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Apologies if this isn't the right place for this inquiry, please redirect me if not! My 8 mo ds is very strong and big (not stacked tires fat, more like big ol' beer gut fat) and active, but he just can't get the crawl on. I know that some big babies never really crawl, and I am encouraging it but not letting him go from annoyed-frustrated into hysterical when he is trying. I have heard that it is bad for his development if he never crawls, is that true? Dh and I were really hoping that he could become a highly paid professional athlete to support us in our old age.
 

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if he's frustrated, he's probably pretty close to crawling! neither of my girls crawled for very long....maybe a month or two before they walked....so i wouldn't worry about it. i remember reading articles about a correlation with reading aptitude & crawling and that non-crawlers can have difficulties reading or learning how to read or something. it completely freaked me out & i wanted to keep my girls crawling for as long as possible but they just wanted to walk! at 8 mos, you're ds has plenty of time to master the art. and if he goes straight to walking, i'm sure he'll be just fine, too. it's so hard to see their frustration, though, isn't it? like i said, in my house, this was always a sign that some big change was in the making!
 

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My son didnt crawl until about 10.5 months, and didnt walk until 14 months. He's always been behind on the physical milestones, but if it makes you feel any better, he's WAY ahead on the mental stuff (knew his ABC's before age 2, etc.). So the physical milestones are NOT an indicator of intelligence. Try not to worry - your son may just be a little cautious!<br><br>
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Only one of my children crawled (ds1), and only for a month or so. They walked at 11.5mos., 8.5mos., and 9mos. Crawling isn't even considered a "real" milestone, because so many children just don't do it. A daughter of a friend never crawled -- she scooted along on her bottom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
ETA: All of my kiddos are very active physically (the middle one may be gifted athletically), and the first two were big babies (always 95th-off the charts on height, and 80th-95th on weight). They're pretty smart cookies, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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DD never crawled either. She scooted on her butt to get around -- cutest thing ever! Now at 15 months she’s been walking for a week. (Yay DD!) Since she never crawled we looked into this a bit and it seems that the “no crawling = bad” thing doesn’t have much basis in fact. When she butt-scooted she was using both sides of her body, she was moving, she was very active. I think that’s all that really matters. If the baby is very inactive or weak or something like that, that’s when it can be problematic, is what we gathered.
 

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Sounds like your dc is almost there!<br><br>
You can't MAKE a baby crawl, if you have eliminated all other obstacles to crawling, like by taking your baby regularly to a good pediatric chiropractor. If your baby has skipped crawling, when they are a bit older while you are playing, implement crawling into your play and they will get the developmental benefits then.
 

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dd1 was HUGE - 3olbs at 7 months. She crawled like normal. One of my twins who is 20lbs at a year crawls, and the other (also 20lbs) pulls herself with one and pushes with the other. It looks like she is army crawling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Also, they are identical, so I suspected they would crawl the same way. It just goes to show how much of a role temperment and personality play in development.<br><br>
I'm sure he is fine, and that his weight isn't a big factor.
 

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as a pediatric pt, i've also read a lot of studies about the correlation between not crawling and later difficulties with reading and fine motor skills.<br><br>
i do take issue with some of those studies, because they do not take into account WHY a baby is not crawling. if they already have some subtle underlying developmental issues including trouble with upper body weight bearing, decreased strength in the shoulder girdle or some visual-perceptual-sensory issues that might impact a child's ability or desire to crawl, it would absolutely stand do reason that this might manifest in some learning challenges down the line. But correlation does not equal causation...i have a hard time believing that it is the lack of crawling itself that causes these problems.<br><br>
that said...crawling and quadruped (all fours) positions are a wonderful way to strengthen your child's upper back, shoulders and arms. children get the opportunity to 'crawl' in other domains besides early mobility...playgrounds etc. you can encourage your child to do things in this position as they get older...drawing pictures on the sidewalk with chalk, playing 'monster' or 'dinosaur', doing yoga poses like downward dog etc.<br><br>
also, at latest count about 12-15% of children don't crawl before they walk, and there is nothing pathological about that. in my own practice i've seen some pretty strong genetic correlations for that (ie...twins, parents that didn't crawl) so it is a variation of normal, especially since in the grand scheme of things, these little ones CAN crawl, they just prefer to be bipedal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.<br><br>
there are 'red flags' that may point to other issues going on, however. if your child is reluctant to bear weight through their arms to get into all fours, or is starting to lag behind on fine motor skills, then you might want to pursue an evaluation through the early intervention program in your state.
 

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ah...chiro_kristin...we cross posted and you said everything in one paragraph so succintly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My DD crawled late - 10/11 months? and then started walking just after her first birthday. She turned over late too. I think she was just like, "hey, all I have to do is sit here and I get everything I need, why turn over or crawl?" Now of course, she runs around the house and jump, jump, jumps everywhere! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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It's hard to crawl with a big belly! My oldest sister was like that - my mom said that she just complained the entire time she was on her tummy. She learned to pull herself up at 9 months, and walked at 10.<br><br>
Neither of my kids crawled until 10+ months. Heck, neither of them SAT before 8 months (ds at 9). Dd crawled for about 3 weeks before she learned to walk, ds about 6. They're both fine. Ds does have some sensory issues (balance, oversensitivities), but those are completely unrelated to crawling (and hereditary as well).
 

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Give it time. My DD didn't crawl until 9 months, but she walked right on time and is perfectly healthy and normal. Her little friend didn't crawl until after 12 months, and at 14 months is walking. He may never crawl-- some babies just don't-- but he may just need a little more time.
 

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DD has been a big child as well - size 2 before a year, size 4 at 2, and size 5 now at 34 months.<br><br>
She didn't crawl until about 10 months and then there was no stopping her! She also didn't walk until 16 months but now she can just about tight-rope walk!<br><br>
I think a pp was right when they said you have to look at the other factors in the study. If your child is pretty capable other then the crawling and does other things developmentally, then he probably just isn't interested yet in crawling. He might even skip it entirely.<br><br>
My mom never crawled......just sat until 15 months when she stood and walked. She went on to go to Northwestern University at the age of 8....so obviously all her other skills were more then fine.<br><br>
Just my tuppence of thought.
 

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My sister never crawled, and she walked at 9 months. I never crawled and I walked on my first birthday (I was born early though - my adjusted age would have been 10 1/2 months). Neither of us had problems learning to read or with fine motor skills, or any other developmental problems. I do have lousy balance, though, which I have heard (not from reliable sources) can be linked to not crawling. My sister is quite athletic, though.<br><br>
Your ds may yet crawl - 8 months isn't that old. dd crawled at about 8 1/2 months - I had begun to think she would go straight to walking when suddenly, she was crawling.<br><br>
My feeling is that since many babies never crawl, it seems to be a natural variation. Our society is not very good at accepting natural variations. It is very good at worrying.
 

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A-OK! My guy started cruising furniture at 10 months, took until 13 months to walk...then started to crawl. Just keeping offering and he'll be ok!
 

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this might make you feel better - i never crawled and didn't walk until i was 19 months old! i was a butterball of a baby. non-pregnant i am a size four (but would still prefer to be carried around!).
 
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