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Old 06-11-10, 09:38 PM
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My niece didn't crawl, ever. She started scooting on her butt at 12 months and began walking at 15. She was also very tiny, but I just think she was one of those babies who just doesn't crawl. I've heard of lots of children who never crawled. Call your ped and check. It never hurts to call and ask!
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Old 06-12-10, 10:06 PM
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IA that the rolling over is more concerning but crawling is important. It's not technically a milestone but it gets babies ready for other milestones. It helps with fine motor skills and upper body strength.

My mom is an OT and she told me all this. Crawling and pulling up are steps to walking...The babies that crawl generally walk sooner and are more balanced. Obviously that's not every case.
Definately talk to your ped asap about all this.
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Old 06-13-10, 10:33 PM
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Crawling is also important because it makes connections in the brain to use opposite sides of the body. Cross-laterality is important in development- not just in motor skills but in learning as well. When I did early intervention- even if a child skipped crawling and started walking- we would try to get them to crawl anyway- for development purposes. Also, crawling is also important for psychological development in that babies learn to explore the world from the level of all fours before they are completely upright. HOWEVER, LOTS of babies never crawl and do JUST fine! I agree that if you have concerns you should definitely bring them up to your ped. There is probably nothing majorly wrong at all- babies are all so different in their rates of development. My niece and my cousin's baby didn't walk until they were 17 and 18 mos and they are both completely normal!
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Old 06-14-10, 08:40 AM
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Well this weekend Presley started rolling over from back to belly like when I would change her she would try rolling and I would let her to see if she could get all the way over and she did & one night she was crying in her crib and DH went to check on her and she was on her belly pushing up (she sleeps on her back) So I am a lot less concerned. We have been working with her alot over the weekend so I will keep you posted.
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