Not crawling or standing up?

Lisa - posted on 11/08/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 8 months old and she is still not crawing or standing up? everyones else babies seem to be doing this already. is it normal that she's not? she is trying to crawl be she goes backwards and then gets really mad lol. but she isnt trying to pull herself up at all.

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Stacey - posted on 11/12/2010

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My daughter, now 2 1/2 didn't really ever crawl, she just pulled herself across the floor with her arms or rolled to where she wanted to go. She didn't pull herself up on her own until she was around 9 months old and didn't figure out how to move from her belly to a sitting position until she was around 10 months old. There is nothing wrong with her. She is smart, recognized all her letters by the time she was 2, and walks/runs/dances at full speed. My mother (a speach-pathologist) and my sister (early childhood specialist) both tell me all the time that little ones tend to work on one set of skills at a time. If they are working on the physical, they may be "behind" in communication. If they are working on communication they may be "behind" in the physical skills. It will all catch up by the time they are around 2 or 3.
My son (10 months old) started crawling around 7 months and was pulling himself up by 8 months. He was able to put himself into a sitting position by 6 months. On the other hand, he isn't saying much of anything. We work on mama and dada and loulou (his sister) all the time but he just laughs at us and blows rasberrys. He is obviously working on the physical.
I wouldn't worry too much. She'll figure it out when she is ready, until then, enjoy her and enjoy the fact that she will call you mama earlier than mine will.

CHANEL - posted on 11/12/2010

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ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT AND MOVE AT THEIR OWN PACE. THE FACT THAT SHE IS MOVING BACKWARDS MEANS SHE IS FIGURING IT OUT. I USED TO GET DOWN ON THE FLOOR WITH MY KIDS AND CRAWL ON THE FLOOR JUST SO THEY WOULD PICK UP ON IT.

Cathlyn - posted on 11/12/2010

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I am sure she will start soon enough. Have you tried to encourage her along. I used to take my daughter by the hands and just move her legs one by one, little by little. Eventually once I took her hands she would start to walk on her own holding my hands.

Mindy - posted on 11/12/2010

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Tummy time will def help!! put toys that she likes out of reach in front of her so she has to scoot or cralw to get to them. help her stand next to things as much as possible. that really helped my daughter:)

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2010

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I think she sounds perfectly fine! She sounds like she is doing many other things right on track. Maybe she just needs a little more time. My first daughter was tiny too and she just took longer.:) Just enjoy it all - my oldest will be 5 in January, it goes soo fast!

Bonnie - posted on 11/11/2010

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Some babies skip crawling and go straight to walking. I don't think you have any need to worry yet, especially if she is up to speed with everything else. Also, some babies don't start walking until 18 months.

Jean - posted on 11/11/2010

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kids bloom at different ages, when she gets ready she will or wants something out or reach bad enough. dont hand her toys to her, put her on the floor and put them just out of reach and if she cries at first let her she will soon learn she has to go get them

Katie - posted on 11/11/2010

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i have a almost 6month old and she only just started rolling she cant roll all the way over yet she doesnt sit up or anything my oldest of 3 was walking an talking by 10months but this ones just abit behind im not worried about it as she will get there in her own time and all babies grow and develop in there own time

Jessica - posted on 11/10/2010

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have you taken her to the dr for a physcal week bones or musels could be the problem

Kim - posted on 11/10/2010

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my son, didn't crawl until he was about 10 mos - he was pretty chubby. He would skoot on his back around the room. He then realized he could move and walked around 14 mo. He is now 2 and unstoppable. My daughter didn't walk until she was about 17mo old. She is now 7 and always on the run. they all develop at different times.

Kirsty - posted on 11/10/2010

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My little boy was the same.he didnt take his first step til he was 18month then didnt bother again for another month.i think he was concentratin more on his talkin etc.n now hes got such a wide vocab. So maybe she'll be doin same. I worried so much n theres no need. All the average ages of babies doin thimgs worries mums so i started to not listen to it.

Brooke - posted on 11/09/2010

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I dont think its cause to be concerned yet, If you want to you can ask advice off your Dr.
My little girl seemed ahead with everything, she was sitting by herself at 4 months, pulled herself up for the first time at 4 months, but she didn't crawl until 7 months 3 weeks. She stood up by herself for the first time at 12 months and could walk properly by 13 months. But every baby is different and they all know what they want to do and when. Do you have family or friends with babies who crawl?? If you do then you could always have a few play dates and see if she tries to copy them or you could put something in front of her when she tries to crawl so she has something to go for.

Emily - posted on 11/09/2010

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all babies grow differently and it's never a good idea to compare...it will only make you more paranoid! =) it sounds like she's doing fine, she's just taking it at her own pace. if she is your first, they don't have to "keep up" like younger siblings do, so it's perfectly normal for them to go a little slower. if you are still really worried, talk with your doctor at your next visit. but, honestly, i wouldn't be concerned.

Christy - posted on 11/09/2010

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My oldest did not crawl OR stand up until he was 9 months old. He did both at the same time! Don't worry!

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2010

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Nah I wouldn't worry about a thing. :) All babies develop differently & I'm sure she will get it in no time. In fact, some babies skip crawling altogether. My son started "crawling" backwards first & then he eventually got going forward lol. Once he learned to crawl, things just took off from there!

Peita - posted on 11/09/2010

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My youngest recently turned 1 and she didn't crawl until 1 1/2weeks before her 1st birthday!!! 3 weeks later she is pulling herself up on furniture and trying to walk along it :-), babies will do things in their own time, enjoy your little one while she stays still LOL!! If you are concerned that there may be a problem, there is no harm in getting your bub a check up to put your mind at ease!!

Jamie - posted on 11/09/2010

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dont worry about it, as long as she is on tract with her other developmental skills she is fine, and remember that EVERY baby is different. You really cant compare 2 babies, they all do things when THEY are ready to. My daughter didnt start crawling until she was 9 months old, but then started running one day at 11 months. If you are really concerned you can ask her pediatrician, but I wouldnt be worried.

Renae - posted on 11/09/2010

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Totally normal!

The normal range for starting to crawl is 6-10 months. For pulling up on things it is 8-12 months.

Going backward is also normal when learning to crawl, as is rocking on all fours and launching oneself forward onto ones face. :)

Leila - posted on 11/09/2010

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My youngest daughter didn't crawl till she was almost a year and she didn't walk till she was 15 months old. All my other kids walked and crawled on time, so it kind of concerned me. But she was just a happy, lazy baby. Once she started she did just fine and runs happily all over the place now.
Try not to compare your child's growth with other kids. It's so easy to do especially with your first, but all kids grow at different speeds in different things and your kid will have it's own areas where she will shine and do better than others.

Shea - posted on 11/09/2010

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All Babies are different..............she is only 8months old try not putting the weight of the worlds expecations on her just yet...............
as i always say to mothers when they compare their baby to other babies................ you have a problem if there not doing it by 5 years old.............

Jeanne - posted on 11/09/2010

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That's how they start. My daughter use to go backwards, and would get fustrated too. Don't worry, she'll do it soon! :-)

Crystal - posted on 11/09/2010

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My son, now 20 months, did not sit independantly until he was 11 months old, he would 'crawl', sort of....he would roll his way everywhere. He didn't pull himself to sit until he was 18 months, pulled to stand at 21 months and is FINALLY cruising. He was diagnosed at 5 months with Torticollis, though I noticed it at 3 months {his pediatrician at the time told me that he was fine but when he still couldn't hold his head up at 5 months, I knew something was wrong}. The torticollis is gone now.
I knew something wasn't quite right but everyone kept telling me that I was wrong, he was fine, he will get it in his own time. I finally asked at 10.5 months at his physiotherapy if they thought he was delayed physically. They assessed him and agreed that he was but it was up to us how we would continue. We could do physio or we could just wait and let him get it in his own time. I decided that if he was already delayed, why wait? After one session with her, he finally was able to sit un-assisted (we placed him sitting). He will continue with physio until he is walking independantly.
Trust your instincts. If you think there is a problem, get her checked.

Laura - posted on 11/09/2010

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Kids develop at different rates. Developmental charts that doctors use are AVERAGES and not fixed in stone! If your child is healthy and passing check-ups, then do not worry. My daughter didn't show any interest in crawling until about 9 months, then was walking a month later. Keep encouraging her, but don't worry--it will happen when she's ready!

Rachel - posted on 11/09/2010

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Don't worry, maybe she is not interested yet? My son was a late walker but when he decided to do it...stood up in the middle of the room and began running. Also had a niece that did not really talk until the age of 3. Then she was saying full sentences. We laughed and said she had nothing to talk about until now.

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2010

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my little girl, (now 19 months) didnt start to crawl untill she was 13 months, and then it took her another 4 months to stand up and walk. my health visitor said as long as she was walking by 18 months she was fine.

Theresa - posted on 11/08/2010

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My youngest is 7 1/2 months. No crawling or pulling up yet, but he rolls all over and can get where he wants by rolling and spining. My oldest, now 14 years, didn't crawl until he was 10 1/2 months old. He started walking about a month after. He is absolutly fine now. Not behind on anything and is very smart. Don't worry about it. Every baby is different and progresses at their own pace. At his next doc appt just have the doc make sure all his limbs and joints work well. Then don't worry about it.

Amy - posted on 11/08/2010

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My daughter is 7 1/2 months old and isn't rolling over yet but she can sit up, and will hold onto stuff to stand but isn't pulling herself up yet. All babies are different if you're concerned I would bring it up at her 9 month check up.

Lisa - posted on 11/08/2010

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yeah she seems great she holds toys she can pick up her paci and put it in her mouth she knowns her name she can sit up she says ma'am. and rolls over just no crawling or pulling up yet, she is very tiny tho so i dont know

Sharon - posted on 11/08/2010

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my neice's little girl is like that. She is now 9mths and not crawling. She'll stand now if held, but not pulling herself up. She isn't even interested in it. We think she may just skip the crawling faze and go straight to walking.

Dawn - posted on 11/08/2010

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Does she seem to be on track with other developmental skills? Is she making sounds, holding toys, making eye contact, responding to you and other familiar people? Some babies just need more time than others. If everything else seems fine, I wouldn't worry too much...

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