9Mths and not crawling

Jacqueline - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone... My baby girl is almost 9 months now and still isnt trying to crawl. She hates laying on her stomach and cried continiously untill i pick her up.

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Tricia - posted on 06/27/2009

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my oldest starting walking very early and my youngest didn't start walking until he was almost a year. As long as he is trying to scoot and rolling, he is fine. I put my oldest in a johnny jumper and I think that is why he walked to early. But it is really at their own pace. You could also get her a crawler and that will strengthen her legs. But don't run to her every time she crys either, give her time to figure out how to move.

Sjorcha - posted on 06/27/2009

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Don't worry!. Each child develops at different rates. One son didn't crawl till he was 12 months, and 15 months before he walked. He is now in the gifted child program. If your daughter can hold her head up then she is perfectly normal.

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It is good to feel at ease! Worry can stress a mom out and that's never good.

Personality, motivation, all these things affect how early a child starts to crawl.

But if your doctor is concerned, then it might be good to get a few things checked out.

Sometimes not crawling can be a sign that something is physically wrong, not necessarily developmentally. I was a baby who did not crawl by 6 months, then 9, then 11 and the doctors sort of ignored it but my mom (who studied child development) was concerned and kept raising the issue at checkups because I did not like sitting up either, but had acquired fine motor skills, such as pinching a cherrio between by forefinger & thumb.

Finally the doctors listened to my mother and xrayed me to discover that neither legs were actually in my hip sockets- it's called bi-lateral hip dislocation- and I had been that way since birth. So I was in traction for a month, followed by setting the legs back in the sockets and 12 months of body cast. (Fun to change the diapers on THAT! lol) The younger this is caught the less invasive the treatment. The neat thing is that it's so easily treatable today. Special diapers, etc. My brother-in-law had it as a baby, caught much earlier and it was no big deal. My uncle had it 15 years before I did (1955) and they did actual surgery on his hip- much more invasive than what I went through.

But the only reason the doctors found my hip problem is because Mom listened to her gut, her instinct that said something wasn't quite right and pushed the issue. I'm so glad she did!



If tests rule out no physical problem, then it's a matter of time, development (which can not be rushed) and motivation. Enjoy these days while you can- they go so fast!

God bless!

Kristen - posted on 06/26/2009

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I am so glad to see all these posts. I am a first time mom and my son is also 9 months and not crawling. My doctor had me terrified that something was wrong but after seeing these posts, I feel more at ease!

Erin - posted on 06/26/2009

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My nephew and daughter both were late crawlers and also walkers. My nephew was a little butterball and my daughter had a big head. They both walk upright now. I say don't push it, if you really think something is wrong developmentally, take her to the doctor.

Patty - posted on 06/26/2009

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My son didn't crawl until 11 months, then he started walking the very next month! Not to worry.

Connie - posted on 06/25/2009

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My 10 month old does what I call "barrel rolling" everywhere. He just started to creep after the cats recently, but I have already cought him standing in his crib. Don't worry yhe kids have a mind of their own and will do what is right for them, when it's right.

Cathy - posted on 06/25/2009

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My little girl is also 9 month old & is not crawling. She will stay on her belly for a short time then winnes or flips over. Your not alone in wondering when. We should listen to everyone & not worry so much. It will happen when there ready!!

Pililani - posted on 06/25/2009

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Crawling is not a milestone all babies have to meet. As long as your daughter has some form of getting around you should not be worried. Have you talked to your ped yet? My son ironically learned to cruise along furniture before he learned to crawl. He cruised at 6 months and crawled at 7 months. He didn't like being on his stomach either that why he learned to crawl second. If your ped says she is healthy and you shouldn't worry about it then don't.

Sharon - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son is also 9 months, almost 10 and still doesn't crawl either. Babies will do things at their own pace. And some skip crawling all together, no biggie. So long as she can sit up alone, I would let her play on the floor with toys in front of her and surrounding her, so she can reach for them. She may surprise you and just start walking!

Melissa - posted on 06/24/2009

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My almost 9 month old boy JUST started doing what we call his wounded soldier crawl! Don't fret!! It will come!! I thought I was going to have to remain his "carrier" for life!!

Brenda - posted on 06/23/2009

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My son never crawled. The only time he liked being on his stomach was when he was sleeping on me in the recliner. If I laid him on his stomach, he would roll over. But at age 11 1/2 months, he started pulling up on things and taking a few steps and within a week, he was running all over the house. I agree with the other post, if you are concerned, talk to her pediatrician and if she is reaching her other milestones, don't worry. Good luck and don't rush her to walk because you will be chasing her the rest of your life.

Cidalia - posted on 06/23/2009

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My mom says that I never crawled. Ever. But at 11 months old, when she placed me on a table, I stood up on my feet and walked. She nearly had a heart attack! If you're really concerned talk to her doc about it, and he/she can go over other developmental milestones to determine if it's just an isolated thing with her.

Maurice - posted on 06/23/2009

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All children are different. Not crawling at 9 mo is no big deal. My first child didn't crawl until she was 1 year and started walking at 15 mo. My 2nd child started crawling at 8 mo. and she was premature. Don't worry- she will either crawl or start pulling up and trying to walk. Also, remember if you pick her up everytime she cries there is no need for her to try and crawl. (I know that one from experience)!

Nomi - posted on 06/23/2009

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try to put things she likes in front of her so she is reaching for it. my daughter too hates her stomach and she wants to go right into walking so were giving her a lot of opportunities to practice that skill.

Tamarra - posted on 06/18/2009

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Is she sitting yet? Every baby is different if teh Pediatrician is not concerned, there is no need for you to be. Nevertheless no one else knows your baby better than you so if you feel in your gut something might be wrong seek professional assistance. You baby is beautiful.

Daniela - posted on 06/18/2009

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My older daughter did not crawl at all. At 9 months she was just lying on her back and could not even sit by herself. I was very concerned. One month later she was walking and running. There are many babies now that do that (skip crawl and go directly to walking) since babies spend little time on their bellies. How is she otherwise developmentally? Maybe she is just working on something else right now (hands movements, talking...). I would be concern only if she is behind in other areas as well.

Tiffany - posted on 06/17/2009

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It's nothing to worry about she's fine. Some babies just skip crawling altogether. Just hang in there everything is fine.

Tricia - posted on 06/17/2009

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My older brother didn't crawl until 13 months. He scored a 1560 out of 1600 on his SAT and ran track and cross country in high school. Don't worry about it.

Catriona - posted on 06/17/2009

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some babies just don't like it hon, some babies don't even crawl at all. some just bum shuffle or pull themselves along. actually, it ws removed from the develop milestone checklist in Ireland and replaced with baby being able to move to get what she needs. so don't be too worried girli. also 9 months is quite young yet

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