crawling

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi there, I have a 9.5 month old son who is not crawling, and cannot pull himself to sit up. He can sit alone, and move around back and forth, but if he is lying down he cannot pull himself up and of course cannot get on his hands and knees to crawl. He uses his pointer finger and thumb to pick things up, he will use a Sippy cup to drink juice or water, and he can talk. (He will say, dada, mama, baba, no, thank you, ut- oh) He also understands cause and effect, and loves to play games and sing. But he just can’t seem to crawl. Should I be concerned? My daughter was already crawling and trying to pull herself to walk at this age. Does anyone with a boy and girl notice milestone differences? Do boys crawl later? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Caitlyn - posted on 04/26/2009

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Dont be concerned at all... He is just a not ready to crawl yet, there is nothing wrong with him. It is great to read that he is talking and such. If it really concerns you, then do some techinique training with him on the floor. Just remember all babies are different! my son started crawling after my husband got on the floor with him and crawled around. It sounds funny i know but it worked wonders in making him curious about crawling.

Mel - posted on 04/26/2009

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dont worry mine rolled everywhere, only started the commando crawl at 11 and a half months, then started sitting up a week before her first birthday. she is now 12 and a half months and cant stand by herself, or pull herself up, or get from sitting to the floor without falling. however like yours she is very ahead with the fine motor skills talks well picks up small objects and plays well etc. mine has had all the possible blood and urine tests and everything else including an MRI and been into theatre for other things 3 times and has no medical problems so far. so relax if you are worried ask your pedi at next check up

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Hey Amanda. I would not worry over his not being able to crawl yet. If the pediatrician has not noticed anything wrong w/ his arms and legs, and they would have by now, then chances are he's just not ready to crawl yet. On that note, you may wake up to find he's crawling all over the place tomorrow. My daughter, who is now 7, never did crawl. I mean never. She went from sitting and scooting on her booty, to walking. It really freaked me out too, but she is perfectly fine, and the doctors said not to worry. Some kids just dont crawl. Hope that helps some!

Amanda - posted on 04/26/2009

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Thank you everyone for all your help. It makes me feel a lot better. I have been working with him. I caught him in his crib today trying to crawl, he was pushing himself off the wall between the slats of the crib. He seems to be advanced or on target with everything else, just crawling. We are working. I even have big sister crawling hopeing that baby will watch her (considering he likes to do everything big sister does). Thank you everyone for all your help!

Kirstin - posted on 04/26/2009

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My daugther was about 9.5 mths before she started to crawl but wasnt on hands and feet was more of a comando crawl along the ground. Was not until about 10 months she was crawling and another month after that when she found her feet to stand. My son was 6 weeks prem so thought he may be a little longer but he was crawing at 8.5 months and standing not even a week after.
All babies are different and all crawl in differnet ways. I knew a baby that never crawled just bum shuffled and another my friends didnt crawl till about 10 months either so dont be to overley worried just yet. Get down and engourage the crawling motion and stand him up on his feet holding on where ever possible. Good luck

Louise - posted on 04/26/2009

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my daughter started to crawl last thursday and shes 11 months old.she started the week before going from sitting to crawling position and back,then thursday she just crawled,and is now trying to pull herself up.i wouldnt worry i worried that she wasnt doing anything and people kept telling me she was fine,and now shes crawling and trying to pull herself up all within a few days

Helen - posted on 04/26/2009

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my little man is nearly 10 months and has only just learnt to crawl in the last 3 days (very advanced in everything else) he has gone from just rolling to crawling and is now starting to pull himself up on the sofa all in the last 3 days!!! they will get there don't panic

Vanessa - posted on 04/26/2009

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i was starting to get worried bout my little boy he is 8 months and has been quick to do everything except crawling he has almost mastered standing on his own though and as your little one does rolls everywhere, i guess he thinks if he can roll everywhere to get about whats the point in crawling lol

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2009

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hmm well all I can tell you is to just keep up with the exercises with him and hopefully it'll work out.



Good luck darling

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2009

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Well he rolls everywhere now. He has mastered that skill. =0) I worked with him this evening, I would put him on all fours then he would fall to the ground, cry, or move to a sitting position.

Dawn - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter is almost 9 months old and while she sits up on her own pretty well, she only does the army crawl, and hasnt pulled herself up to standing or gotten into the sitting position from her tummy. All babies are different. Yes, there are certain milestones we look for, but in general its up to the individual baby. She has her next doctors appointment on Tuesday, so if her pediatrician says that shes behind, then I will definately let you know. By the way...my mother told me that me and my sister were late crawlers and walkers, and we're both perfectly healthy adults now....

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2009

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Don't be concerned my friends little girl didn't start till she was 12 months. Babies are all different my son started crawling at 5 months. It's up to them just show your son how to roll and all that and he will eventually get the hang of things. If it still takes forever for him just go and buy toys that they can lay on acouple inches in the air to get the hang of moving there hands and legs.

Jen - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter crawled kind of late. Not as late as 9 months, but she army crawled before getting herself all the way up at 8 months. She also was a late walker at almost 14 months of age. It sounds like he might just want to perfect himself before doing it. I'd monitor him for another month and if nothing changes I'd have your doctor check him out.

My friend has 2 boys with the youngest being 6 weeks older than my daughter and he was probably 10 months before he crawled and then he wouldn't pull up until 11 months and then he walked on his knees before finally getting up and walking at 15 months. The older boy was walking at 9 months so some boys are ahead of girls and some are behind. All kids are different so he'll get it don't worry.

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2009

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Thank you...he has a well checkup on the 8th. I will bring it up with his pediatrician then. He acts like he wants to crawl, he gets down on his belly pulls his arms up then acts like he is going to scoot himself, but then his arms go out and his legs start kicking. I have even tried holding him up and working his legs and arms alternating them.

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I would start to be concerned at this age... My cousin also had this issue... She could not crawl at all and could not stand up later on. She was followed by a pediatrician and went through physiotherapy treatments and was able to crawl, stand , walk and run within a fairly short period of time. Since he reaches all the other milestones it is probably just a minor problem causing him not to crawl. My cousin had a lack of strength in her muscles but with proper "training" she was able to catch up.



I don't think boys crawl later... my 6 month old son has been holding himself up on 4 legs for the past 2 weeks and had been somewhat crawling for the past week or so... I thinkyou should talk to you pediatrician.

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