how do you get a 7 month old to crawl?

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Vanessa - posted on 03/26/2013

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My son is 7 months & doesn't crawl yet! I don't put him on the ground because our home is cement & don't want him to hit the floor. Is their anything I can do to help him start to crawl?!

Joanna - posted on 10/21/2009

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they'll crawl in their own time! My daughter started at 4 1/2 months, which was way too early for me, but just right for her I guess. She had lots of tummy time from day 1, and when I noticed she was trying to crawl I would put toys in front of her, just a little bit out of her reach, then further and further away.

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All children develop at their own pace. My son didn't crawl until 7 months, he used to roll round the room. Then he took ages to pull himself onto his feet but now there's no stopping him. Also not all babies crawl, me and my sister were bottom shufflers. I walked at 9 1/2 months and my sister did not walk until 18 months so be patient. If you really are concerned about your babies development speak to your health visitor or doctor.

Christy - posted on 10/23/2009

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Give him or her lots of tummy time on the floor, they'll come around when there good and ready. Both my boys were walking at 9 mo..and I think they both practically skipped crawling. Maybe crawled for a week or so. Relax and enjoy the fact there not crawling while you can!! lol.

Alisa - posted on 10/22/2009

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Well, I'm an old fashioned mom, but here's what I've learned. I've got two kids of my own, and have been working in child care for over 20 yrs. Back in the day before the SIDS scare came along, you could put kids on their tummies to sleep, therefore most babies crawled around 6 mos. Well, after the big scare with SIDS they wanted every one to lay babies on their backs, I started noticing the babies wouldn't start crawling until the later mos. This and the fact that each child has their own pace, has everything to do with it.I will tell you that babies have different strengths in their personalities that is a major benefactor. There are babies who are more vocal, more physical, more emotional, and then you have the thinkers, and they seem just content to watch, but as they watch every vital piece of info is going to a storage area, as they watch, they learn what to do and what not to do. They all will eventually do things at their own pace, but if they rather say "goo goo, ga ga" you know that they would rather be talking than walking...lol...but you get the idea.

Lydia - posted on 10/22/2009

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give them time! In the meantime play with them to build up the muscles so that they can do it when they are ready to :)

Krisanne - posted on 10/22/2009

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you don't get them to do anything they will do things when they are ready. to encourage early crawling is opning up more trouble than you need. My daughter could not be bothered to crawl until 13 months and my boys crawled at 9 months my boys were into everything and did not quite understand "don't touch" until later my daughter was a little more understanding and made my life easier. As a parent you look for anything to do with children that will make things easier the less stress the better the kids.

Cara - posted on 10/22/2009

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well this is a lil silly but it worked with my youngest kid get a lollie pop and rub it across the babys lips and mouth let the baby get a good lick on it and hold the lollie pop to where the child can see it and if the baby likes it the baby will try to get to it to get more that is how my son learned to crawl

Mary Moalo Tu'ifua - posted on 10/21/2009

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Post a reply! Do'nt try just let him be he might be a slow crawler or walker so let him be, In the mean time you can lay him on his tummy alot and then just watch he might roll or slide but what ever it is just let him be.

I hope this advice can help I have a son and daughter that walked/ran at 10mths so they crawled at 5mths and then I had a son and daughter that crawled after 8mths and not walking untill after 1yrs old. Let it all be natural....

Aniesha - posted on 10/21/2009

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I used to crawl around in front of my bub, but he'd just stare at me like "what the hell is wrong with you Mum?" lol. In the end he was almost 9 months before he started. Some take longer than others is all.

Wendi - posted on 10/21/2009

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It's normal for a child not to crawl until around 9 or 10 months of age. Be sure to give your child plenty of tummy time so he can move his arms and legs and begin pushing himself up on his hands. There is no need to worry about him not crawling unless he hasn't reached other milestones like sitting up and rolling over. Has he commando crawled? Some children will begin with this, or even roll or scoot to where they want to go first. Has he had any problems since birth that have concerned you about crawling?

Jacki - posted on 10/21/2009

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You cannot force them to crawl, some babies skip that step and go straight to walking. One thing you can do to try and get them motivated is by putting them on their tummy and laying a toy just out of reach. If you can stand the crying then they might start inching, then crawling.

Claire - posted on 10/21/2009

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Unfortunatly they will do it when they are ready, My little girl has been crawling for 3 weeks now, she has just turned 7 months. There is no stopping her now, cant keep her under control, each baby is different

Bobbi - posted on 10/21/2009

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Every kid does everything at their own pace, if you are concerned about developmental progress ask your doctor. One thing you can do is put him on the floor on his stomach with toys around him and stay a little ways away and try talking to him to encourage him to crawl to you, even take a toy and try to tempt him into crawling to it, even crawl around on the floor so he can see you doing it because they like to mimic, my sister learned to crawl this way, she watched my grandmas dog and started crawling.

Joline - posted on 10/21/2009

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I put my son on top of a ball and coached him on kicking his legs, then we went to Wal-Mart and got a blow up toy designed to help.

Jackie - posted on 10/21/2009

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Babies crawl when THEY are ready, and then the real fun starts . Everything on the ground goes into their mouth and they are never clean , so don't be in a hurry. They usually start going backwards before they go frontways, get them used to being on the ground and put things they want a small distance from them, eventually they get the hang of it. My granddaughter started crawling on sunday and she is 8 and a half months old. Relax ......but boy will you clap when baby takes off .......jackie xx

Mikayla - posted on 10/21/2009

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you cant force them, they will do it in there own time, may not even be till there over one.... but you can help by having lots of tummy time and holding things just out of reach, but let them have it after a shot while even if they havent crawled to it or they may get bored or frustrated and will give up. but dont get upset if they dont crawl anythime soon, dont rush these things youll soon wish they would keep still just for 5 mins!

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babies crawl when they want to - I had the same frustration, mine was rocking on his knees from 6 months but wouldn't crawl, at 9 months he was doing a SAS style wriggle that moved him along then got bored with crawling took up crusing along the furniture, usually after the tv remote or a mobile phone...., and is now walking at 10 months! So perhaps yours like mine is just not into crawling!! Whatever happens they do what they want when they want and we love them just the same..:-)

Amelia - posted on 10/21/2009

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NOOO!!!! you don't want him to crawl, next comes walking then running. I wanted my son to crawl and walk so bad now i totally miss when he wasn't so mobile. all he wants to do is get down and walk when i take him out and he will not hold my hand. he is 10 months old, started walking at 8 months, didn't crawl until 7 1/2 months, it happened all too fast.

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let them crawl when they are ready. My son didn't crawl till 9 mo. Now he is a normal 4 year old with above average intelligence. There is no set time for them to reach milestones. I wish someone had told me that when mine was still a baby.

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In all honesty, most babies are self-determined. By that I mean, you can't really MAKE them do anything they don't want to do. What you CAN do is encourage the child to crawl by placing enticing toys just slightly out of reach. This encourages her to reach and stretch and make those kind of movements which could lead to more desire to crawl. However, all babies will crawl in their own time. Is your baby able to hold its head up easily? Is your baby curious about the things about him or her? My daughter didn't start crawling until she was eight or nine months but never fear, she still walked at about a year. Your pediatrician should be able to guide you as to what is age and developmentally appropriate for YOUR baby. Anything else is just a guideline and your baby will let you know what he or she needs. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 10/21/2009

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Your baby will crawl when he or she is ready. don't push it. My youngest daughter didn't crawl until she was about 10 months and my oldest started around 6 months. Every baby is different.

Firebird - posted on 10/21/2009

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They kind of just do it on their own.... mine didn't crawl until she was 8 months, maybe yours just isn't quite ready for it. You could try setting him/her on her hands and knees and then crawling around on the floor to show how it's done. That might spark some interest.

Emilie - posted on 10/21/2009

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You simply wait for them to crawl!=) Kids do things at their own pace, you know? I used to try to get my son to crawl by letting him support his upper body and kind of turning his hips under him to get him in the right position...but I dont think that changed anything. Every munchkin has their own pace I think=)

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