Baby Crawling Backwards

by Amanda
(South Africa)

My 7 month old baby girl has been crawling backwards for 4 weeks now. When will she start crawling forwards? Is there anything I can do to help?

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Backwards crawler
by: Anonymous

My daughter is 6 months and is a backwards crawler. I tried waving toys in front of her, but she still pushes backwards. She's turning 7 months and going faster backwards. I'm not worried, but will this process take its natural course.

Backwards crawling
by: Anonymous

Backwards crawling is the natural progression into crawling. It helps the baby get the confidence to crawl forward. Some babies walk backwards first and most when put in walkers go backwards first. This is a new and interesting thing for your baby, but it is scary at the same time. Let them progress when they see it to be suitable... not when you do!

Backwards Crawler
by: Charlette

My DD Hannah is just 7 months and has been crawling backwards for about 4 weeks now. I take her to Gymbaroo classes and the teacher there has tried to help but has had no success. I have tried the wall, toys and everything else under the sun, but she still goes backwards. When she reaches the wall she turns and keeps crawling backwards along it. She can even crawl backwards and then has the strength to sit back up by herself. I don't understand it either!
Please let me know if any new techniques come about.

Backwards crawler
by: Anonymous

My nephew was also a backwards crawler.. lol...He learned to crawl forward with no trouble in a couple of weeks.

Backward crawling
by: Loretta

I'm here to tell you that you have very little to worry about. I'm a "backward crawling" survivor! LOL!


I was crawling backwards for weeks, which seemed to entertain my parents to no end. But things 'straightened out' without any intervention from anyone... this was in 1957.

Plus, I was walking at the ripe old age of 10 months and I'm the parallel parking Queen of my family...I can parallel park in three moves. So, unless you child's doctor can detect something serious about your baby's condition, just let your child's maturation process do what is best for your child.

I believe that any 'forced' attempts to correct or giving the child any implication that what she/he is doing is wrong/unacceptable as opposed to supporting that which is your child's own process, can do more to undermine his/her own innate self trust and self acceptance than anything else.

True, s/he is just an infant, but experiences we have, even at such a young age can and do imprint upon our subconscience and we reap the results later in our lives.

Tips for Baby Crawling Backwards
by: Dalene

What you see is also one of the first signs of crawling. This happens since your baby finds it easier to push away from her body with her arms rather than pulling towards her as in normal forward motion crawling.

You can also use the towel technique described
. Apart from this technique here are a few more things to try:

Put against a wall
Position your girl in the crawling position with her feet against a wall or another stable object. I like to use a bright colored toy as some form of attraction in front. I normally position this about 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) in front on the floor. By positioning her against the wall you obviously prevent her from crawling backwards which is what you want now.

Sloping board
Another wonderful technique is to use a stiff board of at least 12 inches (30 cm) wide. I like to use one that's about 3 feet long (1 meter). Now, lay the board flat on the ground and lift the one (short end) side slightly. Roughly 3 inches (7-8cm) lift should be enough.

Put your girl in the crawling position on the board facing downward. You may again use some attraction in front to get her moving and you can support and stabilize her feet at the back so she doesn't crawl backwards. What I like about this technique is the downward slope naturally encourages and assists your baby to go forward (when facing in the downward direction).

Let's assume none of the above techniques work, what do you do now?

Obstacle course
Another technique I've used quite a few times is to create what I call an "obstacle course". On level floor create some kind of an obstacle course which your child can crawl through. I like to use big plastic building blocks (which I also use for other play activities), the sides of cabinets, a suitcase will also do, old cardboard boxes, etc. just to name a few. I place these reasonably close together to form a narrow passage. I make the passage sufficiently wide to allow the baby to crawl through, but narrow enough to prevent her from making an about turn.

This is usually a very fun technique and most babies like this one so much that they instinctively start to crawl... in the right direction

But there's also a more fun way, and that's to get a crawling tunnel

. I've also used a few of these and they give great results.

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