricity of American parents is astounding! The US is not the center of the child development universe! African babies don't crawl-- they are carried 80 percent of the day. In some cultures the babies don't touch the ground until they are one year old.
Think Darwin not Freud--we adapt, adapt and adapt. Experts freak us out that our child is not doing something right --I was came from a mother in the sixties who drank and smoked while pregnant and at six they said I had minimal brain dysfunction --- the best thing my parents did was not tell me. I have three college degrees and gave birth to two very bright children and have two grandchildren the four year old knows his letters, sounds and numbers to 20 in two languages. The 7th month old does not crawl he wants to walk so I tootle him around holding his hands while he kicks a balloon!
So relax enjoy your baby--this is gravy --when he wants your car--then worry!

Kelly - posted on 12/09/2009

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my son didnt realy crawl much, he went straight to walking.

my doughter is 7 months aswell and she is doing the same thing as your son, my son was doing the same thing at that age aswell.

theres nothing to worrie about.

Kylie-Jane - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son is one in four days and has been pulling himself up on furniture and walking around holding on for about a month. He has been commando crawling since about seven months and only two weeks ago got up onto his hands and knees and started crawling in the 'normal' way... did it for a day and has gone back to commando. Prior to the 'normal' crawl I spoke to my maternal and child health nurse because I was worried about his lack of crawling from a developmental perspective. She told me he did not have to crawl before he walked. However, she said that crawling on the hands and knees was a major developmental skill and it could be done as a game when he was older, with me on the floor crawling around with him. Making it a fun game we could do together with him as a toddler, even once he was walking would mean he gained the left / right brain coordination and other fine and gross motor skills etc but the order in which it was done wasn't cause for stress. I am NOT A DOCTOR, and this is only the information I was given and it made sense to me. Good luck :)

Brandy - posted on 12/10/2009

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I was just at the doctor with my 8 month old son a couple weeks ago. He asked if Isaac was crawling yet. I said no and wondered if he should be. His pediatrician told me that more and more children are going straight to cruising around furniture to walking, skipping crawling completely. He went on to say that there is nothing wrong with not crawling first and that later on, after he learns to walk, he will probably crawl around while playing on the floor. This was advice from a pediatrician, he will develop fine either way that he goes! Don't let some of these other answers discourage you.

Heidi - posted on 12/09/2009

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I will say one more thing and then leave it alone... for all your ladies that told Crystal that your child skipped crawling all together and went to crawling add that your child did infact crawl for some amout of time a week or one month, that is my point your child DID infact crawl at some point. They need it to move on to the next phase in development and not just physically. I did not mean to start such an upraor over this, and I would never post anything that I was not 100% sure on. Good luck to all of you!

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Claire - posted on 03/24/2014

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I basically agree with the above (Heidi), it probably did happen. I’m not an expert, but I do know, as I have extensive training, , that we need to weight bear on our hands, wrist, and arms to build fine motor skills for writing. So crawling, and weight bearing is crucial. Make sure they get that either way. They might not like the tactile sensation of being on their belly and having their palms touched or having to put weight on it is uncomfortable. Just make sure they get the input they need.

Edith - posted on 12/10/2009

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i would keep teaching him 2 walk my 1st was the same. she went straight 2 walking n then after she started walking she started crawling. she would crawl around when she wanted 2, but she walked all the time.

Kristin - posted on 12/09/2009

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I totally agree with Heidi. As far as I know, crawling is very important. Don't discourage his efforts to walk, just include crawling practice too. You can get someone to help you, put him on the floor and move his legs for him. But don't worry too much, more than likely he will crawl in the midst of all this walking practice, even if it's only for a couple of days, and that's enough. My brother had severe developmental difficulties as a child and would not be the intelligent, successful person he is today if it weren't for a very gifted therapist who taught him to crawl at five years old. Something about the mind/body connection of crawling is a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

Allison - posted on 12/09/2009

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Nothing to be too freaked out about, but even Freud put an emphasis on the stages of crawling to walking in the development of a child. As far as the negative impact it will have, I don't think it is anything too severe. My son crawled for less than a month before he was walking, but sometimes you just have to go with THEIR flow.

Carol - posted on 12/09/2009

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I think Heidi rally needs to be careful about her insistance on this subject. I found your advice quite frightening. You are not a health professional and maybe you need to weigh up that others know things too. I have 3 children who never crawled and my eldest is above the average student. Pease if you are concerned talk to a health professional and dont trust others "health professionals". Since time began many children have bypassed milestones. They are called milestones so people have an idea about where a child should be up to not a test that they need to achieve. There are other ways of checking motor skills development and of developing motor skills. Relax and enjoy what he does. It will be over in a brief moment and they will be grown functioning adults in society and you will be proudly telling tales of how this intelligent little boy once never needed to crawl. Take care.

Renae - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Heidi :

I see that many disagree with what I said but please talk to your Dr. I have done research and I would never instill fear in someone unless I knew what I was talking about (I would never instill fear no matter what but you get what I mean) I found this just with a quick google, if you want more I can get it for anyone on here...


When babies skip crawling -- and by this we mean the classic hands-and-knees crawl -- then they miss out on more opportunities to develop that strength and wind up with weaker upper body muscles.

"Crawling helps strengthen the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders because babies have to constantly activate them to support their body weight," says Felice Sklamberg, a pediatric occupational therapist at New York University's School of Medicine. "We're seeing that because non-crawlers aren't as strong, they have a harder time as older children pulling themselves out of a pool, climbing a jungle gym, or even picking themselves up from the floor."

Skipping this milestone can also affect a child's ability to hold silverware or a pencil down the road, since the weight-bearing experience of crawling helps develop arches and stretch out ligaments in the wrist and hand that are needed for fine motor skills. "During the crawling period, the large joint at the base of the thumb is expanded into its full range of motion, so noncrawlers may have messier handwriting, for example," explains Mary Benbow, an occupational therapist and a leading expert on pediatric hand development.

Crawling is a unique experience in other ways as well. "It's a real step up for coordination because it's the first opportunity to practice bilateral coordination -- using the arms and legs in reciprocal movements," says Jane Case-Smith, director of the division of occupational therapy at Ohio State University's School of Allied Medical Professions in Columbus and an early-intervention specialist. "This skill is used in activities like getting dressed, self-feeding, and sports. A child who sidesteps crawling may have more of a struggle catching up."

Babies who skip any kind of scooting or dragging miss out on the benefits of being on the floor as well. "Children learn through interaction with their hands. They don't get as much if they go straight to walking, because then they need to use their hands for balance," says Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D., chief of neonatology and associate professor of pediatrics at New York University's School of Medicine. "Navigating on the ground also helps visual spatial skills and depth perception develop more quickly."


All of what Heidi says is true. It is ideal that all kids do things in exact order (commando, crawl, travel, walk) but not all kids do. Although like I said he can go back and learn to crawl after he walks and avoid many of the issues Heidi mentions.



If you are ever worried the people to see are a Paediatric Physiotherapist and a Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

Renae - posted on 12/09/2009

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He doesn't need to be on his tummy to learn to crawl, if he is going to crawl he can do it from a sitting position. Some time on his tummy each day (if you can get him to do it without crying by lying next to him amusing him) is good for the development of his core muscles which he needs to stand and walk.



Rebecca mentioned that they no longer consider crawling a major milestone. I just wanted to clarify that crawling is no longer considered an intellectual milestone, so it has nothing to do with the development of intellegence. It is still considered a physical milestone and will affect things like coordination and playing sports in adult life. (Some GP's didn't bother to read the detail when this was discovered so they are only giving people half the story).



Also just because he is pulling himself up and travelling now, doesn't always mean he will walk first, he might stop doing this one day and start crawling. The normal range for crawling is 6-10 months, so he has plenty of time yet.



It is true that not all babies crawl and you should let him do whatever his little brain is telling him it wants to do. Nature has been doing this for a million years and knows what its doing. The important thing is that he learns to crawl at some point and doesn't completely skip it, so its ok if he learns to crawl after he walks as long as he learns it sometime in early childhood. If he doesn't crawl at all things like riding a bike and swimming will be very difficult for him.

Sandra - posted on 12/08/2009

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He will walk first. Help him.........take his hand and continue to let him pull up on you.....then take baby steps, inch by inch, until he feels safe to walk......I'm laughing, because he's tired of you putting him on his tummy, that's why he's pulling his self back up. get him the walking shoe now.....it's the hard white shoe's babys start out walking with.........sweetie.......he's ready to wallk, and need those shoes to help him with his balance.

Joan - posted on 12/08/2009

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my daughter walked before she crawled i wouldn't be too concerned.

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Marjorie - posted on 12/08/2009

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If your child want to walk instaed of crawl, that's fine. Every child iis different.

Marjorie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

7 month old wont crawl but wants to stand and try to walk

My son has been sitting up from a very early age, I thought this would mean that he would start crawling early also. My son instead has only wanted to stand and go from object to object. Of course falling constantly. Im not sure if i should encourage him to keep trying, or keep putting him tummy down onto the floor, where he just cries until i give him my hands to help pull him up. I'm not sure what to do. He is clearly not happy trying to crawl, but does he need those motor skills, to proceed?



Sometimes babies walk before they crawl.  But once he does he wiill crawl.

C. - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Heidi :

I know what they other ladies said but please look this up and talk to your dr. A child DOES need to crawl before walking. It has been proven that children who do not have more trouble in school. Even if it is just for one day he does need to crawl!!!


How funny you say that. All of my mom's children (4) went straight to walking and we have done perfectly fine in school. My sister even got a 4.0 GPA until her last year of college!!! So I think you may need to refine your research to things that have come out recently.

C. - posted on 12/08/2009

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Some babies go straight to walking rather than crawling first, so don't be shocked and don't think it's not Ok.

Cynthia - posted on 12/08/2009

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My baby brother ( 8 years younger than me) took off walking the day he turned 8 months old. He had never even attempted to crawl! We got a Christmas box in the mail from my aunt in Chicago and he decided he wanted it so he let go of the couch and just walked over to it! We were shocked! He didn't learn how to crawl until a while later!

Heidi - posted on 12/08/2009

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I see that many disagree with what I said but please talk to your Dr. I have done research and I would never instill fear in someone unless I knew what I was talking about (I would never instill fear no matter what but you get what I mean) I found this just with a quick google, if you want more I can get it for anyone on here...


When babies skip crawling -- and by this we mean the classic hands-and-knees crawl -- then they miss out on more opportunities to develop that strength and wind up with weaker upper body muscles.

"Crawling helps strengthen the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders because babies have to constantly activate them to support their body weight," says Felice Sklamberg, a pediatric occupational therapist at New York University's School of Medicine. "We're seeing that because non-crawlers aren't as strong, they have a harder time as older children pulling themselves out of a pool, climbing a jungle gym, or even picking themselves up from the floor."

Skipping this milestone can also affect a child's ability to hold silverware or a pencil down the road, since the weight-bearing experience of crawling helps develop arches and stretch out ligaments in the wrist and hand that are needed for fine motor skills. "During the crawling period, the large joint at the base of the thumb is expanded into its full range of motion, so noncrawlers may have messier handwriting, for example," explains Mary Benbow, an occupational therapist and a leading expert on pediatric hand development.

Crawling is a unique experience in other ways as well. "It's a real step up for coordination because it's the first opportunity to practice bilateral coordination -- using the arms and legs in reciprocal movements," says Jane Case-Smith, director of the division of occupational therapy at Ohio State University's School of Allied Medical Professions in Columbus and an early-intervention specialist. "This skill is used in activities like getting dressed, self-feeding, and sports. A child who sidesteps crawling may have more of a struggle catching up."

Babies who skip any kind of scooting or dragging miss out on the benefits of being on the floor as well. "Children learn through interaction with their hands. They don't get as much if they go straight to walking, because then they need to use their hands for balance," says Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D., chief of neonatology and associate professor of pediatrics at New York University's School of Medicine. "Navigating on the ground also helps visual spatial skills and depth perception develop more quickly."

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i have neva heard that a child has 2 crawl !!
if ur son is happy standing and trying 2 walk then let him, no point putting him on his tummy if he doesnt like it and just crys,
ive heard of many children that dont crawl just go straight 2 walking and have no problems at school.

Anne - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son (10 months) is doing the same thing; he wants to stand and he pulls up on the livingroom table but he is just now showing interest in being on his knees, but wants nothing to do with being on his belly regardless of how much 'tummy' time i have him do. Either way I'm puzzled, help anyone?

Samantha - posted on 12/08/2009

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my son didnt do anything until 12 months he crawled for two days then was running... i say encourage if bub is ready... nothing wrong with early walking after 6 month period!

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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I agree, encourage him to walk. My son was walking by 6.5 months or 7 months also and never crawled. The Dr. said there was nothing wrong with this.

Nicol - posted on 12/08/2009

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Alright my 9 year old daughter has never crawled. At around 7 and a hlaf months she was pulling herself up and moving around by hanging on to things. About 2 weeks later she was walking by herslef. She has no problems with learning or motor skills or anything like that. She loves writing songs and stories. She is top in her class.

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Quoting Heidi :

I know what they other ladies said but please look this up and talk to your dr. A child DOES need to crawl before walking. It has been proven that children who do not have more trouble in school. Even if it is just for one day he does need to crawl!!!





 



No offence, Heidi, but, there are a lot of studies about a lot of things, can't listen to them all.



Crystal, my son is an early developer as well and he was trying to stand before crawling. He soon realised it was easier to crawl. Kids will do what they want when they want and how they want. There is nothing you can do to stop them, so, just take it in your stide. Just show him the way and pick him up when he falls. Good luck, Crystal.

Nadine - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Heidi :

I know what they other ladies said but please look this up and talk to your dr. A child DOES need to crawl before walking. It has been proven that children who do not have more trouble in school. Even if it is just for one day he does need to crawl!!!


Proven where? Don't instill fear in this woman. What is wrong with you?

Nadine - posted on 12/08/2009

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Let him walk!! Get him a walker he can push easily and he'll be walking on his own in no time.

Mariella - posted on 12/08/2009

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I agree with Kerri and Heidi. A child needs to crawl, it's a very important phase in their life. I've also read about the muscle development, drawing and writing. I would encourage it if I were you.

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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Sounds like he is cruising(between objects) Some babies don't crawl first and will go right to standing and cruising... encourage him! any movement is building muscles and motor skills!!! My daughter started climbing up on the sofa before she could walk! They all do things at their own pace... You might find him crawling soon he just figured out how to pull himself up first and that got him mobile... Once he figures out that he can get where he wants to go a lot faster by crawling he will be all over the place! My little girl was so proud that she learned something new she did it all the time and as soon as she learned something else that was that new hot thing to do until she figured out the next thing and so on... Don't worry he'll figure it out! Have fun with him!!!

Heidi - posted on 12/08/2009

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I know what they other ladies said but please look this up and talk to your dr. A child DOES need to crawl before walking. It has been proven that children who do not have more trouble in school. Even if it is just for one day he does need to crawl!!!

Kerri - posted on 12/08/2009

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From a learning point of view he needs to crawl. Amongst other things it will help his brain development and with coordination, muscle development, drawing and ultimately writing. Early childhood research considers crawling an important phase in a babies life as it has impacts on so many things a child does in the future.

Amanda - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son started pulling himself up at 8 months and has been walking around objects ever since ... he started a month or so later with scooting around and at about 10 months really started crawling. I think you should encourage him to keep walking. Good luck!!

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Let him do what he wants. Some children skip crawling all together and go straight to walking. My daughter started standing at 9 months then started walking about 9 1/2 months. She crawled for a little bit, but not for long. He will be fine no mater what, and if he is around other kids he may have just figured thats the best way to go!

Rebecca - posted on 12/08/2009

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Encourage him to walk. I have read that crawling is no longer considered a major milestone and some children actually neevr crawl. Our son was a scooter and we worried but he got to where he needed to be and our Dr said it was fine. He started doing that around 8 months and then crawled for about 2 weeks around 11months and then was walking right away. Get the book "what to expect the first year". You should be able to find it second hand so you wont have to pay the 20$ for a few months of reading but it's so worth it. This is where i got the info on crawling as i'm trying to figure out if my daughter is on track,she is almost 5 months old.

Good luck:)

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