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he's crawling! user banned
19th Apr '12

DS will be 10 months on the 24th, and he's just starting to crawl, but he only pushes with one foot, and pulls with one arm (same side of the body). A nurse friend of mine was over today, and said that's a bad sign, that he should be using both sides equally. They were 7 weeks early. Do babies learn to crawl only using one side of the body first, or should I be concerned?

AmandaBee123 18 kids; Oak Island, North Carolina 5767 posts
19th Apr '12

my daughter crawled using only one foot for the longest time.



now shes running around everywhere.



he dr. just giggled at the way she crawled and said each baby learns their own way..

...... lima, OH, United States 484 posts
19th Apr '12

my daughter will be 8 months tomorrow. she started pulling herself like that at 7 months, one arm and one leg...occasionally the other arm too. today she got on all fours and busted ass across the room :) i wouldnt worry yourself too much yet. its always a good idea to get things checked out if your worried but dont stress yourself about it yet.

user banned Due April 2; Georgia 7200 posts
19th Apr '12

Thank ya'll. I was really excited to see him do it, until my friend told me something was wrong with him. I think he's perfectly fine, but you know how it is when people say things like that.

...... lima, OH, United States 484 posts
19th Apr '12

i know how you feel. at my daughters 4 month check up the dr said one of her legs was longer than the other and she would have a limp. i was so worried thinking she will never get to play sports or do things she might want to...(even though my dad had one and was able to just fine) us mommies worry, thats what we are good at. her legs looked perfect to me and the dr hasnt brought it up again. sometimes i wonder why they dont keep their comments to themselves if they arent sure...or atleast reasure us that they could be wrong!

user banned Due April 2; Georgia 7200 posts
19th Apr '12
Quoting gonzalez10:" i know how you feel. at my daughters 4 month check up the dr said one of her legs was longer than the ... [snip!] ... i wonder why they dont keep their comments to themselves if they arent sure...or atleast reasure us that they could be wrong!"


At our 6 month check up the Pedi told us that if they weren't rolling over and sitting alone by their 9 month, that we'd have to be referred to specialists. 9 months appt came, and they were rolling, but not sitting alone (for longer than a few minutes yet), and he didn't mention anything at all about the specialists. He can use both arms to push up on, so it's not like he can't use it.

...... lima, OH, United States 484 posts
19th Apr '12

doctors of all people should know babies develop at different paces. my daughter litterally JUST started sitting up before she started crawling and she JUST started crawling before she started standing. my son hardly crawled at all he just started walking at 10 months. my good friend in school had a son who didnt walk until almost 2 or talk. he is 7 now and completely caught up to all the other kids. my son is 3 and just now forming sentences, still very hard to understand. 6 months ago it was pure jibberish. every kid is different, yes there are some things that need to be checked out and could be cause for concern but man they should give the little guys a little time before jumping to conclusions.

love her 5.10.11 1 child; Youngstown, New York 374 posts
20th Apr '12

DD army crawled for like 3 months and would push with her toes on the floor and pull herself with her arms but wouldn't get on her knees for the life of her. lol. so i talked to the pedi and he said babies all have their own way of what is considered crawling and as long as they're trying to at least do it and moving then its fine and usually nothing to worry about.

Mama Casey 1 child; Wisconsin 257 posts
21st Apr '12

Just enjoy the moment congrats, keep a eye on it but try not to dwell on it. I know it is crazy our daughter was born at 34 weeks and 6 days on June 22nd so 10 months tomorrow and one of her sitters were telling me about a month ago that she should be more mobile for her age, then she added well mabie its because she is a preemie. It is so hard to get it out off your head though, she is all over the place now and just started crawling as well. Enjoy your boys!

user banned Due April 2; Georgia 7200 posts
21st Apr '12
Quoting Mama Casey:" Just enjoy the moment congrats, keep a eye on it but try not to dwell on it. I know it is crazy our daughter ... [snip!] ... so hard to get it out off your head though, she is all over the place now and just started crawling as well. Enjoy your boys!"


I tried not to. I constantly have to remind my friend that they were born at 33 weeks, not full term like her child. They'll be 10 months in 3 days. And now the other one has started, too, but he's using the opposite side of the body as his brother! So I'm sure it's nothing.