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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: shanene | 2006/04/04

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not crawling yet

my baby girl is now 8/5 months and still not crawling, she hates lying on her tommy and does not even lift her bums yet, is this normal or should she already have started crawling

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Paediatrician

She should only be crawling at 10 months, so do not worry at this stage.

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Posted by: Nella | 2006/04/05

Hi shanene,
My baby boy only started to crawl at 10 months. He is a big, long baby and was sitting late. He preferred to roll to get places. We would use the feather duster to encourage him to crawl - he loves it and would leopard crawl for 30 cm, which would increase. He is now crawling correctly after 2 weeks of leopard crawling / pulling himself forward on his tummy.
Good luck,

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Posted by: Sugar Pea | 2006/04/04

Hi There,

My daughter just started crawling and she is 9 months 1 week. When she was 8 and a half months I was also worried about my daughter but she just started crawling all of a sudden and she hated been on her tummy she would cry the minute I put her on her tummy (I gave up after a while and never put her on her tummy).

Good luck and let us know when she does cause she will get there.

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Posted by: Purple | 2006/04/04

The average age to start crawling is anywhere between 9 and 12 months. So in other words, if your baby only starts crawling at 12 months - this is normal. Some babies crawl earlier and some later. Late crawling is not a worry unless your child is lagging in other types of milestones too, not just motor skills.

Not crawling is a problem though. It causes problems with fine motor coordination and things like handwriting and ball skills when your child is older. However, playing crawling games when your child is bigger will help with this.

To encourage crawling, place your baby on her tummy regularly throughout the day for a few minutes at a time - even if she hates it. Start off with two or three minutes at first, and increase it till she can go for ten or fifiteen minutes at a time.
Put interesting toys nearby for her to look at. Start off with them close enough for her to reach and play with, and then put them just out of reach so that she has to wiggle there on her tummy. She will eventually wiggle all over. She will also eventually start to raise her chest up on her arms, and later will go up on all fours and rock, then she'll crawl backwards, and then crawl forwards.

I found a plastic 2litre bottle with water, some sequins in different colours and one drop of a light coloured food colouring to make a shiny "toy" is great fun for a baby to aim for. Make sure the lid is screwed on VERY securely. A mirror in front of baby is also a favourite.

If your baby "bum shuffles" - slides around on her bum, spend lots of time doing tummy time.

Often babies who sit early are problem crawlers and that is why early sitting should never be encouraged.

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