It sounds like your baby is doing wonderfully! 6 months is very early to be concerned that a baby isn't crawling, and your baby gets more from being held and worn upright than from doing "exercises" and enforced tummy time. Tummy time is necessary for building core strength and getting babies off their backs, but your little one is building his core while you carry him, and enjoying it in the process! I'd say to keep doing what you are doing--sounds like it is working for both of you!
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6 month old baby, carried mostly all day ... not crawling. What should I do? :( :( :( everyone is... - Page 2post #21 of 292/23/12 at 12:01pmpost #22 of 292/23/12 at 6:49pmQuote:Originally Posted by Ellie'sMom
I think she has a case of MILitis. My MIL has it too. My dd was a terrible sleeper, and MIL just couldn't get over it since both of her kids slept through the night by 5 weeks. Fastforward to the toddler years, and she was amazed at how much interaction my kids needed. You see when DH was 2, they could just sit him by a window and he would happily watch trucks go by for an hour. You get the idea...
OMG this is so true!post #23 of 292/29/12 at 7:49am
Thank you so much for this thread! I was seriously starting to get stressed out that my 8 month old is not crawling yet, amidst stories from family about how "so-and-so's daughter is crawling and she's only 4 months" and "well your cousin's son is up on his hands and knees already and he's way younger than your baby!" I had begun to force my baby into tummy time, which she generally hates. She'll roll around, pull herself on her bum a little bit, and is trying to pull up to standing, but has ZERO interest in crawling. At all. I gave up on trying when I realized that crawling really doesn't matter. She's not going to be floor-bound forever, so I should enjoy the time while I can still count on her staying in one place. ;)
It's also easy to forget that with the "back-to-sleep" campaign, babies aren't getting as much time on their bellies as they did 20 or 30 years ago. The stories we hear from our mother-in-laws about insanely early crawlers might not be totally inaccurate, as babies had much more time to practice and master crawling, when they woke up in that position each morning. This occurred to me when I realized that DH's cousin, who has a five month old crawler, religiously follows her elderly parents' advice and has her baby tummy sleeping (and facing forward in a regular car seat...but that's another argument =P). It's easy to see how her baby is crawling already, when she's been sleeping on her belly since birth!post #24 of 292/29/12 at 8:43am
I worried so much about mobility when DS was little! He didn't even like *rolling* and hardly ever did it until he was very close to crawling. DS also never scooted - he didn't crawl until he could crawl on hands and knees. When he was 9 months old, literally at his 9-month well-baby checkup after the pediatrician asked us if he could crawl (we said "no, but he's getting close!" - and BTW, she was totally unconcerned, even at that age), he crawled across the floor to her! We were stunned.
After that, he rapidly progressed to pulling to stand and cruising, and was ultimately a full-time walker by 13 months. (Interestingly, my DH crawled at 6 months but didn't walk until 14 - a full 8 months of crawling, while DS, although he crawled later, spent only 4 months as a full-time crawler).
Every kid is so different, and at 6 months, I would have been ecstatic if my kid had been crawling. (Now I realize how great those days were before babyproofing...)post #25 of 292/29/12 at 8:54am
My now 7yo never crawled. Ever. He scooted around until he was 11 months old, and one day got up and walked. I wouldn't worry at all. I ditto what everyone else has said. In fact, I would go so far as to say that most six month olds don't crawl.
Haha re MIL.... Funny, my SIL (DH's sis) would watch my DD have meltdowns as a toddler and tsk tsk, saying her son NEVER had a tantrum. NEVER. She was very adamant that it must be something I wasn't doing that caused it. She had a second son 4 years later, and I was around to see this one first hand. He melted down regularly, yet now, 6 years later, she tells anyone who will listen that NEITHER of her sons ever had a tantrum. EVER. There's just no pleasing people. hehe.post #26 of 292/29/12 at 9:42am
I agree, no concerns at all, he is only 6 months. I think our own parents forget the developmental time frame, which is understandable, as it was so long ago. My mother was asking why my son wasn't walking when he turned 9 months. He had been crawling for months (he was early) and she said "He's been crawling forever, shouldn't he be walking by now?". She does forget though most of the developmental timing and will ask when they get teeth, start imaginary play and so on. I just think that parent's memory can be a bit blurry. My own is already, as the months go by, and my baby is only 28 months.
Your are doing a great job and carrying your baby is so wonderful for sensory development, the vestibular stimulation is great for motor skills development too. He's clinging, positioning, balancing. Plus your baby is getting such an education in the sling, being face to face with people, watching them speak and how they form words, getting so much interaction and being a part of the adult world. The activities your baby can watch close up, being in a sling is beyond what many babies see throughout the day. Best of all he gets to be with you.
Carry on Mama!
Edited by Asiago - 3/1/12 at 6:09ampost #27 of 293/3/12 at 4:33pm
I never crawled...and I made it all the way through high school and college :) I was a baby in a trailer with no electricity, very small, cold floor space and my mom never wanted to put me down. So she didn't. And I'm fine.
My daughter is 4 months now and people keep asking me if she's rolling over yet. She's not. She doesn't seem to care...but she is the most active, wiggly, ready to move baby I've ever seen. Personally I think she's just going to sit up and ask me for the car keys one of these days, and skip all the rest of it...don't let them get to you.post #28 of 293/3/12 at 5:46pm
I do know of one family where their two kids did in fact crawl at 4 months, walk at around 8 months, and talk in full sentences at 12 months--but that's a major exception. My kids crawled at 8 months, walked at 14.5 months and 12 months and both took a long time to talk. But it all evens out in the end :) With two kids under foot and a business to run I suspect this baby is going to spend almost all it's time it a sling.post #29 of 293/4/12 at 11:11am
I had one child that did do things earlier, one that started off later but then by 12 months had caught up and was walking, another that was late in every single thing. He didn't walk until 18 months, crawling was later, speech is still coming at almost 3 years old. But physically? Now, at his age I can not tell the difference in him and a child that walked 6-9 months before he did. If anything he is a daredevil who will climb up all sorts of thing sand jump off with zero hesitation.
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