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hi all. I have an 8 month old and was just wondering, is it normal for them not to crawl yet? He can sit independently and he wants to crawl but the most he can do is lie on his tummy waving his arms and kicking his legs and getting frustrated! He can pivot 180 while on his tummy but thats about it. he's even stopped rolling. i know that in a few months i'll think this is the most ridiculous thing to be concerned about!!! but should i be concerned? Should u just trust that he'll get there when he's ready?
my son didnt crawl till 4 days before his 1st birthday... so compared to him you still have ages !
eliana started crawling last friday - a week before her first birthday - so i wouldn't be too worried just yet - on the other hand a friends little boy started walking at 8 months - he will get up & move when he is ready :)
Hi Aleksander's Mum,
My 9 month old has been crawling for the last couple of weeks, and like you I had been waiting.......
While it has very exciting for him and a lot of fun for us to watch, daily life has been much for difficult for me!! No running to the toilet, hanging out a load of washing etc etc. I have to watch him all the time.
I know it's hard, but try to enjoy this last stage of immobility, from what I hear, we will be running after them the rest of our lives!! :)
I wouldn't be too concerned. In fact I'd say enjoy it while you can!
Nathan crawled at 7 months and PJ started at 6.5 months. PJ is now pulling himself up on anything that will stay in the one spot for long enough! While you can still put Aleksander down and come back and he's in the same place, enjoy it!
Seriously though, I'm sure he will do it when he's ready. Maybe try putting him down on his tummy with his toys just out of his reach, then he has to figure out how to get them... worked for PJ when Nathan kept taking his toys away, he just up and followed one day!
I agree that there is no hurry...bub will be moving around before you know it. My youngest (of 3) is 10 months (29th dec) and she is just starting to crawl in the last couple of days.
I think that putting some toys in front of them does help. It's something for them to look at and they do try to get to them. I read somewhere that if bub is frustrated you can roll up a towel and hold it behind his feet to give him something to push on. I tried it with my dd, she didn't like it much but other babies might. One thing mine did like...I got a big round clear plastic juice bottle (cranberry juice is what I used) that was empty and put some lego bits in it (all different colours). Then I put the lid on and taped it up (I used gaffer tape). When I put it in front of bub she would touch it and it would roll away from her a little bit. It makes her want to follow it. I also helped her to get up onto her hands and knees. This made her less frustrated and very pleased with herself as she rocked back and forth.
Just something amusing that's sort of on this topic....
My dad told me about a t-shirt he saw a toddler wearing that said, "They couldn't wait until I could walk and talk and now all they do is tell me to be quiet and sit down" :)
I knew I didn't have to worry... My bubs is always the last one to develop physically. He is very good with his fine motor skills and his personality is already SOOOOO developed! So i'm not *really* worried...
I'm in an awesome mum's group. We meet once a week and all their bubs are crawling so I just thought I hope there's nothing wrong with him. But you are right. It's great being able to plonk him down on the floor and know that he'll just stay within a very small area...!!!
I'm sure it will happen all too quickly!
I was just about to start a thread when i read this one.
Harry is also 8mths & not crawling & has even started to refuse to sit alone its like he is bored of it & knows he can do it so no longer worries about it. He also did this with rolling & has even lately decided he wants smooth food none of this mashed stuff even though he has been having mashed for over a month !!!!
Like you i have also been a little worried about Harry not crawling as the little girl born a day before him at our mothers group has been crawling since she was 6mths !!!!! and the others even though a lot younger have always loved tummy time. Its only been in the last few weeks that he loves it & spends a lot of his time on his tummy & does the pivoting & wiggling. He seems frustrated at times but he doesnt seem to care either as his wiggling & rolling gets him places so why does he have to bother ? His big thing is trying to spend as much time on his feet as i will allow or should i say as my arms will allow. I think our boys are similar in that they are more focused on developing other skills at this stage. Harry loves to talk/babble & does it from the moment he wakes up only stopping when he has naps. He also has a great personality & sense of humour as he has already starting copying us. Last nite he became curious for the first time about me brushing his hair after his bath so i showed him how to hold it & he even started trying to brush Mamma's hair !
I guess we all feel guilty about thinking why arent they doing what the other babies are doing but when it comes down to it they do it in their own time.
Its just nice to see that some babies dont crawl as fast as others i just wish some one would have words with my MIL !
Hi Aleksander's mum,
I am early childhood trained and even on the develpmonetal charts most babies wouldn't start until 9 months. Usually if it only one milestone that is a bit late no one is ever concerned so if he chats like the other babies ect then defintely no need to worry as far as i have been told.
Ruby Grace 27-8-05
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