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Should my little girl be more mobile?

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Munchkinmommy Thu 25-Apr-13 18:42:48

I took my daughter to the health visitor today to get her weighed and they got me worried about her movement. I would love to hear your opinions as I'm not sure if I should worry or not!
She was 1 a couple of weeks ago. She has been able to sit up well since she was 8 months and has bum shuffled a little since about 10 months. She can only do this on smooth surface, on carpet she just bounces up and down on her bum. She can roll over and does get on all fours and can go from sitting to on her tummy but not the other way.
But she is showing no signs of wanting to crawl. She hasn't tried to pull herself up at all and doesn't like putting her feet down. She can stand if we hold her under her arms though. Bum shuffling is slow. She simply doesn't seem to want to move, she will cry if she can't reach something, at which point I try to encourage her to move but she ends up really upset.
She was born breech but the scan on her hips was all clear.
Is this normal do you think? Thanks

dozily Thu 25-Apr-13 18:45:47

I'd say it's a bit late but within the normal range. Dd3 is 2-3 weeks younger and can't do as much as that and I'm not worried yet.

SpottyTeacakes Thu 25-Apr-13 18:49:43

Bum shufflers are often late walkers and tend to have low muscle tone, according to dd's physio. Dd crawled at a year and didn't walk until she was 22 months but even then they just said she was the later side of normal and weren't worried.

You will probably find she talks earlier or learns colours earlier as she is spending less time running around!

MrsFlorrick Thu 25-Apr-13 18:50:57

All sounds normal. My DD sat early at 5 months and rolled early but then after a brief week of crawling, she started bum shuffling at 8 months and continued to do that until 16 months when she walked. She started pulling up and cruising a bit at 14 months.

Be prepared for lots of worn trousers. A bum shuffler will walk later. But she is getting around which is the important thing.

Do you have hardwood floors? We did and DD just just glide along on them on her bum. I think she found it a convenient way of getting around.

Btw she was born by emcs and at no time was she in breech position. And her younger brother was a confirmed crawler and early walker.

spottyparrot Thu 25-Apr-13 18:59:11

Both mine were bum shufflers and neither ever crawled. I would get your dd toys that encourage her to stand up - a toy that she can hang onto for support (static, not for her to push around).

Something like this www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ELC-Wooden-Activity-Bead-Table-Baby-Infant-/261200893303?pt=UK_Toys_Games_Toys_CA&hash=item3cd0c95577

She'd need to stand in order to reach the beads, you would stand her up but once standing she could steady herself. Watch out for her falling over backwards if she lets go!

Munchkinmommy Thu 25-Apr-13 19:17:31

Thanks everyone, that's made me feel loads better! I wasn't really worried before today, it was in the back of my mind but I wasn't concerned. But the the HV started saying we need to monitor her and seemed worried so that got me going. Think I will try one of those tables :-)

MiaowTheCat Thu 25-Apr-13 19:24:04

DD1 can't go from lying back to sitting and she's about the same age as yours... and was about on a par with her at sitting stable enough for me to risk looking away for a second (I think I still had cushions behind her till about 9 months or so because she was wobbly). She only started crawling at the beginning of her 12th month - just the very day grandma was babysitting as I was in having her little sister... boy did granny get a fright when she suddenly went from staying where you put her to mobile tornado of mayhem!

I think they look more for them having some way of getting around - be it bum shuffling (I know one bum shuffler who actually bounces along like Tigger - it's great to watch), or rolling (DD1 did a great line in wriggling to aim herself and then rolling for a month or so), or crawling of some description or another (we still commando it up). Any interest in even trying to pull herself up's only appeared in the last fortnight or so - so nearer 13 months than 12.

Health visitor's never been concerned about it to be honest - I keep raising it as a query and being reassured. She just went through a long period where lots of kids are working on nailing crawling and pulling up on things etc and she was throwing the time into language development instead - she had recognisable "words" (not used in the correct context obviously) comparatively early to her peers.

Little cherub also discovered that rugs meant she didn't HAVE to crawl as she could pull the rug and the carefully arranged out of reach object of desire would come to her!

Munchkinmommy Fri 26-Apr-13 15:27:52

Ha ha that's funny, babies are so resourceful :-). Sounds like my little one is normal then. She has progressed with other development areas fast so guess, like you say, she has been concentrating on that. I'll stop worrying. Well at least until I find something else to worry about!

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