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    Default Crawling and bum-shuffling

    Hi guys, am hoping someone may be able to tell me at what age babies are expected to be crawling?
    My 9 month old has become an expert bum-shuffler and looks like maybe she isn't going to crawl at all. Since she has learnt to sit up, she has really not been keen on tummy time at all.
    I remember when DS was a baby, a physio telling me that it is really important that they crawl for brain development, co-ordination and even arm strength.
    But there are babies that never crawl, hey?
    Is this something I need to do anything about (like talk to a CHN or GP or something) and if so at what age, or can I just go with the flow, and if she crawls she crawls?
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    Mine didn't crawl, but bum shuffled, never liked tummy time.
    Walked @ 12 months.
    No drama.
    Actually a MCH nurse mentioned it might have something to do with my tiled floors... My 7 month old hasn't done either yet.

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    We have polished floorboards, probably not all that fun for crawling on either! My DS crawled at 9 months, but then walked at 10 months, so maybe didn't like the hard floor!

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    I was reading something recently that classified bum shuffling as a type of crawling. You can't teach a baby to crawl, so I say go with the flow. If bubs crawls, so be it, but if your bub is mobile at 9 months with no other issues developmentally then I wouldn't worry at all.

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    I think that there is something to do with brain development (my MIL is a teacher and goes on about it all the time), but that doesn't mean they have to crawl before they walk. I know babies who have bum shuffled and have only learnt to crawl as toddlers when they are crawling through tunnels and under things. I would just let it go and when she is older if she still hasn't crawled maybe make a game out of it.

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    My DD1 was a bum shuffler (and never walked until 15 months) and my other 2 crawled. I had alot of people telling me to get her checked out, that she will be delayed and she'll have bad co-ordination... Yadda yadda yadda.

    I did end up taking her to our GP who deals with children and she wasn't concerned at all and said that it's basically crap about the co-ordination etc. She did say if I was still worried that I could take her to a Kids Physiotherapist. I took her there too and she said the same. My DD1 is now nearly 6 and is fine. No different to crawlers and appears to have the same skill level as crawlers.

    But, since being a BH member there has been lots of conflicting advice from Dr's, Nurses and specialists.

    Also, we have a mixture of carpet and tiles here as well.


 

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