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To think watching DD2 learn to crawl is like pulling teeth?!

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Rollonbedtime7pm Thu 19-Jan-17 16:34:05

DD2 is nearly 9 months. She's been sitting up since 6 months but no movement for ages until finally just before Christmas she started to try to get going.

She can go forward over her legs onto her hands and knees (IYSWIM) but then without fail, sinks down onto her tummy. Then she thrashes and screams and waves her arms because she can't move! She can tuck her knees under and lift her bum when she is face down screaming into the carpet but can't coordinate front and back ends!

She is DC #3 so I am in no way desperate for her to crawl - too many tiny lego and barbie pieces all over the place - but God, it's getting old listening to her complain!!

Did you find this stage annoying?! confused

Pineappletastic Thu 19-Jan-17 16:40:53

Oh God, still screaming into the carpet at nine months? Mine is four months and this is what I get when I do 'tummy time' (she can't sit or roll yet), a total refusal to even attempt supporting herself on her arms. If she's still doing it in five months I'll have no hair.


Soubriquet Thu 19-Jan-17 16:49:10

I hate the "I want to go there but I can't move stage"

So frustrating for both them and you

And you never hear the end of it until they do start moving. But then you need eyes in the back of your head so it isn't now much better

abigfuckinghohoho Thu 19-Jan-17 16:50:12

YANBU DD was like this she didn't sit till 7 months and then eventually crawled and walked at 10 1/2 months , DS was 18 months before he walked and 12 months when he crawled but I don't remember him being quite as moany about it !

Closetlibrarian Thu 19-Jan-17 16:51:39

YANBU. Nothing well not quite nothing as frustrating as when they're working up to crawling/ walking. We spent months bent over shuffling along holding on to DC1's hands so she could 'walk'. She would shout loudly if we didn't. My back was shot for months and months afterwards. Not looking forward to that stage with DS.

Haudyerwheesht Thu 19-Jan-17 16:55:23

I remember this with ds - so annoying!

Dd however lulled me into a false sense of security. She just sat quite contentedly up to 10 months and it was nice and peaceful. Then one day she wanted a toy and she just stood up and walked to get it like it was totally normal.

tobee Thu 19-Jan-17 18:20:07

DS (DC2) used to crawl backwards only for a long time and then get frustrated. He used to get stuck under the coffee table frequently. It was a mixture of annoying/hilarious.

DisneyMillie Thu 19-Jan-17 18:41:49

Having the same situation - my 8 1/2 month old has only been sitting about a month (she's a bit rubbish bless her) but wants to get moving - she rolls onto her stomach and then does a flappy starfish thing whilst shouting angrily at the world.

29redshoes Thu 19-Jan-17 18:47:13

Exactly the same here! My mum keeps making helpful suggestions like "hold her favourite toy just out of her reach when she's on her front". A great idea in theory but in practice just makes DD cry out of frustration as no matter how hard she tries she can't work out how to get to it! Poor thing.

Vanillaradio Thu 19-Jan-17 19:42:44

That sounds exactly like my ds, what you have written was exactly the way he was at 9 months. And yes it was extremely annoying. However beware once he did crack crawling he progressed to pulling up and then cruising in a two week period!

Namechangenurseryconcerns Thu 19-Jan-17 19:48:02

Oh gosh I remember this stage with dd. Although as she was my pfb I probably tried to encourage the crawling before she was ready blush
DS just got on with it-at 5 monthsshock

CouldntMakeThisShitUp Thu 19-Jan-17 19:58:26

must be a 'mum' thing grin

i'm an auntie to 10 human beans and it doesn't bother me. i lie down next to them and do the same! grin grin

Rollonbedtime7pm Fri 27-Jan-17 14:57:35

Oh good grief, it's worse than ever today!

Just crawl dammit! confused

Camomila Fri 27-Jan-17 15:01:30

I'm finding the stage DS is at stressful, 9.5 months...cruising along the furniture/trying to stand by himself and not hold on to anything. I keep thinking either walk or stay crawling on the floor where it's safe/not full of sharp corners.

I want to buy him a tiny baby helmet blush but I won't!

HonniBee Fri 27-Jan-17 15:05:01

Could be worse... mine is insistent on skipping crawling, but wants to be helped to walk constantly. He just sits and cries until someone comes to hold his hands while he wobbles around grinning like a Cheshire Cat. My back is killing me!

Astro55 Fri 27-Jan-17 15:05:03

Try having twins with one crawling at 7 months purposely taking toys offf the non crawling one and running away with it!! Screaming blue murder!! Now we laugh

Blackfellpony Fri 27-Jan-17 15:06:37

OP we have the same problem grin

DeathStare Fri 27-Jan-17 15:10:50

One of mine stayed in this stage until 16 months. Then one day she just got up and walked across the room. She'd pulled herself up on furniture in the meantime but never either crawled or cruised.

missymayhemsmum Fri 27-Jan-17 15:12:11

No, sorry, pulling teeth is worse. DD(10) is at the stage of making a major drama out of pulling teeth, refusing to eat anything hard, showing me the offending tooth but won't let me touch it. We've had this intermittently since she was 6. I recall the crawling trauma stage vividly, but this is definitely worse! -

Dahlietta Fri 27-Jan-17 15:29:01

Ha! My DS was like this. When he did eventually crawl at around the 9 months mark, he used to use his face as a 5th limb, like a little doll come alive in a horror film. He did walk very soon afterwards - never really got the hang of crawling properly, bless him.

TaraCarter Fri 27-Jan-17 15:55:39

Crawl around in front of her. I've done this twice, and each time the baby had it worked out within 36 hours what to do to copy me.

You'd have thought I would have learnt from the first time. hmm

SplendorSolis Fri 27-Jan-17 15:59:44

Ds1 used to get up into the crawl position, rock his little butt back and forth like a just about to pounce cat for ages while I held my breath then he'd
faceplant into the floor. Never did get the crawl down but started walking at 10 m.

MTB1003 Fri 27-Jan-17 15:59:55

Tara silly me I haven't thought of that! I'm going to try it. DS is sitting up on his own from 4 months (he's 5 months now), then from the seated position gets into the crawling one, but crawls backwards. He has the movements but just can't go forward.

SingingInTheRainstorm Fri 27-Jan-17 16:04:39

At points there were times where I felt insane for having a baby, but we just need patience, we need not to compare our DC to siblings or peers, hard I know. Could you help DC at all, put something that would motivate moving?
Perhaps have an area where you put a play mat, other DC need to keep Legos and other bits away from it, as when baby goes mobile it'll be a nightmare.
I would set a rule now, Lego has to be on the table not the floor. Anything drops, you stop & pick it up. Sounds OTT, but baby chewing on Lego... You can tell DC all small things need to be looked after, if not using but away or moved somewhere safe.
It's easier to train the older children, plus you gain some sanity having a carpet that isn't an obstacle course. You can get tables from IKEA cheap. Big enough to share too. It's good training for when they have to keep rooms tidy.
Hope DC starts commando crawling soon, wine to calm your nerves.

DJBaggySmalls Fri 27-Jan-17 16:06:58

DS didnt crawl. He got up and walked, but not until he was 18 months! You can guess how uncoordinated he was. I blame that for my grey hair and haggard 'seen some shit' expression.

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