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OK, Sylvie's not exactly immobile, but she's coming up on a year old, and she's not really crawling. We put her on her stomach and she'll push herself around (mostly backwards) using her arms, but hasn't really figured out how to use her knees or anything. Anyone else deal with this? Should we be concerned? Trying not to worry about it too much, but we know 7 month olds who are crawling already ...

tylerw, Monday, 9 August 2010 16:23 (twelve years ago) link

You've checked with her doctor, right?

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 9 August 2010 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

oh yeah, she's got her 12 month appointment coming up shortly. at the last appt. the doc said not to worry about it since she was fine physically. but now that we're coming up on a year it's just starting to seem a little off. Of course, she may just be a little behind other kids -- she doesn't have any teeth yet either!

tylerw, Monday, 9 August 2010 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

i say live it up while you can

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 9 August 2010 17:04 (twelve years ago) link

haha, i know! there is something pretty nice about putting a baby down and knowing she won't be going anywhere too fast. we see our friends with slightly older kids and feel like it is just chaos, with a kid running/crawling around.

i don't know, i'm wondering whether it has to do with the fact that my wife is a stay at home mom (and I work from home a lot of the time) ... like, she doesn't *need* to crawl. Pretty much everything is brought to her.

tylerw, Monday, 9 August 2010 17:07 (twelve years ago) link

i have a strong feeling it is just One of Those Things...

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 9 August 2010 17:11 (twelve years ago) link

probably, yeah -- as with so many developmental things over the first year, it seems like we spend about a month thinking "omg, why isn't she doing this!?" and then she does it and all that stress is pointless.

tylerw, Monday, 9 August 2010 19:25 (twelve years ago) link

all those Neil boots giving your kid second-hand honey slides!

Euler, Monday, 9 August 2010 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

haha, probably. wife and i joke that sylvie has inherited our lack of ambition. "crawling ... meh. i'm good right here."

tylerw, Monday, 9 August 2010 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

Immobile Baby would be a good band name.

My totem animal is a hamburger. (WmC), Monday, 9 August 2010 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

She will probably get up one day and just walk straight across the room. Some babies just bypass crawling altogether and go straight to walking (sometimes via bum shuffling).

Archie on the other hand has been crawling since about eight months but now at rising 16 months still isn't walking. I'm sure he could walk if he wanted but he can crawl like greased lightning so I guess he doesn't see the point!

Meg (Meg Busset), Monday, 9 August 2010 19:57 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, we were wondering if she'll just skip crawling. there's no problem with her legs, anyway -- she can already stand holding herself up next to the couch ...

tylerw, Monday, 9 August 2010 20:03 (twelve years ago) link

My niece didn't crawl till she was 13 months and then didn't walk until 18 months. They're all different!

Vicky, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 14:13 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...
UPDATE -- baby is no longer immobile. pretty funny, she's really made about six months worth of progress in about a month.

tylerw, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 22:53 (eleven years ago) link


BIG MUFFIN (gbx), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

haha. now that she's catching up, we need to catch up on the child proofing. case in point -- the fireplace over there, with its sharp, hard corners. is there anything any of y'all would recommend for that kind of thing, other than just totally blocking that area of the room off? are there like pads or bumper sort of things?

tylerw, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 22:59 (eleven years ago) link

I have never child-proofed much, apart from stairgates and plug socket covers. Mind you my kids are always covered in grazes and bruises.

Meg (Meg Busset), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i don't think we're going to go nuts with it, it really is just that fireplace that freaks me out!

tylerw, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 23:26 (eleven years ago) link

I love the cat in the video.

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:32 (eleven years ago) link

you might be able to use the same things they make for covering up the corners of tables?

the only child-proofing we did was.. actually i don't think we did anything other than just get everything UP off the floor. we didn't even get stair gates. then again we don't have an actual fireplace!

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:21 (eleven years ago) link

omg how cute. she's so excited! <3

master of retardment (ENBB), Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:51 (eleven years ago) link


re: childproofing. My in-laws just used an array of pillows around the hearth whenever toddlers came to visit. However, they recently switched to a fireplace bumper, which is less liable to get knocked out of the way.

Once again:


kkvgz, Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:48 (eleven years ago) link

You can improvise with pieces of foam rubber, that kind of thing. When my eldest was a toddler we had a plastic ball dispenser for washing liquid taped to the particularly vicious corner of our glass dining table.

the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged men (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:53 (eleven years ago) link

thanks for the reccs. we have this foam floor thing that we might try to use as some sort of padding. won't look great, but oh well. can't believe those bumpers are so expensive!

tylerw, Thursday, 11 November 2010 16:09 (eleven years ago) link

They are so light and small at that age that whatever they bang into or fall against won't be able to cause much damage. Maybe put a stair gate up? We put a gate across our living room, but mostly just to keep them from getting into stuff. For our fireplace, we got a doorway gate and wedged it in there...

schwantz, Thursday, 11 November 2010 21:34 (eleven years ago) link

keeping this thread on its path from immobile baby to mobile baby, here's the kiddo dancing, walking, clapping hands, talking, all in the space of 30 seconds

we've also come up with a fairly good fireplace solution. we affixed this foamy rug thing that had been in her room to the corners, so i think that'll work.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:25 (eleven years ago) link

sylvie still only has one tooth though! we know six month olds with more. hmm.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:26 (eleven years ago) link

Oh my she's so cute.

ENBB, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:27 (eleven years ago) link

aw that is awesome

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:28 (eleven years ago) link


BIG MUFFIN (gbx), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:39 (eleven years ago) link

i know! i've watched that video like a hundred times i think. that's basically how she walks around, laughing, bobbling, babbling.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:42 (eleven years ago) link

Oh my god. She's adorable, Tyler. I am so, so stoked for when my daughter gets to do that kind of stuff.

Vanpire Halend (kkvgz), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:45 (eleven years ago) link

love baby dancing, it seems like they have no concept of what they're doing, just that bending their knees when they hear tunes seems like the right thing to do

BIG MUFFIN (gbx), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:46 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, she basically likes anything with a good beat. it seems totally involuntary most of the time.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:52 (eleven years ago) link

my son is a dance machine...he used to go nuts over Grizzly Bears "Two Weeks" before he could walk.

Mark Chmuras Hot Tub Crime Machine (chrisv2010), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:56 (eleven years ago) link

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