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How can I help my daughter to crawl. She hates being on the floor, cries until she’s picked up

11 months now and 8 months adjusted. She prefers to stand but has no balance when standing

  • Dana
    Aug 23, 2018

    If you hold both her hands will she take steps? Our first didn’t spend much time crawling, just constantly demanded help to walk :)

  • Dana
    Aug 23, 2018

    SUCH a cutie btw!

  • Stephanie
    Aug 23, 2018

    Have you tried when she’s in her best mood (well fed, rested, etc). Even for short amounts of time with her favorite toys. Assuming so, I’d say just keep trying - I bet she’ll do it when she’s ready.

  • jennifer
    Aug 24, 2018

    When I hold her hands she has no control. She steps on her feet every time she tries to walk but most of the time she just likes to stand and not try to take any steps. She does very well on the walker and doesn't seem to have trouble.

  • jennifer
    Aug 24, 2018

    She can be in the happiest mood and still cry when I put her on the floor. Sometimes she does like the floor but will only stay there for 5 mins tops

  • Fabiola
    Aug 24, 2018

    Have you tried getting on all fours on the floor with her and showing her how? Sometimes we just need to model behaviors and actions that are new to our children because they’ve never seen them before. I think it’s especially true for first borns. It worked for my son. Crawling is good for their hand and eye coordination. I think it’s a critical step in getting them to walk too. Good luck!

  • Jenn
    Aug 24, 2018

    Maybe start on your bed with you there? Or a really softly carpeted area? This way she can get used to it on a softer surface and see how much fun it is

  • Kayla
    Aug 24, 2018

    When my son was going through physical therapy they had me fold a blanket to where it was about a foot wide and put him on it on his belly. You can lift her with the blanket and shimmy it back and forth to get her moving

  • Julia
    Aug 24, 2018

    Door jumper :)

  • Angel
    Aug 24, 2018

    She is beautiful 😍

  • Brittany
    Aug 24, 2018

    My son didn’t like the floor at all (reflux baby) until 9mo and something about his strength and interest catapulted him to walking and now he is an early walker and crawls depending on the surface. We have hardwoods in most the house. I hear it is common to skip crawling and I thought that would be us too. If you want to encourage walking because maybe crawling isn’t for them - don’t use a walker or any other sitting contraptions. Provide safe space to cruise and gentle support and encouragement. No shoes helps develop balance too. We got a radio flyer walker wagon which is the only type of walker recommended and that really helped. Good luck! They will get it in time :)

  • Paige
    Aug 24, 2018

    Maybe try to get her to crawl on the bed instead? That way she isn’t on the floor but still doing “tummy time” kind of stuff

  • Kathleen
    Aug 24, 2018

    Tummy time boppy!!

  • Summer
    Aug 25, 2018

    I have the same problem with my 9 month old. He hates tummy time and doesn’t want to crawl so I’m not forcing it. Instead I got him a standing activity table and we’re working on standing. He love to pull himself up.

  • Luz Marie
    Sep 05, 2018

    Used to have that same problem with my daughter. She wouldn’t last 2 minutes before have a breakdown. We started doing lots of stuff on the floor with her that didn’t necessarily had to do with crawling or tummy time. For example I started to sit on the floor with her to read, gave her snacks, for singing (pat-a-cake etc); I would lay down next to her just like to reassure her that she was “safe” and not alone. It worked wonderfully; when we least expected it she was on all 4 and trying it out. Now she’s 15 Months and all over the place. Hope it helps !!! By the way she’s precious; loving that smile!