Crawling and Playmates for my 8 month old Daughter

Karen - posted on 09/22/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My Daughter is 8 months old, and a bit of a cry baby. She will not try to crawl, so I have to carry her around the house. She hasn't been around any other babies her age, but I think a playmate will help. How do I get her to start crawling?

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Lady Heather - posted on 09/22/2011

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Just so you know - it might not work. My daughter was also a bum scooter (although she didn't start that until just before a year old) and didn't learn to crawl until 17 months. She had tons of little "friends". I took her to play groups. We went to the library baby time. My friends came over to the house with their babies. The other kids learned to crawl and mine just sat there. The other kids learned to walk and mine learned to scoot.

You don't get a baby to start crawling. You wait for it to happen. If they aren't moving in any way by a year you talk to your doctor about it.

I hope it works out for you because I know it is stressful to see your kid behind the others in major development. Yours is still well in normal range though so don't worry too much!

Jenny - posted on 09/22/2011

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They cry because they are frustrated. But that's okay. I used to give my 4month old tummy time twice a day everyday, didnt matter if she cried. I would try to distract her with toys and getting down to her level, but I would never pick her up. First I did this for 2 minutes at a time, then increased it to 5, and I tell you by 6-7months she had worked it out. At 5 months she used to use one arm to spin around to get to toys :) She started loving tummy time :)

My first boy never crawled, just went straight to walking. I found that enforcing tummy time from a young age made the difference for my daughter.

Good luck!

Amy - posted on 09/22/2011

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No seperation anxiety is when baby knows you still exist even when you're out of sight. Playing games like peek a boo will help baby overcome this. Another thing you can do is leave the room and return within a couple seconds that reinforced that you will return. At 8 months old a baby isn't going to "play" with another child, they may do there own thing while in the same vicinity but there interaction with one another will be limited. With my oldest we did a music and movement together class to get our son around kids his own age but he was 2, our local library does a baby garten class for birth to two that had time for our daughter to spend time with kids her age. If you want to get out of the house, like Katherine said try meet-up.com.

Amy - posted on 09/22/2011

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My daughter didn't crawl till 14 months old and then the next day started walking. She was a butt scooter.....

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Karen - posted on 09/22/2011

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I can see how that would come to be. Have you found that playing with other babies will help this seperation anxiety?

Amy - posted on 09/22/2011

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My daughter hated tummy time too I didn't even bother with it. I just say her up and that was her mode of transport. I would also like to add she is about the age where seperation anxiety makes an appearance which could be the reason she is acting like a "cry baby" unless you're carrying her although I wouldn't necessarily call it that.

Karen - posted on 09/22/2011

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My Daughter doesn't even do that. when I lay her on her tummy she just cries.... And I don't know what else to do

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