Should I be worried that my baby isn't crawling? Milestones

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Each baby develops at his or her own pace, and babies reach motor-development milestones at different times. If your baby isn't crawling yet, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician, and check out these experts' and moms' tips for helping baby get moving.

Not All Babies Crawl at All

"You do not have to 'crawl before you walk,' as the old adage says. Many babies scoot on their butt or army crawl. Many go from sitting to pulling to standing to cruising along furniture and to walking. Walking is the ultimate goal and however the child chooses to get there is fine." -- Brian Orr, MD, Brian Orr Pediatrics, Gloucester, MA

Place Him on His Stomach

"If he tries to crawl, help him by guiding his legs and by holding his ankles. That is what the physical therapist had me do, and now my son is 10 months and is all over the place."

Encourage Him to Play

"Keep putting toys in front of him, and he will try to reach for them. Also, keep doing stretch exercises. He'll get there eventually."

Every Baby Is Different

"My older daughter crawled early, but our second was born early and is developmentally one month behind other babies her age."

If You're Worried, See a Specialist

"No one knows your child better than you. It's better to have it looked into and be told you are wrong than to ignore it and find out later that there was something wrong."

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