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    Crawling is for chumps! I’d rather nap

    I’ve given up on G crawling. I think he might consider trying it when he turns 2. The moment I put our little monkey-boy down on his belly, he 1) verbally (and in a high-pitched tone might I add) protests; 2) immediately rolls over. I believe our child has learned to roll specifically to avoid belly time. As such it is very difficult to get him in a position to encourage any type of slithering movement.

    At day care there’s a 9 month-old girl, even smaller (in size) than G if you’ll believe it. She’s doing circles around our child while he is perfectly content to play Bam-Bam-Bam with whatever toy he’s got on hand. That, or nap. Yes, why do today what you can put off to tomorrow? Our little man, as it turns out, spends much of his day snoozing while at day care. He takes 2-3 naps during the day, each averaging between 30min to 2 hours. It’s awesome! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that our child sleeps so well — wouldn’t change a thing, but it’s no surprise his mobility has taken a back-seat: he’s sure not practicing crawling in his sleep, that’s for sure.

    A part of me wants to try to push him a little bit more. On the other hand, there’s the part of me that knows we’re travelling to the East Coast in a few weeks and I’d rather have a Happy-to-be-stationary baby than one that wants to wiggle out of their seat to go somewhere. I’ll have plenty of those trips in my future to want to start now.

    None-the-less I’m skipping over crawling and moving onto walking. At the moment we’re just getting through standing. He’s a much better stander now. He doesn’t bend at the knees constantly, so he’s able to take his body weight while standing… and support that big ole’ head of his. Although he isn’t able to balance himself on his own just yet, we have a few good moments where we can let go while he shuffles his hands over his music table.

    I know he’ll get there at his own pace and I really AM enjoying where we are right now. Yet seeing a bunch of his peers so much ahead, I can’t help but wonder if he is considered delayed and I need to speak to his pediatrician about it. What do you think?

    2 responses to “Crawling is for chumps! I’d rather nap”

    1. Rebecca says:

      I don’t think it’s unusual to not crawl at 9 months. Two yoga poses from my baby yoga book for the “almost crawler” that are supposed to help encourage crawling: put him on his knees while you’re holding him upright so he gets the feel of bearing weight on his knees, and hold him in arms face down with his hands on the floor and let him get the feel of bearing weight w/ his arms. If that doesn’t make sense I can read you the instructions over the phone if you’re interested.

    2. Katie says:

      You know our journey, but S’s torticollis is what got us there, not specifically her delays. I will say from my experiences with Early Intervention (which frankly is a lot more knowledgeable on delays than pediatricians), not crawling by 8-9 months is not a red flag at all. Even not crawling at all isn’t an issue as long as other skills are being met. It’s a whole picture kind of thing. And in Sabrina’s case, she went from doing a whole lot of nothing to doing everything in a week. Crazy.

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