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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: C | 2008/01/08

Q.

10 month old and crawling

My 10 months old baby girl doesn't crawl on all fours but slides along using her arms (with a toe or toe and knee guiding the way). She is starting to pull herself up and managed to 'crawl' up some stairs in her own unique way. She has reached all her milestones and at her six month check up the paediatrician was happy with her development (and said she had quite a strong back!). Should I be concerned that she is not crawling on all fours? Will it hinder her gross motor development and writing skills later in life? She does rock on all fours, moves along but then reverts back to her sliding/leopard crawl - she doesn't curl her toes out for proper traction.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is perfectly normal and there is no need for you to be concerned. Many babies skip crawling altogether.

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