Why won’t he crawl?

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Q:My lit­tle boy is 10 months old. He reached all his mile­stones at the ex­pected times, more or less. He rolled over at 5 ½ months and at seven months he was sit­ting re­ally well in­de­pen­dently, but he just doesn’t want to crawl. He does spend a lot of time on his tummy and I’ve tried putting toys in front of him, or even tasty snacks to en­cour­age him and mo­ti­vate him to start mov­ing, but to no avail. I’m start­ing to get wor­ried that he doesn’t seem to want to crawl at all.

A:Most ba­bies start crawl­ing some­where be­tween seven and ten months. Maybe your baby prefers an al­ter­na­tive way of mov­ing, such as slid­ing on his bum or rolling from place to place. Don’t worry if his crawl­ing style is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the “nor­mal” style of crawl­ing. What is im­por­tant is that your baby moves and that his pre­vi­ous mile­stones were reached at more or less the right times. There are ba­bies who skip the whole crawl­ing phase and switch to pulling them­selves up, and then stand­ing and walk­ing. Ba­bies use dif­fer­ent meth­ods to de­velop skills and they don’t all de­velop at ex­actly the same pace. Give your baby some time. If, by one year old, he shows no in­ter­est in any form of move­ment, doesn’t yet move his arms and legs to­gether in a co­or­di­nated way and also doesn’t move both arms and legs equally of­ten, it is time to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

But in the mean­time, you can try to get him in the mood for crawl­ing by do­ing the fol­low­ing:

Con­tinue with tummy time. Roll a towel into a sausage and put it un­der his torso so that his el­bows rest firmly on the floor. Put toys down just out of reach or put him in front of a mir­ror.

When you baby is on all fours, put your hands be­hind his feet. This is to sta­bilise him and to make sure that he has some­thing to push off against in or­der to move for­ward.

Limit the time your baby spends in his cat seat and pram. Rather give him time for free play on the floor where he can play and ex­plore.

Please don’t worry too much about your baby not crawl­ing yet and don’t com­pare him to other ba­bies. Be pa­tient and have fun to­gether while he learns to master this new skill. YB

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