Babies that don't crawl, just walk? Is this normal

@babykay (2133)
Ireland
April 4, 2007 3:48pm CST
My child is 10 months old+ and he doesn't seem to want to crawl. He likes to stand and he seems generally ok otherwise. I have heard of babies that do not crawl, go straight to walking but also that if they do this they miss out on an important part of their brain development. Any thoughts/comments?
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@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
4 Apr 07
You're going to hear and read alot of "every child is different and will learn at their own pace"... All of my other children were right on schedule...except my baby. He's 14 months old and he still doen't want to walk nor stand up on his own. He developed things slower anyways so he's at his own speed. I would encourage your little one with exciting toys just out of his reach to -make- him crawl to them.
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
7 Apr 07
it is true that they are all different lol! I am trying the toys just out of reach and it seems like he might be thinking of crawling....thanks!
• United States
4 Apr 07
I think that it's perfectly "normal" and natural for them to do that. I know that my son hated crawling around and he was always happiest when he we'd hold his hands and walk him around the house when he was a baby. He started walking and running all over the place at around 9 months old and it was probably his happiest moment lol. I think that if your child wants to skip crawling and go straight to walking then that's perfectly fine and he should be encouraged!
@moodycow (42)
• United States
4 Apr 07
From what I've seen online, in books, and on tv, it's completely normal for some babies to completely skip crawling. You can always ask his Dr just to ease your mind, but it's probably nothing to worry about.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
I think if a baby skips crawling and goes right to walking, that might be a good thing..I skipped crawling (I had to ask my dad about this..lol) and I am simply brilliant..I think that might mean either your baby will be a little more advanced growing up..it just seems like a good thing..if you are concerned about it, ask a doctor..
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
5 Apr 07
My daughter attempted crawling & found it more fun to crawl on her hands & feet rather than hands & knees - although it didnt last long! She was standing at 6-7 months & taking her steps around 8 - 8 1/2 months - she's dancing & almost running now & is just about unstoppable at almost 10 months! I think it has to be normal for some kids to skip crawling - especially since i see a lot of people in myLot here saying their baby was the same! I don't think it will affect his brain development - if he can co-ordinate himself to stand, then there's not likely to be anything wrong :) If you'd feel better, ask a doctor or a midwife coz that's what they're there for but i don't think there's anything to worry about :) Take care :)
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
7 Apr 07
I have an image in my head of your daughter doing that funny crawl! Hopefully you are right and it is nothing to worry about.
• United States
15 Apr 07
My daughter was 9 1/2 months when she started crawling. Her doctor said she probably would go straight to walking but then one day she just started crawling! I've heard that the longer they crawl, the better their motor skills but I dont know if thats true. Ask your sons doctor if you're concerned.
@mom_of_2 (399)
• Canada
5 Apr 07
My friends daughter skipped the crawling stage, she started walking at 11 months. She is now 3 1/2 and her motor skills are above average. She take gymnastics and does very well. I dont think walking early has any effect on brain development, I think some kids just aren't content with crawling. Both my kids were 14 months before they walked, I remember worrying that they were delayed...turns out they were just a little lazy..lol. As parents we worry. We worry if they take to long at reaching their next milestone, and we worry if they worry if they don't do things "by the book". Have fun celebrating all their achievements at whatever pace go.
• United States
4 Apr 07
i had a cousin who did this. she started walking and completely skipped crawling. i think she was only 9 or 10 months too. the odd thing about it though is that she was able to walk, but then she started crawling later on. she didnt stop walking, but she mixed the two together. i dont know if she missed anything since she still did it. my cousin is also really smart. at the age of 3 she was already able to tell the flags to the different countries. it blew my mind away.
@mmygrace (78)
• Philippines
4 Apr 07
My son did'nt crawl neither. He directly walked at age 11 months. Looks like nothing is to worry about. My son is bright, your child might be one too :)
@mememama (3077)
• United States
4 Apr 07
My son didn't crawl much, he scooted for a few weeks and went right to hanging onto furniture. He walked at 9 months. He's really advanced with his motor skills but isn't much of a talker (he's 19 months). Some kids do things their own way and develop differently. I don't think he's missed out on anything but sore knees.