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Okay for arguements sake I am REALLY not one of those moms who gets into whose baby is doing what, or discuss in detail with other mommies what my babe is or is not doing. But nonetheless I am starting to find myself concerned that sweet baby is not crawling yet, she is almost 8.5 months.<br><br>
She is sitting and lunging forward, and sometimes flops on her belly. She can get up into the cobra pose, but she can't hold herself up on all fours - its like her pelvis and hips can't support the weight. Also it should be noted that she isnt pulling herself up either which I think babies start to do at this age.<br><br>
Am I just being paranoid? I see other kids her age doing these things and I guess that is the cause of my anxiety. Maybe I should also mention she is only in the 10% for weight? Waaa! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> I am not sure if I should be concerned but I am. Please reassure me.....
 

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Justine--my babe will be 9 months in a few days and he's not crawling either. He sits, he rolls everywhere, he even tries to pull himself up now and then, but isn't all that successful. I try not to worry because common sense tells me he's obviously "ok" and just going at his own pace. It's hard not to worry, though, especially since ds #1 was nearly walking by this age. Maybe your post will generate a ton of responses from others in the same boat and we'll both feel better, huh? :LOL<br><br>
eta: I'm not sure what percentile ds is in, as we haven't been to a doctor since he was about 2 months old. He's about 18 lbs at 9 months.
 

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My 11 month old just started crawling this week, FWIW. He's healthy, happy, and developmentally on-time otherwise.
 

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Our daughter didn't start crawling until about 9 1/2 months and now at a year she isn't walking yet but she is crawling like a pro. So don't worry she will crawl when she is ready.<br>
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My First DS, now 10, *never* crawled. You could put him in the middle of a room and he would just sit there. He never scooted, never tried to move. He learned to pull himself up on to a couch if he happen to be sitting next to it, and he began to walk at 14 months and never looked back!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt"><br><br>
My now 10 month old DS just began to crawl at 9 months. He went from the 'army man' crawl to the throwing him self forward from his hands and knees, to a regualr crawl all withen a weeks time!<br><br><br>
Don't worry mama, she will crawl whan ready!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Justine,<br><br>
My chiropractor actually said that it's optimal for a baby to crawl at 10 months or later and then to get a good number of months of crawling in before walking (4 months or more). You can't tell a child to hold off, but we didn't encourage crawling too early. He started crawling at 10.5 months and walking at about 15 months. The advantage of having later crawlers and walkers is that their muscles are very developed when they start and there are fewer trips and falls.<br><br>
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I've known plenty of babes who never even crawled. My mother neither crawled nor walked until age 2. Even the doctors were concerned. Then one day she just got up and started walking.<br><br>
As for the size of your dd. Are you and hubby or anyone in your family short? My sister and I were always on the small end of the charts and still are today at 5' and 5'1". Our grandmother was only 4'10". Genetics play a big part.
 

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*sighing a big sigh*<br><br>
It's good to hear other mommys out there with the same or similar news. Thank you to Gale Force for such an interesting tidbit of info.<br><br>
I am breathing better now. Goodness gracious if I thought I had anxiety before I had a baby - I didnt know what anxiety was!<br><br>
I know all things in due time the whole thought comes from watching other babies. How not to compare?! Trying to balance between being a relaxed yet mindful mommy is something I am still getting used too.<br><br>
Thanks! And keep the thread going - I would love to hear other people share!
 

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My ds never did the all fours crawl, he actually started to drag himself around the house long before he even sat up.<br><br>
He was 18 months old before he walked, but he could climb the bookcase, onto the couch and out of his play yard before he was 15 months old.<br><br>
In other words, each in his own time.
 

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According to my mom, I never crawled on all four limbs - I apparently preferred to drag myself around until I was walking.<br><br>
Gavin gets up on all fours lots, but crawls mainly by dragging.<br><br>
I was worried for a few months about him not sitting. Then once he started crawling, I realized he'd been able to sit for some time (being unsupported in my lap) but he just hated to do that, because he was always trying to get somewhere. He can sit now when he's forced to, but it's usually an immediate get down to crawl around and create havok among the kitties. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
It's so hard not to worry at times. I stopped reading *anything* on "your baby should do x by x" becacuse it's all so different from one to another and most of the time it just leads to un-needed worry.
 

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My dd didn't crawl until almost a year and the immediately started pulling up. She walked at 14mo and never looked back! :LOL<br><br>
She was also very small (still is) and has always been in the 5-25%.<br><br>
One of the babes at playgroups has scooted while sitting for months, but didn't start standing and cruising until 14 months. Otherwise, she's done things early and is talking etc. This baby never has liked standing much.
 

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I definitely try to remind myself that every baby will do things at his or her own pace, but it's hard not to get worried sometimes. Ds is just now starting to take a few "steps" on his hands and knees before he busts into an army crawl.<br><br>
Vein- I'm glad to hear that someone else's child just doesn't want to sit! Ds either leans forward and rolls over or arches his back when you try and put him down in a sitting position. He wants to be on the go at all times.
 

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Mine too! I have to physically bend him if I want him to sit--sometimes he just won't--he stiffens up like a board! :LOL
 

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DD is almost 11 months and is taking a few steps on her own now. She has never crawled and I don't think she will. She LOVES to walk around holding onto one of our fingers. It's all we do anymore! DH and I are a tag-team, switching off every 15 minutes or so.<br><br>
She can cruise on the furniture but only does so if we put something away from her that she really wants. She BARELY holds on to our finger and does most of the walking herself. She'll probably hold on to us long after she needs to.<br><br>
Also, she's always been around the 90th percentile for height and 80th and above for weight.<br><br>
Anyway, point being she doesn't want to crawl, she wants to walk! I'm not concerned in the least that she might never crawl. Although I'm sad because crawling babies are SO cute! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Bump!<br><br>
I was about to post the same issue, but searched the archives first and found this thread. I thought I'd bump it up in case anyone else was worried or wanted to share a story about their late crawler.<br><br>
I am already feeling better about DS's progress.
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This is my DS to a "T". He's so laid back, totally happy to just sit peacefully and watch the world go by <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I think he's got his mama's lazy disposition :LOL.<br><br>
I was reading one of those "Your baby is 9 months!" things yesterday, and it was saying how "your baby" is almost walking by now. Ha! It scared the heck outta' me, because DS doesn't even really have the desire to be mobile at this point. Which is nice in a way, because I can put him down and still know where to find him if I turn away for a moment <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. I don't think I'm going to read any more of those baby progress notes any more.<br><br>
Anyone else care to share?
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Indigo73</i><br><b>My ds never did the all fours crawl, he actually started to drag himself around the house long before he even sat up.<br><br>
He was 18 months old before he walked, but he could climb the bookcase, onto the couch and out of his play yard before he was 15 months old.<br><br>
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Indigo, this was my son completely! He didn't crawl exactly- he did this weird crawling with one leg whilst dragging the other behind him! Then he walked when he was 18 months. He didn't crawl until he was almost 13 months- before that he would roll to wherever he wanted to get.<br><br>
Our babies are just more creative!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by jackson's mama</i><br><b>.This is my DS to a "T". He's so laid back, totally happy to just sit peacefully and watch the world go by <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.</b></td>
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nak<br><br>
I remember your little Jackson from our cding party, D'Anne and what I remember thinking was 'what a gentle little soul he is.' My ds started crawling around 10 mos and until then was quite happy to simply sit and reflect on the passing parade of life.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by solsticemama</i><br><b>I remember your little Jackson from our cding party, D'Anne and what I remember thinking was 'what a gentle little soul he is.'</b></td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Samantha just started creeping with purpose in the last few weeks. She is also just starting to pull herself up on stuff and still can't "walk" holding onto stuff. Compared to her sisters she is a bit of a lump, but she is far more vocal and "logical" so I figure she is working on other skills.<br><br>
If it makes you feel better I remember posting the same worry when she was about 8 months old and I now feel pretty good about her development.<br><br>
MM
 
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