Is my baby behind in developing?

Sonseeharay - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months old (well, 25 weeks old) and she still hasn't gotten any teeth in yet (she has been teething for a while now), she isn't crawling ( she tries, but it just looks like she's swimming and she doesn't go anywhere), and her legs still aren't that strong so she can only stand with support for a few seconds. Is she falling behind in developing? Is there anything I can do to help her get stronger and mobile??

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Samantha - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son didnt crawl until he was 9 months old! Also, I babysat a child that didnt have teeth at 9 months. If the doctor doesnt see a problem, Im sure youre fine. If you have insurance you can do physical therapy to get her started.i would just put her on all fours and encourage her to crawl daily. Give her a lot of tummy time. As much as possible

Bridget - posted on 06/19/2009

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The longer it takes for a baby to get teeth the better! It keeps them healthier and straight if they don't have them too long while still on a bottle. The crawling will happen but my nine month old nephew just started to crawl last week. Put her in an exersaucer to help her legs get stronger. good luck!

Amanda - posted on 06/19/2009

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Teeth come with time. My son is now 5 and started teething at 3 months and never cut his first one until he was 7 1/2 months. As for the crawling, every child is different. Just keep working with her on the standing. Maybe get her a johnny jump up or the exersaucers that they can jump and spin in. It will help strengthen her legs. But as far as being behind, I don't think she is. Good luck.

Christie - posted on 06/19/2009

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Oh my NO she is not under developed!!!!! Generally you dont need to worry about teeth until 15 mo of ages and even then the dentist will tell you to wait a bit longer. but around 12 mo they will usually start teeth if they havent had them already. and crawling. my daughter who is one know started crawling at 9-10 mo she could have earlier she just wasnt interesetd in it or intereseted in going after didferent toys yet. and then one day a switch turned on and she was wanted certain toys and started crawling to get to them. i think when they decide they want a certain toy or have interest in moving thats when they start wiggling and moving and making themselves stronger to scooches themselves over there. but as far as helping them get stronger you could just up her tummy time. but she really will deicded when she is ready and if takes a few months it is completely normal!!

Deanna - posted on 06/18/2009

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Not at all. I think she is right on target. Most babies don't start crawling until they are 8 months (I think), but all babies are different. My son just started moving around, like army man style, and he is about 8 months old. He has been teething for awhile, but still no teeth have broken through the gums.

Try tummy time to strength her muscles and perhaps she'll start trying stuff out. My son's jumper has really strengthened his leg muscles, but if you don't have one, you can always hold her around the waste/under the arms and let her try and jump or stand with support.

At any rate, I really don't think she is behind at all.

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Cass - posted on 09/22/2013

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I just let my little one do things on her own, she is perfectly happy with just rolling around. She is almost eight months, she will develop her own way. Just go with the flow... That's my philosophy.

Megan - posted on 06/20/2009

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every child is different hun, my little one is 1 and has nearly all his teeth. whereas my friends little one has 1. he didnt crawl until he was nearly 8 month, and honestly don't pray for it you'll be run ragged lol! he didnt even show any inklings of crawling he just decided to chase the hoover. your daughter will do it on her own accord, as for strength in her legs, try to get an activity bouncer or a door frame bouncer, they work wonders xxx

Megan - posted on 06/20/2009

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every child is different hun, my little one is 1 and has nearly all his teeth. whereas my friends little one has 1. he didnt crawl until he was nearly 8 month, and honestly don't pray for it you'll be run ragged lol! he didnt even show any inklings of crawling he just decided to chase the hoover. your daughter will do it on her own accord, as for strength in her legs, try to get an activity bouncer or a door frame bouncer, they work wonders xxx

Kelly - posted on 06/20/2009

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Not behind at all! If she's trying to crawl, she's ahead of a lot of babies that I know of. The best thing to help her get stronger is just to give her opportunities i.e. tummy time or maybe a jumper.

Stephanie - posted on 06/20/2009

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Absolutely not! I have 17 month old twins and my son had a few teeth by 7 months. but my little girl didn't get a single tooth until she was almost 1! Now she has more than him! lol Also, my pediatrician's daughter didn't get a single tooth until she was 13 months. Nothing to worry about=) As far as her standing, I think she's developing normally. If she did have a problem with her legs, the pediatrician would have noticed when examining her legs every check up. By the way, those swings you hang from your doorway really strengthen the legs!

Bobi - posted on 06/20/2009

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My son didnt get his 1st tooth till he was 8months. He finally got them all and his 19mnths. The only thing that sucked was he go all but 6 at the same time. He's pretty good though, we didn't even really know that he was teethinh. As for walking and crawling every baby is different. Never listen to what people have to say. Unless your doctor has a concern then screw what everyone ealse has to say. My son only says a few words right now. But ever now ans then he'll say something new. He's making progress in the right direction.

Katrina - posted on 06/19/2009

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my bub is 5months and is not rolling or trying too? Should i worry or he will in his own time? I think each bub is diff, some learn early some take longer........!! :)

Tamika - posted on 06/19/2009

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All babies are differnent and hit their milstones at different ages, even for the same parent. My 8 year old was forming 2 and 3 word senceces at 2, and my 2 years still babbling. The 8 year old started walking an at 9.5 10 months and then learned to crawl, and my two year crawled at 7 or 8 months old and took his first steps on his first birthday. As far as teething, both my boys had a full mouth by thier first birthday. I friends son is 18 months old and he is just starting to walk unassisted and he only has 6 teeth. Your daughter is no where near being behind, dont rush for her to walk, cuz once she starts that is it.

Natasha - posted on 06/19/2009

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I don't think shes behind. All babies are different. My son didn't have any teeth till just before his first birthday. You could try a jolly jumper to strengthen her legs.

Kizzy - posted on 06/19/2009

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my son was 11 months old before he got his first tooth and started crawling. he didnt walk till 15 months. children develop at dif speeds and it took me ages to learn that but sounds like ur daughter is doing what shes suppose to at that age. feels like a lifetime but u will wonder where the time has gone when shes crawling and then walking

Sonseeharay - posted on 06/19/2009

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Thanks you all for the advise and insight. I truly appreciate!! I will try not to worry :-)

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K my kids must be fast learners because my oldest one started rolling sitting and crawling at 5 months. She was walking before she even got her first tooth at 9 months. My second child started crawling at 6 months didnt get his first tooth til he was 6 or 7 months. But every child is different... if you are really concernd talk to your health care profecional

Rachel - posted on 06/18/2009

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No i dont think anything is wrong with her. some babies just do things later. my son is a bit behind in some things. he is almost a year and he still does not crawl. he learned to sit last month. he is also a preemie though by a little bit. your little one will get her teeth. i have heard it can take some babies longer than others. I would not worry or let anyone else cause you to worry

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter was always behind with her physical milestones. She just finally started walking and she's 16 months. They all move at their own speed, you've never seen a kindergartner that can't walk have you? :-) She will get it on her own time, just continue to help her practice and encourage her.

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter was always behind with her physical milestones. She just finally started walking and she's 16 months. They all move at their own speed, you've never seen a kindergartner that can't walk have you? :-) She will get it on her own time, just continue to help her practice and encourage her.

Ashley - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter is ten months old today and she is just now getting her first tooth. Babies start teething at very different ages so don't worry about that. My daughter didn't start crawling until she was 9 months and she already acts like she's going to walk soon. She is now pulling up on things and getting into EVERYTHING so enjoy this stage while it lasts! We use a jumperoo with my daughter and I think it has helped her legs get stronger. Your daughter sounds like a normal wonderful healthy baby so try not to worry :)

Lisamarie - posted on 06/18/2009

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Don't worry about your baby crawling until she is almost a year old, then if she still isn't crawling by then, you might need to worry. All babies are diferent. To help your baby get stronger just do simple exercises. A bouncer chair helps, you can also help by taking their hands or arms and try helping them walk. Also her looking like she is swimming is normal, means she is trying. All my kids did that. Try not to worry. Usually your doctor will tell you if she is behind when they have their visits. Ask as many questions as possible, never be afraid to ask your doctor questions!! Well good luck!

Catriona - posted on 06/18/2009

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hi,

most babies get their first tooth between 7 and 9 months, and most don;t crawl until 7 - 10 months if at all, so by the sounds of it your baby is developing very normally!

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Crystal - posted on 06/18/2009

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My brother didn't his first tooth until he was 1 year old.
My baby got her first tooth at the end of 7 months, and began crawling at the end of 7 months.
So no, don't worry that she's behind! Plus, every baby goes at his or her own rate.

Jackie - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter is going to be eight months and she just got her first tooth two days ago. She is also not fully crawling, she does an army crawl. She has a little chunk to her so I am not suprised she is noy fully crawling. She has always been a little chunky for her age, so I got her a jumper when she was four or five months and it has really helped strengthen her legs

Sophie - posted on 06/18/2009

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my daughter is 7months and had only just mastered rolling over. try not to worry she will do it all when she is ready. some children dont even crawl and just go straight to walking when the are about one. try not to get hung up on the development stage she still is only 6months. give her a couple of weeks n let me no when she does. good luck hun. xxxx

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