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#1 Minnie80

Posted 14 December 2019 - 11:38 PM


My 10 month old daughter started bum shuffling this week. I am not surprised at all since she hated tummy time and generally doesn't like being on her stomach. But somebody today told me that bum shufflers are late walkers. When I think about it, I do have a friend whose daughter bum shuffled pnd ended up walking later then the usual 18 months. Is this a councidence. Or are bum shufflers really late walkers?

Edited by Minnie80, 15 December 2019 - 12:06 AM.

#2 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 14 December 2019 - 11:54 PM

2 bum shufflers. DS1 walked at 10 months, DS2 walked at 15 months.

#3 BusbyWilkes

Posted 15 December 2019 - 02:32 AM

I'm not sure about being late walkers, but IME they tend to not have great upper limb strength if they miss the crawling stage.

Does your DD still dislike being put on her tummy now? What does she do if you place her in this position? Do you have paediatric physiotherapists where you are, who you could ask for advice from?

#4 Luci

Posted 15 December 2019 - 07:21 AM

My 3 kids were all late walkers. 2 bum shuffled and the other 1 a crawler. Although the crawler did walk a bit earlier than the shufflers.

I have heard a few times that bum shufflers often walk later because it is much more difficult to pull up into a standing position if you are sitting on your bum than it is to stand up for a crawling position.

#5 WaitForMe

Posted 15 December 2019 - 07:32 AM

I had a bum shuffler, and yes she was a late walker. She also became a traditional crawler for a bit before finally walking.

However my eldest only did traditional crawling and she was also a late walker.

#6 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 15 December 2019 - 07:55 AM

In my mothers group the only bum shuffler was the last to walk at 16 months.

#7 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 15 December 2019 - 08:29 AM

My niece was a bum shuffler. She walked 9m.

My 3 were not bum shufflers. They all walked 16-19m.

#8 Cerridwen

Posted 15 December 2019 - 09:54 AM

My daughter was a bum shuffler. She walked at 15 months but she also had a club foot, had major surgery at 5 months and was in plaster for a lot of the time since birth.

#9 Popper

Posted 15 December 2019 - 10:44 AM

I had a bum shuffler who walked at 19 months. Gee I wish I hadn't wasted any energy worrying about it or listening to people tell me she had muscular issues. She was perfect as she was and I  should have just enjoyed the cute shuffle.

#10 kirtyw

Posted 15 December 2019 - 10:50 AM

I and my sister were bum shufflers and walked around 1.  DS1 crawled (hardly at all) walked at 14 months (just stood up and walked!).DS2 crawled hands and feet rather than knees (so cute!) was walking around 9 months, running at 10 and could be found up bookshelves by 11 months.

#11 Bam1

Posted 15 December 2019 - 12:06 PM

View PostLuci, on 15 December 2019 - 07:21 AM, said:

My 3 kids were all late walkers. 2 bum shuffled and the other 1 a crawler. Although the crawler did walk a bit earlier than the shufflers.

I have heard a few times that bum shufflers often walk later because it is much more difficult to pull up into a standing position if you are sitting on your bum than it is to stand up for a crawling position.

I have also heard they have less motivation to go to a standing position as they have a better view of the world than crawlers.  Can’t confirm from personal  experience, none of mine crawled or bum shuffled they just went from pull themselves up to running at 8-9 months.

#12 notsoretro

Posted 15 December 2019 - 12:46 PM

My first 2 were walking by their first birthday.  The youngest bum shuffled, mostly one leg at a time but if he was in a hurry both legs at once.  At 15.5 months he got up and ran, no crawling at all.

#13 PoolsideMasterchef

Posted 15 December 2019 - 12:59 PM

If it helps with tummy time, try doing it across your lap, or if you lie back watching tv or something lie them across your body can help.

#14 SM3s Fight Song

Posted 15 December 2019 - 03:11 PM

Ds1 was a bum shuffler, he could go really fast that way. Walked around 13/14 months. He does still struggle with crossing the midline which I think crawling might help with. He hated putting weight on his feet at 10ish months, we saw a physio for thar but they couldn't fund any cause, was probably just sensory.

#15 Nasty Bunsen

Posted 15 December 2019 - 03:35 PM

DS was an expert crawler, he was so fast and agile he didn’t feel the need to upgrade so didn’t walk til 16 months.

DD was a bum shuffler and walked at 10 months.

No perceivable differences between them once they were up and running.

#16 lozoodle

Posted 16 December 2019 - 03:36 PM

DIdn't bum shuffle until 11 months, didn't really crawl properly ever. Walked at 13 months.

Going on 11 now, no issues :)

#17 redchick

Posted 09 January 2020 - 04:53 AM

Mum says I was a bum shuffler, then walker at around 12 months. Apparently I learned to crawl after I learned to walk because I wanted to get toys that were under a table. Hasn’t caused me any problems. My younger brother was slower to crawl and walk but mum reckons that is because he would point at something and I would get it for him! My boys were similar :yes:

#18 Lallalla

Posted 09 January 2020 - 07:38 AM

DD started bum shuffling at 9-10 months but was crawling properly by 11 months. She didn’t walk till 3 days shy of 18 months, I would argue that had more to do with confidence than muscle tone/balance.

I also have a kid who walked at 11 months and 1 who walked at 15 months (though she is another kettle of fish as she actually was delayed by serious illness). So I’ve done all points on the “Normal” spectrum.

They’re all fine, the late walked is now 5.5, totally normal kid, I couldn’t tell you what age the other kids in her class started walking. My sisters and I all also walked after 18 months and the kids paternal grandmother not till 21 months. We are all functioning healthy adults and it had 0 impact on us growing up.

#19 Kafkaesque

Posted 09 January 2020 - 12:08 PM

I had a bum shuffler but she walked at 10 months.

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