Tips & tricks to get my 8 month old crawling??

Natasha - posted on 04/17/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old son still is not crawling. I know Iam not supposed to be worried he will go on his own time. He sits unsupported for how ever long he is on the floor and has no trouble rolling over. He even does what looks like a sit up when he is on his belly, he goes backwards. I have put toys out in front of him but he gets frustrated when he cant get close. Any tips or tricks to get his lil legs moving?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2013

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*sigh*. There are no tricks or tips. He is not ready. Period. Some kids never crawl *gasp*. My son never did, and went straight to walking when he was older. Mile stones are just there to give you an idea of when things may happen. It doesn't mean they will. Not all kids meet mile stones, but that does not mean a thing about their intelligence, or ability to do other things. just let him be and stop putting so much pressure on him and yourself.

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Julie - posted on 04/19/2013

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There are always tips and tricks to help your child progress with physical development. The question isn't why would we, but why not? It's just as important as how often to feed and what. How much sleep and when. As a physical therapist who has worked in pediatrics I am surprised to hear any mother say "there is nothing you can do"
To encourage physical mobility in forms of play time, fun, exercise and pure interaction is a good thing. Facilitating neurological education so they meet developmental stages within the normal ranges is not "pushing your child"
As far as your concern specific to crawling, there is new research stating, the developmental stage of crawling is no longer a necessary stage of development. Your baby may go straight to walking!
However, all milestone ranges of develop are given for a reason. We as parents should be mindful that our babies are somewhere within the normal ranges. Many children do have developmental delays that need medical intervention, to ignore that because you assume they will just "know how to do it when they are ready?" Is like assuming a women just "knows how to breastfeed" after giving birth, because her milk's in?!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/18/2013

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Stop comparing your child to others. I was told once that all children *even out* at about 3 years old, regardless of who walked early, crawled early, teethed early, talked early. Just love your baby for who he is, and stop pushing him. It is not the end of the world if he never crawls. It doesn't mean a thing.

Natasha - posted on 04/17/2013

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I know and i feel i am stressing for no reason. Its just frustrating seeing babies who are younger going the mile lol.. Im sure he will go when he ready just would like to give him that extra push :)

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