How can you encourage a baby to crawl?

Casie - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




My lil girl is 7 months old and she is more interested in walking everywhere than to be on her belly and try to crawl. She hates it and cries after a few minutes. She holds herself up but she cant get the legs underneath her at all and when i try and help its useless. I know that all babies need to learn how to crawl in order for them later on in life as it is a vital learning curve. Please help!!!


Laura - posted on 11/28/2010




At the risk contradicting the experts, I say don't worry about. I respectfully disagree that it is a skill that all babies need to know first before walking. My daughter pretty much skipped the whole crawling "learning curve" and went straight for cruising/walking. She, too, hated being in that crawling position and opted for standing/walking. She eventually learned that skill, but it was somewhat retroactive--she was walking with aid at the same time she finally learned to crawl on her own. My husband and I even had verbal cues of "Run, run, run!" where she would then lift her one leg and put it down repeatedly as fast as she could. She thought that was funny because it always made her laugh, as it did us! IMO, your daughter is on her way to being ahead of her peers on the learning curve: My daughter was tested as "gifted/talented" for school and has, in essence, skipped a grade. She is also athletic, playing an impressive second base in softball. She is not ADD/ADHD/autistic, nor has any other behavioral issues. She is a well-balanced, quite extraordinary (IMO, I realize that's a biased statement!) young lady of 12 who never followed the standard growth patterns/milestones set for infants. She was always skipping steps or gaining skills early.

Your baby is 7 months old and still young. Be patient--she will learn the skill on her own time! In the meantime, if she likes standing up, let her! Make up your own "Run" game and play it with her. She will eventually get to crawling, but she seems interested in skipping that skill step at the moment. She's learning at her speed and it seems like she's got a quick mind so encourage it!

Finally, you can encourage crawling mobility in your daughter with an incentive. Find some object that she REALLY likes; it could be a favorite toy, a favorite food treat, as examples. With my daughter it was a shiny CD on the floor! Place the object of interest a foot or two in front of her, just out of arm's reach. Allow her to get into a crawl position--if you have to get her into the position yourself, she may not be physically ready to engage in the skill. Once she is in crawl position you can coax her to the object. Gentle prompting by moving the hips and legs is fine, though we just let my daughter figure the motions out on her own. After repeated tries, she eventually got it, but it was never a true "crawl" it was the "cruising" step from the get-go. It was shortly after this (2 -3 weeks) that she was walking on her own. Again, have some patience and don't worry! Your daughter WILL get it all in her own time...then be prepared for walking! Hope this helps and good luck!

Angie - posted on 11/28/2010




Unless there are other physical problems I don't think I'd try; without a professional to help you, you could cause her to be delayed. Let her crawl in her own time. My children never crawled but went straight to cruising then walking. They all do very well socially, intellectually, and physically. My son is going to college next year with a 3.9 GPA and a full year of college already under his belt. Give her time and don't rush her to grow up.


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Casie - posted on 11/30/2010




Thanks ladies its good to know its ok if she does decided to skip that whole thing. I dont want her to grow up at all i like her tiny just the way she is lol but all the ideas i will try thanks girls!!! :)

Firebird - posted on 11/28/2010




My daughter was 8 months before she crawled. Don't rush her. She'll do it when she's ready. Some babies, just don't crawl. My mom said I hardly crawled at all, she only saw me do it a few times before I moved on to walking on my knees. There has never been anything wrong with my coordination. Like Angie said, unless there are other physical problems, I'd just let her do it on her own. It's not like she'll never learn how to crawl just because she walked first.

Sylvia - posted on 11/28/2010




Um, really? Kids who don't crawl will have problems later? I must say, that hasn't been my experience with my kid, who first sat up around 7 months, started scootching on her behind around 9 months, walked at 13 months, and never crawled at all. She's now 8 years old, reading and writing and drawing and swimming up a storm. She has an excellent vocabulary, is very active, and seems to be absolutely normal.

Honestly, there's no point trying to teach specific things to developmentally normal babies. They're learning all the time, no matter what you do or don't do, and they do things at their own pace; if she wants to walk, trying to make her crawl is only going go frustrate and annoy both of you.

Lydia - posted on 11/28/2010




don't worry to much. I have the same thing going on here. my daughter almost 8 months now never liked tummy time and she started standing up and taking steps on our hands the week after she could sit up. now she is busy practising to walk and she seemed not interested in crawling at all. But a few days ago she started getting into the crawling position and trying to figure out how to move.

Tabby - posted on 11/28/2010




Not all babies crawl or need to crawl before they learn to walk. My sister never did. I also have a friend who's daughter was born a week before mine and she never crawled. She's 10 months now and is walking. If you would really like to encourage your little one to crawl I would put her around other babies that do. When my daughter was 6 months I took her over to a friends house and that friend's daughter crawled everywhere. Within 2 days my daughter was crawling like a champ. She's now 10 months and walking like she's done it all her life after seeing that same other baby walking around. Also 7 months is kinda early. The doctor told me at my daughter's 6 month visit that most babies won't start crawling until around 9 months and sometimes even later. She may be getting upset because she's just not ready to do it. I know when I tried to encourage my daughter to sit up to much she would just get mad and it made it that much harder.

Meilan - posted on 11/28/2010




Yes, it's important that she learns to crawl at some point. But it doesn't have to be now. She's only 7 months. And learning to crawl after she walks is just as good. As long as she learns. That's the important thing.

Andrea - posted on 11/28/2010




We had an OT help us with that as my son was developmentally delayed. We had to put him on the floor in the crawling position and then hold his hips and move him back and forth just by moving his rocking back and forth. Eventually he was able to crawl.

It is important for them to learn and it teaches them coordination. I'm glad to see someone else understnading the importance. Others told me not to worry about it.

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