9 month old daughter does not crawl or roll over is this normal
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User - posted on 05/13/2012
hi my baby is now 10 months old he was 4 weeks premature he hates lying on his front so he can't roll over he also can't crawl he just sits there playing with his toys. has anyone got any suggestions on how i can help him as am starting to get worried now thanks.
Renae - posted on 01/14/2010
The baby crunches are her trying to sit up. Can she sit unsupported?
If she does not start moving by 10mo it is a good idea to take her to a Paediatric Physiotherapist (must be a paediatric one not a normal one) to be assessed. A public health nurse or child health nurse can also give you an "Ages and Stages Questionairre" which helps determine whether baby might have a problem that needs addressing. By baby scores 0 for gross motor skills and early language development so he needs some help in those areas. I think that it is better to identify any problems as early as possible and do something about it than to wait until the problem is obvious and bigger when they are older.
My baby also never rolled and missed out on learning a lot of how to move his body and things like how to lean without falling over, how to turn to face the other way, sit up using his hands to push himself up instead of doing crunches etc and this effected his ability to learn to crawl. He is currently 10.5mo and the physio exercises he is doing are working really fast to help him learn how to move and control his body. As soon as you show him how to do something he is so excited that he can do it and he only needs to be shown once or twice. I am all for letting them develop at their own pace but the problem can be that if the baby cognitively knows whats going on and knows what they want to do but doesn't know how to do it they can get very frustrated. The exercises are really just showing him where to put his hand or foot and how to do it.
Also take note of whether she is progressing. If she is making even slow progress then that is what really matters, its when they dont learn or do anything new for a few months that they might need help.
BTW the normal range for starting to crawl is 6-10 months so you have another month before your daughter is outside of "normal".
Katherine - posted on 01/14/2010
The crawling wouldn't concern me, but the rolling over might. I'm not sure what age this milestone is. My 10mo started at 4 months(rolling over) crawling at 6 and she's starting to walk now. This is all insanely early though. My nephew didn't start crawling until about 10 months and walking at 16. So every child is different. I would check on the rolling over though.
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Amy - posted on 07/17/2012
my daughter will be 9 months old on july 24 and she will walk while holding on to someone's hands and walks in her walk and tries to walk in her jenny jump up but shows no interest in crawling or rolling over, when she is on her stomach she does go backwards, side to side and in a circle but will not go forward or get up on her knees should i be concerned?
Pathways - posted on 01/21/2010
Lots of Tummy Time is the best way to encourage crawling. If you are having a hard time with TT, take a look that this video from Pathways Awareness, geared towards making tummy time easier (bit.ly/8IhuuF) but if you are concerned, talking to your doctor about your concerns is the first step. Don’t hesitate to follow your instincts as a parent.
Hi Charity. I have twin girls. They are now 3 years old, but i was also worried when they were little because on 9 months the one could crawl but the other one didn't even try to.
Eventually on 11 months she starter crawling and believe my she is a very energetic young lady so there is nothing wrong with her. So I saw that every child is different. So you can relax, before you know it she'll be crawling all over the place.
Naomi - posted on 01/14/2010
Try not to worry, all babies do things at different ages. Your baby may not even crawl, she may go straight to walking! Or you may find soon all the activity will happen. If you are really concerned you should raise these with your health visitor or Doctor.
Lots of encouragment and tummy time on the floor together, and try putting her favoriate toys a little out of reach, it will happen. x
Dorothy - posted on 01/14/2010
I feel like I can better that (!) - my daughter did nothing except lie on her back until she was 2 weeks away from her first birthday. I mean - she did not roll over or attempt to crawl. She was sitting up unaided though. She was referred to a paediatrician but we did not get an appointment until she was about 18 months old I think. Anyway, they could find nothing wrong and then the next stage was that she was slow to walk so again we had to wait about 6 months until she was seen by which stage everything was fine and it was clear that she was just a bit later developing than others. Once she got going with crawling and then with walking she took very little time to perfect it. It was like she was taking her time until she knew she could do it confidently.
So - although we were worried sick at the time, as I am sure you are yourselves, or rather concerned, more than likely all will be well. However perhaps for your own peace of mind, and so that you feel that you are doing something, you should perhaps see a specialist or whoever is appropriate.
You are not alone for sure. I hope that all turns out to be well.
Gina - posted on 01/13/2010
does ur baby happen to be preterm ? if that tis the case then it is possible that the baby may take longer than the average time...mine was a preterm baby and guess what she walked only by 18th month...
u could help the baby by showing how to crawl and roll..
Mandy - posted on 01/13/2010
Again like most of the moms here i would say that every baby is different in their own. Though giving her more floor time may help her develop these things faster. I remember my daughter didn't crawl until she was about 8 months but i also only started her real floor time at about 7 months. When i started to give her alot of floor time (as opposed to picking her up and holding her etc) she began to do alot of things i suspect i deprived her of developing earlier. Though that's my thoughts i'm no doctor.
Karina - posted on 01/13/2010
every baby does develop at their own pace. my baby girl just turned 6 months and is rolling over and sitting up (still a bit wobbly). the place i found most helpful is the child and family health clinic. they are not doctors but a bunch of nurses and midwifes who check your baby's development areas. they told me the best way to help your baby develop is to make them work for things.eg. if they are having tummy time put toys and things they want just out of their reach and all around them, if they want it they have to get it. after a while if they dont get it and you can see they have had enough and are getting really frustrated just move what they want to finger tips reach. they will then grab it and be happy that they got it them selves.DONT GIVE IT TOO THEM. any thing they want make them work for it.
Amanda - posted on 01/13/2010
every babys different like most of the mothers here have said. my daughter was a bit early on rolling over and crawling, her first roll over was at just 4 months. my now son is 4 months old and only has his rolling down by half way. when ur baby is ready he/she will surprise you with the timing. be happy you are still enjoying ur precious baby time!
Andrea - posted on 01/13/2010
My 9 month old is doing the same thing... Her ped doctor is sending her to a neonatoligest for a check up to see if she is delayed or just taking her time on doing these thing... I would say if you are really worried about it call and speak with your doctor and see what they can offer you... Hope this is helpful.. Best wishes and take care... Any question feel free to ask...
Karley - posted on 01/13/2010
It looks like she is sitting up so that's a start! My son is 10 months old and is just starting to sit up. (He has been a bit on the chunky side tho.) And he doesn't have crawling down pat yet, although he has learned this past week or so to stand up in his crib. So just wait and it will come. It's funny how when they can't move or roll over, that's when we want them to, and when they start we tend to think "Oh I miss the baby stage" HA we always want what we dont have. So just be patient, every baby is different and they learn at their own pace. :0)
Keira - posted on 01/13/2010
hello she will start to progress in her crawling soon...my son wouldnt crawl untill he was 10 months..it takes time,all that matters at this time is shes on her way to crawling..it just takes time and practice for her..each child grows and devolopes at their own pace...theres no need to worry,before you know it she'll be up and crawling..hope this helps about abit
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