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    Default walking before crawling?

    ds is 10mths old and doesnt crawl or even like to be on his tummy. Never has. My dd was crawling by now and was showing all the signs she was close to crawling.
    DS screams when on his tummy, when he lundges forward to get something and lands on his tummy, he hates it and wants to be sat up again. We've tried beds, foam mats, soft rugs, hard floors even grass. I have been encouraging crawling since he could sit up un aided at 4mths old.
    He gets on all fours in his cot and hoists himself up on the cot bars into standing and loves it.

    This bring me to my next point.....he is cruising all around the furniture and using dd's walkers and dolls strollers like a pro. he can stand alone unsupported for about 30secs then falls to his bum and cries untill someone stands him up again. He uses flat feet and tippy toes. He has these massive strong tree trunk legs which bust out of size 1 onesies. Im worried he's going to walk before he learns to crawl.....is this bad?
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    It's very common and perfectly normal. Some babies never crawl and go straight to walking. My dd is 9 months and looks like she might skip crawling too, she's not interested and is pulling herself up instead.

    She's always hated tummy time too and won't roll onto her tummy at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daptoamy View Post
    It's very common and perfectly normal. Some babies never crawl and go straight to walking. My dd is 9 months and looks like she might skip crawling too, she's not interested and is pulling herself up instead.

    She's always hated tummy time too and won't roll onto her tummy at all.
    thanks for replying Hun, I had no idea how normal walking before crawling was. Friends and family keep telling me how important the crawling milestone is and I start to wonder. I can't force him to do something he has no interest in!
    He doesn't really roll either. Except in his cot and he sleeps on his tummy

    Should i I forget about crawling and go with him wanting to stand and cruise/walk holding onto anything he can get?

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    DS is 10 months and seemed more interested in learning to walk rather than crawl a month ago. He is now crawling like an expert but we spoke to his early intervention team (he has hearing loss) about the same issue and they actually said that some kids master walking and then will learn to crawl after that. All completely normal as long as they are attempting to be independently mobile

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    Crawling *is* an important milestone- it helps a lot with brain development and coordination- it's the cross body movements.

    However it is not uncommon for some kids to walk before they crawl. Some regress, and then go back to crawling. Some don't. If your ds doesn't you can just ask your MCHN what games you an play to help encourage that brain development- it doesn't have to be a huge deal

    Fwiw my dd (12) weeks shows a preference for standing already- she has never been the type to lay down in your arms and as young as 6 weeks was using her ab muscles to pull herself up into sitting. (I know, it sounds impossible and I honestly wish it weren't the case). Now she is not even content with sitting, she has to be standing. And if she is laying on her mat and I go to sit her up by pulling her arms, she will push her legs until she is standing. I swear she will be an early walker, and at this (albeit very early) stage looks like she may skip crawling too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    Crawling *is* an important milestone- it helps a lot with brain development and coordination- it's the cross body movements.

    However it is not uncommon for some kids to walk before they crawl. Some regress, and then go back to crawling. Some don't. If your ds doesn't you can just ask your MCHN what games you an play to help encourage that brain development- it doesn't have to be a huge deal

    Fwiw my dd (12) weeks shows a preference for standing already- she has never been the type to lay down in your arms and as young as 6 weeks was using her ab muscles to pull herself up into sitting. (I know, it sounds impossible and I honestly wish it weren't the case). Now she is not even content with sitting, she has to be standing. And if she is laying on her mat and I go to sit her up by pulling her arms, she will push her legs until she is standing. I swear she will be an early walker, and at this (albeit very early) stage looks like she may skip crawling too.
    I can totally relate to this. Ds is very strong and won't "bend" in his middle to sit in a high chair or even on the floor if he doesn't want to. He had an amazingly strong neck and was holding his own head up at 6weeks old. However he still loves a cuddle in my arms thankfully, and I can still rock him to sleep in my arms

    I know a little about the cross coordination skill. But unsure if the games that can help? Does cruising the furniture while drinking/eating count?

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    Crawling is important just as Nomsie said for left/right co-ordination and brain development. In saying that, kids sometimes miss it so just make sure you do lots of commando crawling as he gets older and lots of left/right stuff.

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    Yep and those hand clapping games where you face each other and do the rhymes. Drawing large figure 8s in the air. Really anything that involves arms or legs crossing the midline of the body.
    But really, you don't have to worry about it until he is a bit older- however if that time comes, google "brain gym" for more activity suggestions

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    I realised I worded my post wrong thanks nomsie for clearing it up- it's not that babies "never" crawl and go straight to walking but can "skip" crawling first ..... But will do it later

    I'm certainly no expert so I am just encouraging dd in being mobile instead of trying to focus in crawling at this stage, she just hates it and wants to be "up". She was sitting completely upright unassisted by 6 months but as I mentioned never rolled and hates laying on the ground.


 

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