Does not want to crawl

by Kelly
(Michigan)

My eight month old daughter does not want to crawl. In fact, she doesn't like to be on her stomach or even try to play on her stomach. She lasts a few mintues even with stimulating toys in front of her. She starts to cry then it turns into a loud shrill. She's a very over dramatic baby. She doesn't even try to move while on her stomach and sometimes will figure out she can flip to her back so she doesn't have to be on her tummy anymore. She stiffs her legs out so that their in a straight position and won't bend them at all.


Her cousin is only 7 weeks older than her and has been crawling for over a month now and can walk holding on to objects and stands up on her own. I'm also 7 months pregnant. Could this have something to do with her developmental skills or is something seriously wrong with her? Her cry isn't normal either. She will scream at the top of her lungs for twenty minutes and not be worn out.

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Crawling development
by: Dalene

At 8 months your baby's crawling development is definitely not behind yet. Go to the Baby Development Chart and have a look at the crawling development age range for confirmation. I think one of the problems is that the cousin's development is fast and you're using that as some yardstick. There's no need to do that. If you say she (the cousin) started crawling at around 6 months then that is sooner than half of all babies.

Regarding her intolerance for tummy time. That too is a fairly common thing. The trick is not to expect your child to suddenly start spending long periods on the floor... that is simply not going to happen.

Use some of the techniques described on site to gradually stretch the tummy time periods. Although you're pregnant, consider getting on the floor with her. That usually makes a huge difference. I suggest you also use some of the techniques to encourage her to crawl. If one trick doesn't work, then try another. I often need time to pay around with babies on the floor until I find something that works and gets results. All the best.

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