What can I do if my baby only crawls on her belly and drags her legs behind?

ok. my DD is 7 months old n has been crawling on her belly 4 a while now. ok. on New Years Eve she finaly crawled on her hands n knees 4 the first time!!! she done it 1 other time n hasnt done it since!!!! what can i do 2 help her crawl on hands n knees????? iv even got on the floor n done it with her 4 hours at a time!!! HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by the ways shes slower than most at doing things. she still cant sit up on her own!!!


Asked by xkrystals.momx at 9:05 PM on Jan. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I know it is difficult, but let her do it on her own...she will come around! There is nothing wrong with her NOT crawling at 7 months. As a matter of fact, maybe she should work on sitting up on her own first :)

    Answer by GraciesMomLJP at 9:09 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • First off, don't stress. My little boy did not crawl on hands and knees till he was 11 months old. I was told by therapists that crawling is not even a milestone!! My son army crawled on his belly from 8-11 months and I was worried too and had him evaluated and they said he was fine. You know she CAN do it cause she did it for you at least once, so that is great. Army crawling just may be more comfy for her and that is perfectly ok.

    Answer by AlliO2 at 9:10 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • PP is correct; crawling is not considered a developmental milestone. If your child crawls for mobility that is fine; but if they don't, and go straight to cruising or walking, that is fine as well. As a therapist I am more concerned that your child is not sitting up on her own. I would spend some more time with this activity before worrying about getting her mobile. You can message me with questions or for play ideas if you would like.

    Answer by gwood at 9:20 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • My daughter was the same way. She army crawled for a long time and it took her awhile to sit up. In fact she crawled before she sat up on her own. I say as long as she is movin and groovin who cares how she does it? Some babies never crawl in their hands and knees. My neice never crawled at all. She went from rolling to walking. Every kid is differant.

    Answer by GraciesMommy25 at 10:10 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I don't think it soulds like she's "slower than most" at all. My daughter just started sitting up well at your daughter's age. She's doing really well if she's crawling already. My daughter was a late crawler, and a late walker. But because she was spoiled rotten and people just kept carrying her around. My advice however, is to let her do it when she's good and ready! Be patient, mommy...it'll happen in due time!

    Answer by mlinton87 at 10:14 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Keep in mind that it takes a lot of strength - sheer strength in the arms, back and neck. Just make sure you are not PREVENTING her from developing this strength by putting her into various holders - seats, bouncers, etc. - instead of spending her time free to move about on a flat surface using her own willpower. So, if you aren't doing anything that gets in her way, then you can relax.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 10:21 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Sometimes when a baby seems as if they have forgotten a skill or seem to be regressing its because they are working on a new one. My girfriends baby would only army crawl at nine months old and now at 11 months he is walking. Dont worry just yet

    Answer by humaniterian87 at 10:27 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • some babis only army crawl. Not all babies crawl like we think they should. Alot of times babies will sneak and do things without us knowing. If you are still concerned talk to your baby's doctor.

    Answer by sara3308 at 10:49 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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