Any tips on teaching my 8.5 month old to crawl??

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Vanessa - posted on 08/06/2009

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Hi my mom told me this one. maybe it will help you.try to put him on his belly and put a towel around he's belly and pull him sligtly up from behind (the open ends of your towel must be in your hand and center must be on his tummy)so that you can help him suport his weight then help him slowly to move forward. it wil help to do this every day.

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Amenda - posted on 02/28/2014

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Some babies skip crawling phase, but they learn to sit, stand and walk. My nephew stated to crawl very late (11 mos) and then immediately started to walk.

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My first child started rolling over first before crawling. He used to end up over by the living room window. He did eventually start crawling, sometimes putting a favourite toy if they have any nearby but out of reach to see if that will help.

Andrea - posted on 08/01/2009

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Some babies don't like to crawl. Some start pushing themselves backwards for like a month between 8 and 10 months and shortly after they stand up and start walking and skip the crawling.

Aurora - posted on 07/29/2009

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Erinn, every child is different. All 3 of my kids were given tummy time with toys. My 9 year old crawled but took off walking by 8 1/2 months. My now 7 ear old scooted on her butt backwards and if at all barely crawled she was walking by 1. My 2 year would scoot everywhere on her butt and didn't crawl but all of a sudden by age 1 as well.

Becky - posted on 07/27/2009

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When my daughter was 8.5 months old, I got nervous too that she wouldn't crawl. So, I just showed her how. She caught on within about 10 minutes. And by the next day she was crawling all over the house!

Heather - posted on 07/25/2009

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Both my boys have been very slow to get moving. So long as they have the opportunity to learn that's really all you can do and if they're not ready yet it doesn't matter what you do! I thought my second might be quicker but he's nearly 11 months and has only just started commando crawling - at exactly the same age as his older brother did.

Nicole - posted on 07/25/2009

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don't rush it my baby was the oldest baby in our mothers group and she is the last one to crawl and walk and i was worried but you just have to let them do it on their own it's not worth it. all i want now is for her to be a baby again

Amanda - posted on 07/25/2009

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My daughter was a slow crawler at 10 months my brother bought a butterfly I think it's Fisher Price and it encourages crawling. It rolls away playing music if you hit it, it rolls again. Make sure that the baby is ready though, if your child crawls later than others maybe he/she will have other strengths. My daughter is now 18 months old and can recognize parts of the body that my cousin 11weeks older than her can't do but he was crawling and walking very early. Everyone has their own strengths

Bonnie - posted on 07/25/2009

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I had my son on his tummy all the time when he was 1 month old+. The physicians at the hospital recommended it to strengthen his neck muscles. He was one month premature, and now he's 4 months old, and trying to crawl. All babies are different. Mine is an early bloomer. Yours might just need time, or maybe your baby will skip crawling and take some steps first. My husband used to crawl backward (like the crab walk) until he learned to walk. My son does that too.

Lydia - posted on 07/25/2009

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heheh - we have done the putting toys out of reach and plenty of tummy time. I also get my neice to crawl around on the floor the "show her how to do it". Dunno if it makes much of a difference but its very cute to see:)

Christine - posted on 07/25/2009

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some children never seem to feel the need to crawl. My daughter frustrated me in that she never did, she simply rolled wherever she was headed only to be stopped by the furniture she eventually ran into! I was told by our pediatrician to simply protect her from injury and wait. Although this seemed horrible advice at the time, she was correct, and April simply pulled herself up by the sofa and took seven steps the first time - she was 10 months old that day. She never did crawl. Maybe your little one is happy enough with mobility at the moment that crawling isn't important to them. Just watch for that first step!

Melanie - posted on 07/24/2009

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Erin my daughter just turned 9 mths yesterday and she doesn't crawl either and because she has special needs I have professionals working with her and we have come to the conclusion she may not crawl she may just go into walking and then figure the crawling thing out.Some babies don't crawl first your daughter will be fine.Hope this gives you encouragment.

Claire - posted on 07/24/2009

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My son rolled, army crawled and pulled himself up at before he crawled and that happened at 13 months. He went on to walking at 16.5 months. I gave my son loads of tummy time but it didnt seem to make much difference, he was just not ready to crawl.

Peggy - posted on 07/24/2009

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There are thing you can do to help your baby develope before crawling. You can do it by yourself or with a partner. Placing your baby on his back. do legs first, then arms. Sing a silly song and to the rhythm of the song have his ankles in your hands and gently push one leg so the knee bends toward his tummy and pull the other leg straight. If you have heard the term of cross crawling, that is what you are doing for him. Do it through several times to a song them do the same type of movement with the arms, one arm pull straight over his head and the other arm goes down toward his tummy. I wish I had a video of this. If you have a partner who can do the arms while you do the legs you do it with the opposite arm and leg almost touching while the other side ofthe body is straight.

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Yeah, don't teach them, once they start crawling its all over. They get into everything. 8 mths my sat up and stayed it was pure Heaven. Good luck!!

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Erinn.... don't be in a rush... enjoy her not crawling into everything. Tummy time builds their strength in there arms so they can crawl...but enjoy her while she is not so mobile. She will learn on her own..it is nothing you have to teach. Don't rush walking either... I hear the longer they crawl, the better readers they become....

My 1 son crawled at 6 months the other son 7 months...both didn't walk until 13 months.

Sarah - posted on 07/24/2009

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my son commando crawled at 10 months and properly crawled at 1 so i woudnt stress

Lauren - posted on 07/23/2009

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my son was a year wen he lured to crawl. and he was tough by a rottweiler but what he did could work for you too. i used to lay him dawn for "tummy time" and ceaser(the dog) would lay on his tummy and go nose to nose with him and every time he would grab for him he would scooch back and after a cupple trys he was crawling

Dorothy - posted on 07/23/2009

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My great grand daughter started crawling at 5 mo. and was going up the stairs at 6 mo.

none of my kids started that young.

Sophie - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hey my son was 7 months when he started crawling, i just kept putting him down on the floor and letting him play. He was rolling over between 4-5 months and trying to crawl by wiggling backwards and swinging his body around.

Nancy - posted on 07/23/2009

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tummy time is always great with toys! my son who is now 2 started crawling at 5.5 months and then walking at 9 months.....he really wanted to go, my 7 month old twin girls are not crawling yet but they eventually will, there is no rush, they are only babies for so long and once they start crawling look out!!!!!

Roxanne - posted on 07/23/2009

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I agree that not all babies crawl. My son, who is now 18 months old, didn't crawl until he was nearing 10 months. He started walking 2 weeks after he was crawling. At about 7 or 8 months he began to stand and would use all of the furniture in my house to hold on to and make his way around. I guess he figured out that he really didn't need to crawl lol. Don't worry, your little one will be mobile before you know it.

Rachel - posted on 07/22/2009

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ok my daughter is only 6 months and crawling already haha she was just very determined to get into trouble lol...i think it all just depends on the child...the only thing you can really do is make sure they have plenty of opportunity...lots of tummy time...and don't just put the toys in their reach...put them out of reach...so they want to work to get them....but beware once they start crawling there is no going back haha...every child is different and when it shes ready shell start crawling there is no need to really force the issue

Sye - posted on 07/22/2009

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I just taught my grandbaby how to crawl.I put toys in front of him and keep him on the floor to have tummy time.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/22/2009

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There really isn't anything you can do except give your baby plenty of tummy time so he/she has an opportunity to try. My son didn't crawl until 9.5 months and he was considered within normal range. He walked just after his 1st birthday. I tried everything from getting down on all fours to show him or moving his legs and arms so he understood how to do it. None of that made a difference. He did it when HE was ready. Put toys just out of reach and encourage your baby to try to move to get them.

Annabel - posted on 07/22/2009

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My eldest never crawled. At about 9 1/2 months she started walking and that was it!!! My other 2 both crawled ... so it think it's totally up to the child themselves.

Jesica - posted on 07/21/2009

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my daughter always had tummy time and still didnt want to crawl. so by the time she was 8 or 9 months old my fiance and i helped her. i took the arms and he took the legs and we imitated her crawling and after 2 or 3 days she was crawling on her own and everywhere.

Abbie - posted on 07/21/2009

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I would take your baby to hang out with other babies that crawl. So if there is an infant group or something, but also they will do it when they are ready.

Dusty - posted on 07/21/2009

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Just enjoy every minute of them, they'll do it before ya know it and be all grown and you'll someday wish they could only crawl.

Suzi - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Erin

I am in the same boat with my daughter who is 8months old - hates tummy time and I would love her to crawl - she pretty much just sits, no signs of crawling or even moving! I am just trying to give her more and more tummy time so I'm with you! Good Luck!

Jamie - posted on 07/21/2009

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My oldest was almost 11 months when he started and my youngest was bout the same. They will whe they are ready, don't rush it because then you will be doing alot more worrying and chasing.

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2009

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My oldest daughter had no interest in crawling at all. She walked at about 10 months. She only started to crawl after she had mastered walking. Other than Tummy Time, it is really up to them on when they reach mobility!

Kelley - posted on 07/21/2009

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oh and even if the baby starts fussing I always want to run to her but don't cuz it's just cuz she's frusterated about not being able to do what she wants to do!

Kelley - posted on 07/21/2009

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Tummy time as often as possible. My daughter just turned 6 months and she's goin and goin! Even tho I wanted to hold her all the time from the time she was about a week old I gave her a little tummy time every day and once she started getting older I started giving more and more tummy time everyday and now she is a very idependent little girl!

Sara - posted on 07/21/2009

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It took my son almost 10 months to figure it out (my daughter was crawling before 6 months.) Just give him the opportunity often, and put toys just out of reach. My son could do the military crawl/drag pretty quickly, so I think he just didn't feel the need to get up on those hands and knees. But he was so proud and happy once he figured it out. Now he's just about to walk - we're up to about 8 wobbly steps at a time - and he's 14 months old. Guess he's just on the "later" end of the average ages.

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