Q&A: My 10-month-old is not very mobile. Should I worry?
I am concerned that my 10-month-old daughter is not interested in moving around. When she is sitting on her own and playing, she will not make the effort to reach for toys or, if they roll away, she won't make a fuss if the toy is gone. She'll make do with another neighboring toy.
She has not started to crawl nor is she interested in crawling. She is, however, standing with assistance and is even pulling herself up with assistance. While standing, she is still not interested in moving around. What can I do to encourage her to make the effort to be more mobile? Putting toys in front of her doesn't work.
Also, she has not learned to go from her back to front. Should I be concerned and what can I do to help her develop this skill?
There are three key factors that combine to allow normal development, and, when development isn’t normal, it’s often possible to pinpoint the problem to one of those three areas. They are: innate ability, temperament and environment.
What I cannot tell you, though, is if this is a reflection of her personality—some children are content with what they have and don’t reach hard for something else—or the skills of her muscles and nerves. It’s also possible that you may be describing an infant with weak upper body muscles.
You do need to know. My advice is to bring your daughter to her pediatrician, describe what she is and is not doing, and request a thorough developmental assessment. This will give you the information you really need to understand whether or not this is a problem.