P.S Hope you are enjoying your little boy anyway.
Terri, NSW, 8 mth baby
My son is just going 6mths now and is almost rolling. The top leg wiggles a lot and sort of rolls onto his belly but one of his arms always gets in the way. We put his toys just out of reach and sometimes he perseveres until he gets it, but not always. We do try and get him that excited about his toys that he tries to reach out for it and then we put it down just out of reach to try and encourage him to keep going for it. Sometimes it works. We figure he will get there eventually as long as we persevere with it and keep encouraging him. But like someone else said. He is developing other skills much faster and this one will eventually get there. He is always trying to sit up and can pretty much sit there with minimal support from us and stands holding onto your hands or shirt, etc for minutes at a time. So maybe they just won't crawl for long as they are already getting their balance and strength elsewhere. Anyway, it'll happen.
It was a relief to hear he's not abnormal which my clinic sister had made me believe....maybe its time for a new clinic sister. After reading your replies it made sense and yes he is developing in other ways. He likes to sit with minimal support and and to stand while holding on to me. I have just found out from my mother-in-law that my husband never crawled but preferred to get around by sliding on his bum and did this for the best part of 2 years then one day got up and walked.
Thankyou once again.
I've also got a clinic sister who feels babies should all reach the same milestones at the same times! My son is 8mths old and also doesn't roll much - he can go from front to back but only cos he doesn't like being on his tummy - which makes it difficult at tummy time cos he keeps rolling onto his back and stays there! He's happy sitting and playing and hates being in any other position. Reece is also not fussed with food - which is frustrating for me. He'll eat about 60% of the time food is offered - when he doesn't want it he'll just shut his mouth and hum to himself. If only they came with manuals!
Having said that though - I think the clinic sister might have been a bit overdramatic. I was at a group the other day where a woman asked exactly the same question as you and the baby had has loads of tummy time and the clinic nurse just said - HE NEEDS MORE TUMMY TIME!
I felt like jumping across the room and strangling her - luckily I have excellent self-control. That kind of advice does nothing to allay fears and quite frankly its just not helpful.
Is your baby healthy and happy? If the answer's yes then there probably isn't anything wrong at the moment!
On a side note - I was reading a rather controversial little piece which says that because we now sleep our babies on our backs their gross motor development is slowed down. (That is, slow to roll, slow to crawl, lack of hand-eye coordination etc). It is interesting that something that we do for our baby's health might actually be harming them in other ways... (Although, I'd prefer a baby with slower development than a dead one) *sigh* so much conflicting advice - how are we to know what to do!
Hannah (3 yrs) and Harry's (born 22/7) Mum! QLD
I have been following this topic with some interest because my daughter was not going to roll for anyone! Then suddenly at eight months, she started barrell rolling all over the place, two weeks later she could sit herself up from lying down and now (9 months) she is crawling.
Obviously she just couldn't be bothered before and then she was making up for lost time.
Hang in there, they will do it when they are good and ready and not before! smile
Summer, VIC, 7month old daughter (Eden)
My son is 7 1/2 months old, he will occasionally roll from front to back & back to front. But not everyday. I also give him lots of tummy time and put all his toys out of reach to try to encourage him. I have spoke to a few other mum's/friends and they told me that not all of there babies had rolled/
Michelle, mum to Corey 14/3/03 - Bankstown