How long will it take for my baby to crawl forward instead of backward?

My baby is 7 months old, and she has started to crawl, but she mostly crawls backward. When did your baby start to crawl forward and what are some ideas to help her get that she should crawl forward not backard.

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Dodie702

Asked by Dodie702 at 10:07 AM on Dec. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i have no ideas for you my son just started on his own.. he started when he was 4 months old and was pullilng him self up about 2 weeks after he learned to crawl... it was all in the 4 month period and was walking along furniture at 5 months.. he's now nine months and he should be walking real soon =)
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 10:10 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My oldest started crawling between 7 and 8 months and my youngest was right about the same... Neither did the crawl backwards for more than a week. But my oldest crawled with one knee up like a tripod. A friend of mine suggested making like a tent of pillows so that he'd have to get on all fours to make it through... Maybe something like that would help encourage your lo because of not being able to see backwards? Good luck! Worst case scenario, call your state's head start program (the local health department should be able to give you the number) because most states provide a free service to come out and help with milestones etc. :)

    CooksWife

    Answer by CooksWife at 10:14 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • my dd didn't crawl forward until 10 months
    emmyjosmommy

    Answer by emmyjosmommy at 10:19 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My son started crawling at 6 months which is early for a boy as they typically reach milestones later than girls. But, crawling is NOT considered a developmental milestone. Some babies never crawl forward in the traditional manner. Some get to where they want to go by rolling, crawling backwards, doing an army crawl and scooting. The main thing is that your baby is showing interest in getting somewhere and figuring out a way to do it, which is sounds like yours is. Some babies skip the crawling and go to walking. Don't worry.
    have2travel

    Answer by have2travel at 10:41 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • my dd didnt crawl frontwards until she was 12 months. she was extremely chubby so it was hard for her to move
    CAarmywife

    Answer by CAarmywife at 10:45 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • It's a natural step, and all kids really do things at their own pace. My first started really crawling somewhere around 7 1/2 months and hated the process so much he screamed every step of it, and my second just after 6 (with no crawling backwards, just a lot of rocking for a month). My MIL says my dh never crawled on all fours, just basically went straight to walking at a later date (she doesn't remember when). So there's very rarely a need to worry if you are.

    As for encouraging forward motion... putting toys in front of her will encourage her forward, and I have fun helping them move their legs and arms in the motions they're supposed to make (no idea if that actually helps, though).
    forgivenservant

    Answer by forgivenservant at 10:45 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My son started crawling at 5 months and only crawled forward. He never did crawl backwards, though I hear it is very common. Put toys in front of her. Also, when you can, get down on the floor and lay down in front of her. These things will help encourage her to move forward. She will get it when she is ready. Good luck.
    TeaAndrews

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 11:06 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My daughter is 2 weeks old and is already doing the "army crawl" is this normal??
    Lizzay88

    Answer by Lizzay88 at 1:53 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • no, thats not normal. her neck muscles are not nearly developed enough to support this movement.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

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