Monday, December 14, 2009

"He'll be fine"

"You're so lucky"
"I wish mine didn't move yet"
"Once he starts moving, you'll long for the days when he didn't"
"He'll move when he wants to..."

...really? Will he? These are all the statements I get in regards to my 10 month old child not moving yet. Not only is he not moving, he doesn't even attempt to move and shows zero interest. no rolling, no scooting, no pulling up, nothing. (He can roll over if he tries REALLY hard). I have tried everything in the book, but when you have a child that screams when you put him on his tummy no matter what and instantly rolls to his back, it's kinda impossible to teach a kid to crawl.

At what point do doctors officially become worried/make you take action (like physical therapy) etc. for babies not moving. 10 months? 12 months? 14 months?

I just want to see SOME progress, and we aren't getting any these days...

Note: I do have a large baby with a big head and cautious nature...I've heard those contribute to late moving.

21 comments:

Heidi, Greg, and Jackson said...

Maybe spending a little time with his cousins over Christmas will show him that moving is "the cool thing to do." I think peer pressure is what encouraged Bennett to start walking. Can't wait to meet him (isn't that so sad that we haven't met him yet?)

Cecily said...

Hey, remember me? Yeah, I follow your blog.

So we just had our second... and, like his big sister, he's not interested in crawling at all. So I'm teaching him, like his big sister, how to scoot on his back. It took Summer a looong time to "Aha!" into the whole "I can move" mindset.

Good luck!

Amanda J said...

Nicholas didn't crawl until he was almost 11 months old. He did not care about moving until then. Then he didn't walk until he was 13 months old and I had a one month old baby. I wouldn't stress about it. If you are worried, Gymboree does classes for kids that age that could encourage him to try crawling.

Baldersons said...

I have a niece who didn't crawl or walk until 18 months. The Doctors were starting to get a little concerned but one day she just stood up and started running. She didn't care to move before so don't worry (I know that is easier to say than do though when it is your own baby!)

sam and brittney said...

Don't worry!! He will do it when he wants to! I'm sad that we are not going to be in Houston this Christmas. I would have been so fun to hang out with you guys!

Renee said...

What does your doctor say? I think they see enough kids that they could probably give you the best advice. I told you I had a niece that was the same way. She never rolled crawled but started scooting on her bumb and then walked. Sorry I don't have any good answers for you but he is stinking cute!!!!

andrea.roche said...

No comment will curb your anxiety. I feel the same way aboutTreyson's eating, to the point I took him to the pediatrician. Same result. "He'll eat when he wants to!"

That being said, Colton is fine. I talked to a friend of mine the other day whose kid did nothing but army crawl till he was 15 months. Then, he just started walking, overnight literally. Skipped the crawling altogther.

You are doing EVERYTHING right. We just can't control these little terrors, I mean angels. ;)

Jill said...

Ask the doctor for your own peace of mind. It would probably be worth it. Everything I saw about him seemed healthy and happy. He's very content with life.

Our Family said...

Next time I'm at my doctor (which is usually weekly) I can ask him for you. I only say that because he's super hyper and freaks me out every time I go in. If there was something to be concerned about he would FOR SURE let me know. I almost have to take a valium just to get over my appointments with him.

That being said. My best friend's baby couldn't even bend to sit up at eight months. She just carried him around in his carrier carseat. It took forever for him to move. You'd never know now. He was running around my house crazy tonight!

The Anaya Family said...

He will move when he is ready...There is no such thing as NORMAL... All babies are different and pretty soon before you know it your little guy will be scooting all over....case in point, Celeste walking at 8 Months! Spencer didnt even scoot till he was 13 months old. All babies are different. this I can promise :)

Karen and Kevin said...

I have several friends whose kids didnt crawl at all. Zach was a late crawler (dont remember how late, but I think close to 10/11 months) and then didnt walk until like 14 months or so. I was worred b/c drew was crawling at 7 mo and walking by 10 mo. then I realized, all kids are different and will figure it out on their own time. I understand your concern though completely, and if the doctor would give you peace of mind you should absolutely go!

Crystal said...

I think the stuff I've read says babies start crawling between 7 and 12 months. I'm sure he's totally fine, but check with his pediatrician if it would ease your mind. In the mean time, try not to worry too much and just enjoy him. I know easier said than done.

Shannon said...

My sister's baby didn't move at all until she was over a year old. She didn't start walking until she was over two. Nothing was wrong with her, she just had NO desire. Now she is 4 1/2 and she is running all over. She even takes soccer and dance lessons!

Kennedy said...

I didn't crawl at all. Went straight to walking. Had one of my grandma's telling my mom that I was going to be mentally challenged because I didn't to things right. I think I am just fine, but you never know! :o)
Talk to your Dr to make sure there aren't other factors involved (health wise) and then just keep doing what you are doing! I think it is harder with our first babies because we are so keen on every little thing they do. You can't wait for them to smile, sit up, eat real food, scoot, crawl, etc. So when they don't do something just like the books say they should we start to panic. I am sure that he will be just fine. He is so very relaxed for a baby and I am sure that at some point he is going to just get up and crawl one of these days just because HE decided it was time. :o) Silly kids...think the world revolves around them or something...

Kennedy said...

I am totally down for a trade! I'd love to give Colton some of Rory's crazy-buzy-need-to-move-all-the-time stuff for some good old fashioned baby fat!! :o)

Crystal said...

My boys both learned to sit-up first and then from there they'd lean over on their hands, which eventually made their arms strong enough for them to kind of push off of and slowly start crawling. They too HATED to be on their stomachs because of acid reflux. I couldn't tell from your post if Colton sits up yet. But if he doesn't, maybe try to get him to sit up and then do little leaning over exercises onto his hands. Does that make sense? I know lots of tricks since I've worked with so many Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists, if you need any other ideas. Good luck! But don't worry so much little lady.

Whitney Urquhart said...

Hi Angela. I am a friend of Brittney Strebel and am from Spring Branch like Mike.My now 20 month old did not crawl for a long time and did not walk till she was 15 months. With both crawling and walking, once she started she was great at it. She too hated tummy time with a passion, is very very cautiuos and has a masive head. Do not fear he will crawl in due time. You will still worry and that makes you a good mom.

Tyson and Heather said...

sorry, we don't have babies, so we have no idea what to say for encouragement.... but I am sure he'll move when he is ready!!! What a cute little boy!!!

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Heather and Billy said...

Ok...so I don't want to freak you out but I would just ask the doctor. It's not because he's not crawling. It's because he's not rolling either nor does he seem interested. And because I have more than one friend whose child was like that and there WAS something to be concerned about. A wise doctor said that only the mom knows best. YOU are his mom and God gives you a special intuition because of that. If you feel uneasy, get it checked out. If you think things are fine, they probably are. Do you go in for regular well-baby checks? It would come up then (usually) if it was something to be concerned about.