Trying too get 6 month old baby too CRAWL

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Hi i am needing some advice on how too get my son too crawl he is 6 months old , 7 months in 2 weeks i keep trying too get him too crawl he knows how too roll over etc ... everytime i try too get him too learn how too crawl he rather try too stand he wants too walk , but he needs too learn how too crawl first . Anyone have advice on how they got their kids too crawl

PLEASE HELP ME NOTHING I HAVE TRYED WORKS

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Merry - posted on 11/15/2010

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To teach my son, I would put him on his belly with his legs bent and pushed up against the couch or wall. So when he would stretch out his legs he would scoot forward. This peaked his interest in moving forward so he would try to bend his legs again to push. His feet usually were in the air so I'd put my hands on his feet and let him push off of my hand to scoot.
Then I'd put toys just out of reach and let him struggle a bit, if he got frustrated I'd help him scoot. Soon he was able to get on his hands and knees on his own but he could only scoot backwards or sideways, so I'd put toys right in front and guide his legs along and he soon was crawling forward!
Idk how long it took to teach him, but he was crawling by 6 months 2 weeks old!
And it was really impressive cuz he was the biggest chunkier I knew! He was 23lbs at 6 months but still managed to crawl!
Best of luck! It was really fun once he learned to crawl, he was so much happier as he wasn't frustrated to move. He was happier, and I was so proud. But then obviously I had to baby proof much more so he didn't get hurt!
But it was so worth it!
Btw he walked at 9 months 1 week so I think he really was benifited by crawling so he could keep developing.

Nadia - posted on 11/15/2010

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Sometimes babies don't actually learn to crawl. They skip right to walking. I know it sounds weird, but if you're really worried ask your doctor, or call a parenting help line. Every child is different, though.
My daughter is six months old in a week and she's moving around, but not crawling. She wriggles her hips, and would much rather stand up. Lol.

Amanda - posted on 11/14/2010

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He will learn on his own in his own time, I thought the same thing with my daughter and then just all of a sudden she started crawling and next thing i know its been a few weeks and she's trying to walk now. Just give him time, some babies take longer

Jolene - posted on 11/14/2010

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Both my brothers and i skipped crawling and went straight to walking - according to me mother i was 7 1/2 months when i took my first steps. on the other hand my neice was crawling at 5 months. Ur son will make the desision on what he wants to do. In my opinion you should encourage him in taking steps and help him walk

Christina - posted on 11/10/2010

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First, your son doesn't need to crawl first, that is a big mis conception. My two older kids never crawled and never showed an interest in crawling, however my youngest did and he started crawling when he was nine months old. Secondly, you need to stop pushing your son to crawl, he'll crawl when he's ready and he may not crawl at all. Just let him go at his own pace and when he is ready, he'll start to crawl or walk, depending on what he prefers!

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Proud - posted on 09/16/2011

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Let him do it in his own time. Most babies crawl between 6-10 months. My daughter was 9 months before she learned to crawl

Stephanie - posted on 11/19/2010

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My son stood up before he crawled. I was trying to teach mine as well with no luck. I just took a step back and embraced what he was doing. He doesnt have to crawl first. My son stood up at 6 1/2 months and two weeks later he crawled. trust me it will happen on his own time. have fun with him

Lyndsey - posted on 11/16/2010

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your son does not need to crawl first. if your baby wants to walk instead encourage them! neither of my children crawled and both walked at 9 months. there is no step- by step way to walk. kids do things their own way, and no matter what you do if they dont want to crawl they wont! if you really want to try and 'make' them crawl then invest in balls and toys they can chase, but dont expect miracles if your son wants to stand up instead of crawl, he will. :)

Amanda - posted on 11/14/2010

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He's still young, he will do it when hes ready. Just make sure he has tummy time everyday that way he can practice! But even if he never crawls there's nothing to be concerned about. Doctors don't even consider crawling a milestone, some babies just dont do it!

Rosalyn - posted on 11/14/2010

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my daughter did the same thing..all she wanted to do is stand up but you know what i kept her on the floor basically all day and guess what she now can crawl and is on the go can't stop her..when she would go to my mom's my mom would teach her how to crawl by moving her legs and arms while she was on the floor in crawling position

Nikki - posted on 11/14/2010

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Some children do skip crawling all together and they will crawl when they are ready. However, crawling is important to the child's fine motor, speech and feeding development. Although some children skip over crawling, it is important for a child to weight bear throughout his hands, arms, and shoulders to develop strength in the hands, shoulders,and back that will help in fine motor tasks, feeding, and speech. If the child perfers to walk before crawling, allow play time or "tummy time" on the floor with different toys to build the child's strength in their upper extremities.

Jessica - posted on 11/14/2010

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My doc told me that crawling is not a developmental milestone...in other words they don't have to crawl first. My son is 7 months old and he does the same thing, he'd rather stand. I believe it's just because they can't wait to walk so they don't even care to crawl. It's nothing to worry about. My doc says a lot of babies walk first then crawl.

Brooke - posted on 11/14/2010

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No worries, you'll be happy that he isn't yet , you don't have to chase him around lol my daughter is 7 months as well and wants to skip crawling.. She hates tummy time so I'm not sure what to do other than wait it out for when she is ready cause I know my life will change when she gets mobile! Lol

Jessica - posted on 11/13/2010

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My son never crawled he just tried to walk. You shouldn't worry that he doesn't crawl. All that matters is that he ends up walking.

Miranda - posted on 11/13/2010

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Like I'm sure most of the moms said, he will crawl when he is ready!!!! My older daughter started at 9 months and then walking along the furniture really well too then walking at 11 months alone!!! Now my daughter who is 9 months now has been crawling since 6 1/2 months and she is starting to get ready to walk. They all learn at their own pace...I thought my older daughter was going to crawl really fast because she did everything really fast but it took her a little longer!!!! And some babies will skip steps and crawl a little later because of not letting babies sleep on their bellies until they can roll over by themselves!!!!

Rosie - posted on 11/13/2010

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he'll crawl when he's ready! some babies don't even crawl and just start walking, lol! but seriously, i think the "average" age for crawling is 8 months, so you have nothing to worry about. he'll be fine. :)

Vixi - posted on 11/13/2010

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he is a baby not a machine!!! Stop rushing him he will grasp it in his own good time, then u will be wishing u could have him not crawling again lol! x

Lindie - posted on 11/13/2010

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Every child is different and starts doing different things at different times...i never pushed my children to do anything at any stage, my son craweld @ 9 months & walk on 13 my daughter didnt crawl she moved around on her bum and started walking just as she turned 1...my sisters daughter didnt crawl at all, she just stood up one day and walked @ 7 months!!!

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2010

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I understand how you feel completely with my first daughter at 7 months she was so frustrated with not being able to get to her toys and she was trying so hard but just couldn't get the crawling thing. Every baby is different and learns in their own time and like everyone said sometimes they skip crawling but you can certainly help and encourage them. My daughter was on her scooting and rolling the whole bit but completely frustrated so I started looking for ways to help her. I tried the typical place toys out of reach and encourage them which helps but for our daughter it was the addition of support. In my search for answers I came across an article or posting (wish I could find it but that was a few years ago now) that said you could help your children by putting soft round bolsters (like fun noodles for the pool under them to support them in the correct crawling position) well I didn't have anything lying around the house that would work so I just held her in position by lifting her torso while she formed her arms and knees. That is all you do it helps their muscles learn the correct form and helps strengthen them. Try doing that with her toys just within reach at first and then move them away. Do it for a few mins at a time but do it as often as you can with at least 10-15 min breaks. As long as they are comfortable you can keep the position. After a couple of days of doing that with my daughter she started sitting in form on her own and rocking back and forth on her knees. She crawled within a week of me helping her form. I hope this helps. There is really no way for me to know if she would have gotten it on her own in a week anyway but it is completely safe and is really just another form of encouragement. I feel like it helped at least. My second daughter is 6 months old now and is scooting and rocking and I am using the same forms of encouragement so I will let you know how it works with her. Please let me know how he progresses! Good luck.

Anais - posted on 11/13/2010

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Aww, don't worry! He doesn't have to crawl first. He might just be an early walker. My daughter crawled the first week she turned 6 months old. I don't know when my son will crawl yet; he's 4 months. I hear about a lot of babies skipping over crawling. If your doctor isn't concerned, I wouldn't be, either. He's be fine. =)

Catherine - posted on 11/12/2010

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Mydaughter will b nine mos in 2 days and she will get on her knees to crawl but will go right back down. she knows how to roll to a place to get where she wants but acts like she doesnt want to crawl.

Melissa - posted on 11/12/2010

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Why exactly does he need to crawl first? Because you want him to? Some children skip crawling all together. Don't worry!

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2010

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my daughter had a move & crawl ball we got her for xmas last year thats by vtech...that helped her roll over & crawl...bc u like barely touch it & it rolls out of their reach & then back in & out...also LOTS of tummy time too:)

Jade - posted on 11/12/2010

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Try not to rush your son. Some babies just skip over crawling and go straight to walking. That is normal. If you really want to try and get him to crawl try putting toys down just enough so that he can't reach them and encourge him to try and crawl to the toys.

Don't forget some babies just don't want to crawl. My daughter did not start crawling till late. I can't remember of the top of my head but I thought that she was behind because she was not crawling but her doctor told me not to worry and don't rush her; he told me to let her move at her own pass. He said that if he starts to get conserned he will let me know.. I hope that my comments will help you...

Good Luck!!

Jessie - posted on 11/12/2010

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he isn't going to until he wants to. my son didn't until after 9 months old. within a few days he was pulling up and within a week cruising. he was just taking his sweet time. trust me the longer they remain less mobile, the easier your life will be!

Cassandra - posted on 11/12/2010

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my son didnt like to crawl or be on his stomach at that age. he liked to stand. Give it time your son will crawl when he is ready. your son will do things when they are ready and even walking so just to let you know enjoy it while you can cause once he starts crawling hes going to get into everything. My son is one now and crawled at about 11 months so he is all over the place and into everything. it gets worse when they start walking.

Amy - posted on 11/12/2010

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There is nothing saying that he HAS to crawl first. My oldest son never crawled he just got up at 8 months and started walking. I wouldn't worry about it he is going to do whatever he is going to do when he is ready.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2010

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My son started to crawl around seven but he had two older cousins living with him so he waned to be with them. At nine months he had me help hiim walk him EVERYWHERE! But he diden't start to do it on his own until a few week before he turned 1. However my roomate's son just learned to crawl last month and now he's walking...so don't worry about it all babies are different and if you're pushing him too hard on this you might find you're pushing him too hard on other things later in life like potty training, talking, reading, ect. Don't let what you think society ecpects of your kid force you into forcing him.

Stevie - posted on 11/12/2010

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Relax...your child will crawl when he is ready. Why push him to meet your ideal timeline and not let it come naturally. My daughter is almost 11 months. She will take steps alone but if I try to hold her hand she sits right down...Its just the way they choose to approach things...he'll get there.

Eejayfauzana - posted on 11/12/2010

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yes. i agree some babies skip over their crawling and go straight to walking.

Chassidy - posted on 11/11/2010

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Its not to young to crawl. my daughter started crawling at 5 months. with that said it is not mandated that children crawl before they walk. my niece never crawled, she started walking at 9 months. my daughter pulled up before she crawled as well im sure it wont be long from now.

Sheleen - posted on 11/11/2010

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That seems a little young to me. Kids all go at their own speed and trying to force him will only make him not want to do it becaue he's trying to tell you he's not ready. Not saying that you shouldn't continue to try to encourage him and heko and show him but do not force him. Also like some others said, some babies skip it all together or learn how to do it even after learning how to walk. Each kid is unique putting a time limit or expectation that isn't realistic or that he's not ready for will only drive you crazy and him cranky!!! Good luck and keep tryin but don't force him in it. When he's ready you'll know. And trust me cherish the moments that he's not totally movable cause once he starts going, boys never seem to slow down! Mine just figured out how to climb onto the pool table all by himself tonight.

Alexis - posted on 11/11/2010

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Bare feet. Its harder for then to get a grip on their feet when their feet are covered by socks or sleepers.

Mary - posted on 11/11/2010

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He doesn't have to learn to crawl first. If he wants to stand let him stand. He knows what he wants. :) Just go with the flow and he'll be just wonderful!

But if you want him to learn to crawl first what really helps is being down there with him. Crawl around him. Show him how. Smile and clap when he tries. The more hands-on you are and the more attention he gets from it, the more he will want to do it. My daughter's both crawled at 4.5 months, but whenever its not nap time(this is what I do during nap time lol) , I'm always on the floor with them. :)

Lizzy - posted on 11/11/2010

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my baby is nearly 7months nd cant crawl my other baby never did crawl she just walked at 11months dont worry

Louise - posted on 11/11/2010

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Leave im be and let him learn at his own pace. Most babies need to be able to sit unsupported before they have the strength in their cores to crawl. My kids were 11 months and 8 months respectively when they sat up without support. The first crawled almost immediately at 11 months and the second continued to roll around the floor and shuffle and never crawled!!! The first child was 15 months when he walked unaided and the second was 17 months when he took his first unaided steps but he had been walking while pushing something since 14 months.

We had our first son at a child physio due to another issue when he was a baby and what they told us was that all kids are different and do things at their own pace but for their own sakes and their mental development they need to figure it out themselves!! You can use gentle encouragement but other than that its up to the little man.

I have to say that i know a lot of babies and i know of none that crawled at 6 months!! 1 at 7 and all the rest at 8 or 9 months

Shara - posted on 11/11/2010

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His age is RIGHT at the point where my daughter started crawling. She didn't really start even sitting up unsupported until at least midway through 6 months, and she started crawling a week later.
Now, at a week and a half into 7 months she's crawling EVERYWHERE (I've had to confine her to a playpin for most of the day to keep her away from the power strip :-( )
and she pulls herself up on nearly anything. She's not exactly cruising yet, but I could see that happening within the next week.
My point is though, babies develop at their own pace. Just because they're not in-line with what the textbooks say doesn't mean that anything is wrong with them. My daughter went from not even sitting up and just scooting on the floor to crawling and pulling herself up in 2 weeks.
No need to worry :-)

Hope - posted on 11/11/2010

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All babies learn at their own pace so I wouldn't bother rushing him. BUT I would highly recommend that if at all possible that you make sure he crawls before he walks. My little brother is now seven; he was WALKING at 9 1/2 months old. Everyone thought it was the greatest thing. But he never crawled. Now he is starting his 3rd year of kindergarten. He can't remember basic concepts. He has poorly developed fine motor skills, issues writting, and learning. The teacher ties it all back to where he never crawled. Since he never crawled he never built up the hand muscles he needed to write and perfect fine motor skills. He never spent much time on the floor exploring so he lacks the want to learn. His teacher said that the more and more babies are skipping this stage of learning the more and more teachers are noticing it in their development in school.
I'm not saying this is 100% true that all babies who skip the crawling are like this but there are many cases that back what his teacher has told us.
I now have a five month old who loves to stand and tries to "walk" but hates tummy time even if I'm on the floor with him but I really want to make sure he doesn't turn out like my lil brother.
Six months- your son still has a while to learn. Don't rush him-he'll learn at his own pace. They already grow up fast enough with out us.
Best of luck to you and your little one =)

Kimberly - posted on 11/10/2010

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not all children crawl, i bet some women have said that, some butt slide, or belly slide or just get up and walk. or just sit there and want you to get things for them. if your child will crawl he or she will do it eventually my son didnt start until 7.5-8 months for crawling then stood up around 9 . started walking on his birthday. all children are different. :)

BB - posted on 11/10/2010

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Hi, dont worry....he will crawl when he is ready, some kiddos do things before others some after.But if he's trying to stand ,let him...try saucers and jumping jimmys it will help his little leg muscles get stronger.You dont nessisarily need to crawl to walk. I didn't crawl until after I walked. I was already walking around like almost 1 1/2 and my mom said I drove my dad crazy b/c he wanted to get me to crawl around with him and play and I guess I gave him a funny face got up and walked away...lol My son, didn't crawl first either, he went from sitting and wiggling on his tummy to sitting and grasping things and pulling himself up, then to scoot walking. My older daughter crawled, she liked tummy time...but dont worry he'll get there.

Tiffany - posted on 11/10/2010

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My advice: don't try so much! My daughter liked standing too before crawling...she crawled at 8 1/2 months I believe, and then walked at 10 months. Some babies skip right over crawling. Every baby is different. Trust me...once your baby starts crawling and getting into everything, you'll wish he wasn't lol.

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2010

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just put a toy that you know he likes in front of him and when he reaches for it move it away so he has to move to get it. he will get it eventually or he will just say screw you and walk lol. my friends daughter sat up and crawled before she learned to roll over. so not every baby does certain things. i know its a pain when they want to skip a certain milestone. like with my son to get him to wlak we bribed him with cheese after he turned one. me and his father would stand on opposite sides of the room with cheese in our hand and he would have to walk to one of us and get his reward. it worked wonders. good luck. and if he doesnt want to crawl dont force it on him. he will eventually. i wanted my daughter to learn to roll over before she learened to sit and she just started that this week thankfully for my sanity lol. but i bet next week or so she will be sitting.

Trish - posted on 11/10/2010

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Get a bright coloured ball and put it in front of him. When he touches the ball and it rolls away from him he'll eventually inch his way to it. That's how my boy learnt how to crawl. My mum said crawling is good for babies, strengthen the knees. Hope this helps. But your lil man will crawl eventually. Just enjoy him.

Amanda - posted on 11/09/2010

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If he don`t want to crawl that his is choice. If he wants to walk then let him. Get him some good supported shoes and let him go. Not every baby crawls. My lil girl crawled for about a month or so then went to walking.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2010

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All I can say is keep encouraging him! Don't worry if he doesn't crawl right away though. He might not be ready yet OR he might just skip crawling altogether. My son didn't crawl until a week before he turned 8 months.

Jodi - posted on 11/09/2010

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My daughter crawled....very awkwardly for about 2 days and then went straight to walking...she was 9 months old. At 6 months they should be learning to sit up without any support, expecting him and trying to force him to crawl this early will only frustrate both of you. SOME babies MIGHT start crawling this early, but they're going to do it on their own, it isn't something you can force them to do, just guide. For now, I would keep up doing lots of tummy time and putting toys at a point where he has to reach for them and work on sitting up with no support...crawling will come in it's own time but not for a couple of months most likely.

Brianna - posted on 11/09/2010

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Hes pretty young to be crawling most babys crawl at 9 or 10 months of age.

Lisa - posted on 11/09/2010

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Crawling isn't something that all babies do . Like Liz mentioned some babies skip right over it. And if they do crawl some do it at 5 months, while others at 9 or 10 months. There's no set age that babies learn to crawl if they do it at all. My daughter is 6.5 months as well and she's really close to crawling..but I won't be concerned if it never happens. Crawling isn't a necessary milestone like sitting on their own or reaching for toys. I wouldn't worry that he isn't crawling yet. It's perfectly normal for it to never happen.

Laura - posted on 11/09/2010

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My oldest never really crawled. he did the little army scoot and that wasn't fast enough so he went right to running after he could stand up. :)

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2010

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I agree with the other moms. My son will be 7 months on the 15th and not quite crawling yet. He can get on all fours and he scoots everywhere. I won't push him. He just needs a little more time. My other son never really mastered crawling either. We worried about him. he used to do what we call the crab walk. But when he started walking at 13 months, he started running. I think you're just overreacting and he just needs a little time.

September - posted on 11/09/2010

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Actually some babies skip the crawling and go right on to walking. Babies don't HAVE to crawl first. I would suggest letting him do it on his own time. What's the rush anyhow?

Chrystal - posted on 11/09/2010

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I only have a 4 month old and this is my first so I am not that experienced with kids LOL. But from what I do understand babies learn on their own pace. You can't really force them to crawl, they just kind of start doing it on their own. Just make sure that your baby gets plenty of tummy time and just like how your baby started rolling over one day that's what he/she will do when they start crawling. It will just happen. Good luck:)

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JUST RELAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They get it when they're good and ready!

Heck, my son didn't SIT on his own until about 10/11 months! He crawled early, yes, but couldn't sit in a high chair until a yr old!

Just enjoy the time, it goes by too fast!

Adonna - posted on 11/09/2010

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most boys dont crip or crawl they just begin to walk give him time dont push thing let nature takes it course let him progress on his own.

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