Friday, May 6, 2011

Advice on crawling

I need some advice on crawling, if any of you might know the answer.

Kaylee doesn't crawl, but she does this scoot thing on her bottom. Her right leg is straight, and her left leg is bent, she uses that leg to move herself around and she moves sometimes in a straight line and sometimes in wide circles, but she always gets to where she wants to go.

I had read somewhere that true crawling is important for brain growth, so I have been working on her with it. She is a very fast learner and can crawl on hands and knees, but only if I make her.

So, my question is, is this important or should I not worry about it and work more on walking than crawling.

She seems to be about 10-12 months old developmentally.

I know everyone would have their opinion about this, so if you have experience with this or can find any information on this, please let me know.


  1. Personally, I would work on walking. I know lots of children who never crawled. I don't think she need to crawl, if she can get what she wants and can go where she wants to go...the next step is walking! ;) good luck!!

  2. Hi Crystal,
    I talked with Sue, whose daughter has Downs. She said to continue to work with her to crawl. You will need to go over and over and over with Kaylee about crawling. She said not to be alarmed. If she wants to get to where she wants to be in a hurry, she will crawl (after of course, you teach her that style). Have crawling races with her. Have Malika and Justus crawl to the left and right of her. Make it a game. Love you

  3. I don't know if it's different for Downs, but Liam didn't crawl for long (he preferred to roll places), and Brontë had a really weird crawl that I think is similar to what you're describing. She took forever to walk, but now she walks and crawls the "normal" way. :)
    I'm so glad to hear you're on the "home stretch!" Won't be long now!

  4. Both our PT and the Down Syndrome Clinic Dr. said it is REALLY REALLY important for our kids to crawl first...they said it strengthens their core in ways that walking cant...a strong core is essential for so many motor activities she will be doing in the future including walking and balancing! Zoya only army crawled when we met her...we worked a lot on getting her up on hands and knees before actually crawling, but once she got it she took off with it!

  5. Hi Crystal. I don't know if it is different for Downs either but I've "heard" of babies doing just what Kaylee is doing and they either learn to crawl or walk from that. But I agree with Johnnor to work on her crawling and making a game out of it by seeing Malika and Justus crawl. It does stengthen their core.

    Luke never crawled and went straight to walking. He took longer in time to walk with a "graceful" balance. However, David crawled and when he began walking he was more stable. I always wondered why. Maybe it does have something to do with them crawling. Kaylee is scooting and that helps some too. I wouldn't be overly worried about it either and have fun with the crawling or walking games.

    love and miss and praying. ....gosh you guys are so close to us. I wonder how long it would take us to drive to you?

  6. Hey Crystal! You know, I remember Holly Monroe crawling very much like you describe for quite a while. It was sort of a half-crawl, half-scoot, with one leg out and the other tucked in. But she got it straightened out after a while. Not sure if DS kids need more help in this department, but the articles I've seen on the subject suggest that it's not a big deal if a baby goes straight to walking.

  7. i was going to say the same thing-to ask jeni sInce holly crawled like this.