My 9 month old hasnt started crawling and doesnt look close to. When should I worry?

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Melissa - posted on 03/16/2009

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As long as she's able to get somwhere, whether crawling or scooting or rolling, by one year I wouldn't worry about a thing.  Babies will crawl and walk when they're ready.  My husband didn't start walking until he was 15 months old.  Until then he rolled everywhere.  I, on the other hand, started walking at 10 mos.   As long as other things are normal (can lift her head, sit with support, grab objects) I would let her do things on her own schedule.  Just give her lots of tummy time and encouragement.

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Amy - posted on 03/24/2009

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I would guess that her shoulder is tender when she tries to use it, or that she's figured out ways to favor it. Good for you trying to find ways to treat this issue, rather than focusing on the symptoms. I agree with the other moms, that if she's figuring out ways to scoot around then she's probably on cue. Best of luck!

Kim - posted on 03/24/2009

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My 9 month old isn't interested in crawling yet either.  Heck she just started really rolling over - she had only rolled over 5 times at her 6 month check up (which passed the minimum requirement of 2x both ways).  She does try to get up on all 4's but has no desire to move.  Some babies actually skipped crawling and go directly to walking.  My sister swears by getting toys that move to entice them to crawl.  But I haven't tried that yet. 

Lori - posted on 03/23/2009

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I know everyone says it but every child does things at there own pace. It seemed like my daughter was "Late" to sit up & crawl but my doctor said she would tell me when to start worrying. She started crawling at 10 1/2 months & there is no stopping her now. I can't imagine what life will be like when she walks. As someone else mentioned now that babies spend more time on their backs they are less likely to crawl. my mom says only 1 of the 4 of us ever crawled. Try not to get discouraged.

Jaclyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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I just had this same discussion with my doctor the other day about my 7 month old. She told me she might not want to crawl and just go right to walking and its ok.

Melinda - posted on 03/18/2009

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My daughter didn't walk until she was 11 months old. As long as she is able to do everything else and she pulls herself around don't worry. Some babies never crawl. My daughter walked at 11 1/2 months so she almosted skipped crawling all together.

Allie - posted on 03/18/2009

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she will move in her own time, if she doesn't crawl now she will need to latter. to help with coordination. i never crawled and had great trouble doing things that need good coordination. take care and don't rush her she will get there in her own time.

Jodie - posted on 03/17/2009

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Thanks for the help. My daughter was born with  a partially dislocated shoulder and I have taken her to a chiro as it has also reoccurred. I think this has made her hate tummy time. she has now started to slide backwards on her tummy across the floor. No getting up on knees though and rocking.

Kassandra - posted on 03/17/2009

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i wouldnt worry. my son was 11 months before he started crawling. some children are just slower at some things then others. i myself was 8 months when i started crawling and my partner was 14 months before he started crawling. so it all depends on when the child is ready to give it a go. best thing i can say is to try and encourage it if u wish but dont be too pushy. put toys just out of their reach to try and coach them to move. thats what i did with my son. Good luck with it all.

Sandy - posted on 03/17/2009

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Some babies don't need to crawl before walking. Mandy was like that. Hang in there. :)

Maureen - posted on 03/16/2009

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My daughter didn't crawl until 10 months. Soon after she was walking by 15 months. Kids all develop at their own pace. Enjoy.

Miriam - posted on 03/16/2009

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My daughter is 6 and a half months she hates tummy time now, still learning the sitting up unsupportive stage. I think its around 8 months they start learning how to crawl or less I am not entirely sure. If you think there's something wrong I would ask the ped.

Angela - posted on 03/16/2009

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My daughter walked at one year, and then started crawling. Every baby is different, wait till shes a little older and she will more than likely take off on her own.

Gina - posted on 03/16/2009

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States like NY, you can get her evaluated by Early Intervention funded and run by the state I believe.  I got my son evaluated at about 5 months because he favored one side of his head, didn't turn over or sit up.   A physical therepist came into my home and helped me massage my son's neck (he had a ball of a knot in his neck).  W/in a week he was sitting and then crawling.  It's amazing what we as mothers don't know about our children, and these experts can help us.  He's doing wonderful started walking at 9 months and is now 1yr old.  Good luck, hope there is a program like this for you.

Jodi - posted on 03/16/2009

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Oddly enough, crawling is not a developmental milestone for babies. However, some sort of movement to get from one place to another is. (examples: rolling to destination, scooting, cruising, etc.) No worries.... babies develop on their own time line.

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Does she rock back and forth when she is up on her hands and knees? When she is on her belly, does she push her body up with her arms? That's all my son ever did. He tried scooting his body across the floor but was more interested in walking. He started walking at 10 months. Is your daughter pulling herself up on things and standing? Hold her hands and see if she tries to walk instead. Some babies never crawl. They go straight to walking.

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I wouldn't worry unless you feel that there is some physical reason for her not crawling. They all move at different times. There is no right or wrong time. It may be that she doesn't want to do it until she is sure she can (that's what mine are like). Just give her plenty of chances and lots of interesting things to crawl to.

Orangegloves - posted on 03/16/2009

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Is she trying to walk instead? Does she sit ok and reach for things?

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