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I am the mother to a three year old daughter that skipped crawling and walked at ten months. My son just turned one last week and is not crawling or walking, he can sit and turn himself around with his arm, he can pull him up to standing at our one step up into the kitchen and he can cruise around holding furniture. At his one year well visit he was referred to a physical therapist. Just wondering if any of you have had a similar experience, how you might have encouraged crawling. Samuel will get very excited when I sit on the floor by him and will go from sitting onto his hands and knees, pushes off and lands right on his tummy and there he stays. Other than the not crawling, he is a healthy baby that likes to eat is still breastfeeding, he can clap his hands and wave goodbye and say ball. I am just looking for input from other moms. We are checking out the PT next week to see what their suggestions are.
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I think the key questions is: has he found a way to move around. It doesn't have to be crawling or walking. Does he scoot around on his bum, for example, or drag himself on the floor, or has he found another way to get from A to B? You say he cruises, which would seem to me to be enough. What counts is that he is interested in moving.

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I agree with pp. If it were me I'd probably check out the pt to see what they say but if he is cruising around with help from the furniture I wouldn't be too worried about it. I think too much emphasis is placed on the timing of developmental markers like crawling, talking, etc. We live in a rush, rush society and this attitude is also used to judge our children's milestones. If he healthy and actively interested in his surroundings I'd let him go at his own pace.
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from what i gather, it sounds like your LO is attempting to move around. my ped (not that i listen to much that he says lol) says that crawling isn't a milestone and he isn't "concerned" until a child isn't walking by 18 months. several of my friends had babies that only army crawled and walked sometime after 12 months. i know that people begin to get worried at that one year mark, but i don't think you have anything to worry about!
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I would have an evaluation done but at the same time I wouldn't worry too much. My son was a late bloomer physically-speaking (crawled at 12 months, walked at 15) but he's advanced in language and other mental capacities.

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I would have an evaluation done but at the same time I wouldn't worry too much. My son was a late bloomer physically-speaking (crawled at 12 months, walked at 15) but he's advanced in language and other mental capacities.

my mom says that was me... my ped at the time said i found an alternative way of getting around: asking people to take me places.

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Thanks for your input, it is reassuring. Little Samuel just woke up from his nap and is happily sitting on the floor pushing himself around with his arm. I will go to the pt session with an open mind to learn more about baby development. Thank you ladies!
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my cousin (boy) went from not crawling/pulling up/ moving in any way to walking at 18 months. Apparently he didn't even want to straighten his legs when held up! He's totally normal (now 28) and the doc said he was just a bit of a lazy baby lol and not to worry...

Probs good to get checked out.. but I'm sure it's nothing

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I agree with pp. If it were me I'd probably check out the pt to see what they say but if he is cruising around with help from the furniture I wouldn't be too worried about it. I think too much emphasis is placed on the timing of developmental markers like crawling, talking, etc. We live in a rush, rush society and this attitude is also used to judge our children's milestones. If he healthy and actively interested in his surroundings I'd let him go at his own pace.
Exactly.

I remember when my daughter was 9 months old, a pediatrician saw her and asked me if she was crawling, pulling up, etc. I said, "Um, no, and I don't expect her to for awhile." He got completely flustered and said if she was not at the very least crawling within 3 or 4 weeks, he would refer her to a developmental specialist for testing.

I was like, WHAT??? I have had 5 kids, and not a single solitary one of them crawled before 12-13 months of age. None of them walked before 13 months, and in fact it was closer to 15 months with at least two of them... this youngest DD of mine did not walk until 17 months. Not because she couldn't but because she didn't want to. Simple as that. And yet this guy wanted my daughter in physical therapy at 10 months old because she "should have been crawling" by 7 months of age.

I don't hold to developmental markers. I believe that you can tell if something just isn't right with the way your child is developing, at least with something as obvious as walking or crawling. Who said that every single baby MUST be crawling at 10 months and walking at 12? Not every single child learns to read by age 6 and ride a bike by age 7. People are all different and kids are people too. If one baby walks at 9 months and another at 15 months, what's to say they're not both perfectly normal? :

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I wouldn't worry, either - he sounds like he's just doing other things instead. It's a little weird as a mom to have a go-getter first and then someone a little more laid back. I get that! Ds1 crawled at 5 months and walked at 11. Ds2 crawled at 9.5 months and didn't walk until 16months. Dd crawled around 6 months but just decided to start walking last week. I knew she *could* do it for a while, but she would hide from me She knew Mommy would just carry her, so why not?
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My brother didn't walk until he was about 16 mos old, and until then he got around by scooting on his bottom. (I don't know when he started doing that.) He never did cross-crawl. By the time he was 2 he was EVERYWHERE. Running, jumping, leaping, climbing... : - it was just his way.

If there's cruising I'd say everything is fine!

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Exactly.

I was like, WHAT??? I have had 5 kids, and not a single solitary one of them crawled before 12-13 months of age. None of them walked before 13 months, and in fact it was closer to 15 months with at least two of them... this youngest DD of mine did not walk until 17 months. Not because she couldn't but because she didn't want to. Simple as that. And yet this guy wanted my daughter in physical therapy at 10 months old because she "should have been crawling" by 7 months of age.

I don't hold to developmental markers. I believe that you can tell if something just isn't right with the way your child is developing, at least with something as obvious as walking or crawling. Who said that every single baby MUST be crawling at 10 months and walking at 12? Not every single child learns to read by age 6 and ride a bike by age 7. People are all different and kids are people too. If one baby walks at 9 months and another at 15 months, what's to say they're not both perfectly normal? :

(I deleted the rest because I started ranting and decided not to hijack your thread!! )
I wish you hadn't! I have a nearly 9 month old who is not interested in crawling or moving around and I am always interested in such reassurances. If I put him on his tummy and encourage him to crawl he'll push himself backwards, or sometimes he will roll over to his back and stay there lol
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