What activites can I do to help my 6 month old crawl?

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My daughter is going to be six months and she has strong back. She can sit up on her own and even hold her head up for a long peroid of time while she's on her stomach. My questions is what other activites (besdies simming and letting her sit up on her own) could I help her crawl? I am just a little worried that she won't know how to do it without a little help from me. Thanks in advance for all your input!!

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Nikki - posted on 02/05/2010

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they will do it when they are ready and I really don't think you need to teach her. My son hated tummy time he would scream th the top of his lungs, so we never pushed it , when he was ready which was at about 6.5 months he rolled onto his tummy and then a few days later he was army crawling and now at 7.5 months he is cruising the furniture without me teaching him anything, babies learn on thier own and when they are ready...... and trust me enjoy every second that she is not crawling because once she figures it out you will never stop i am all over the place 24/7 i miss the days where he would just sit with me !!!!!

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:-D Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone!!! Your postings were very helpful and basically I just need her to enjoy her as she is and watch her develop on her on. Haha, this whole motherhood thing is really funny at times. I am going to enjoy her as she is and hopefully when her daddy comes home for R&R she'll be crawling and maybe even trying to pull up to walk. Thank you again!!!

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J - posted on 09/20/2013

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Lol.. I have a daughter that has turned 6 mnths today. She does this thing as if she is planking; it is hilarious! She is also getting up on her knees and flipping like an acrobat. I know it will not be long before she is all over the place.:))

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Yes, enjoy her! As everyone has said, she's get round to it when she's ready! Play with her and interact with her. Babies turn us all into worriers, don't they?

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Well, my daughter has always needed help crawling but that is also because she has very low muscle tone form having Down syndrome (she just started crawling at 3 years). Of course it will happen much sooner for you, but in physical therapy, I learned many ways to strengthen the core to help with this. You can bounce your baby on a large ball to increase muscle control, give them plenty of tummy time, buy them toys that move so your baby has to move with them, put them in a crawling position and move their legs yourself to give them the idea, etc. Hope this helps!

Tanya - posted on 02/05/2010

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don't worry she like to be independent, just sit back and enjoy every moment, take pictures, video tape, they grow pretty fast so don't miss out on anything.

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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In two months you will be asking how do you get your daugther to slow down. Let children learn on their own, they will be happier, and learn faster because they are ready.

Shelia - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Shaquoia, I think you should let her learn naturally. Some babies don't crawl much at all. Only one of my daughters crawled a lot. Sometimes helping to exercise their legs and arms helps make them even more stronger and more willing to let loose. Good Luck!

Kari - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yeah my daughter sat up for a while until she started crawling, I wanted her to crawl so bad I'd get in front of her and crawl around on the floor and around her. But she'd just sit and laugh. I also had a Pooh that crawled and asked baby to follow him and a little butterfly that would "fly" around and the baby is supposed to start crawling after them but my daughter never had the desire to crawl after them. She did the whole army crawl thing at first which was kinda funny since my husband is in the army then a few days before he came home from Iraq she started regular crawling. It might help to get toys that they're supposed to crawl for but for the most part she'll have to figure it out on her own and on her own time!

Yuki - posted on 02/05/2010

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I concur with everyone else. Both my kids were sitting for a while before they tried crawling. But with a daughter, it will help if you don't dress her in dresses. My daughter had a hard time because her knees kept getting caught in the skirt. Putting something tempting a few feet away, like a favorite toy, can help with motivation. Otherwise, just relax and be glad she's not pulling things out of your kitchen drawers for now.

Sylvia - posted on 02/05/2010

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Don't worry! Babies crawl when they're ready :) If everything else is normal (which it sounds like it is), there's no reason to think she needs extra help to learn to crawl. Or maybe she won't crawl, but will scootch or creep instead, which is also fine.

Jill - posted on 02/05/2010

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When babies see something they want, they'll crawl. They need no help. Just time and incentive. My first daughter went backwards and got stuck half way under the couch a few times! Once they're mobile you never know where they will end up. Relax and enjoy! :)

Dawn - posted on 02/05/2010

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I wouldn't worry about her not learning it; it will happen, but I don't see anything wrong with helping her either. We got a few balls for my son around that age and he quickly started going after them....it was fun game for us to share together!! You can also try putting her toys out of her reach just a little, so she has to reach for them....move them a little further each time. Once she starts crawling, get a tunnel....it may take her a little while to get use to it, but once she discovers the fun of it, she won't get enough!! My son is walking everywhere now but will crawl for his tunnel!!!

Corinne - posted on 02/05/2010

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I would just let her take her time. My son is 7 months and is almost crawling but refuses to sit up! They all do it on there own time!

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