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...how long did it take them to learn how to crawl for real?<br><br>
DD just learned how to make forward progress while on her belly. But it's pretty slow, dragging herself across the floor kind of movement. We have not even begun to babyproof. How long do we have, do you think?
 

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my oldest ds army crawled until 10 months old, crawled the traditional way for 2 weeks, then took his first steps! my 2nd ds never army crawled and went straight to regular crawling much earlier.
 

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He started crawling at 5 1/2 months so maybe 1 month? Isn't it terrible that I can't remember? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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ds started army-crawling at 5m but is FAST....he can make it across the house in 10 seconds (and it's not that small). We have the gates up and he can not be unattended for a second! He rocks on his hands and knees, but he's pretty efficient this way so I'm not sure he'll make the jump (and he pulled himself to stand this morning just a few days before 6m...ah!!).<br><br>
I think that within 2-3 wks you will have an efficient mover. Good luck, and welcome to a great weight management plan for moms <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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my son army crawled for a week and then took off on all fours. my daughter army crawled for like 2 weeks before she was off.
 

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DS has been army crawling for about 6 weeks (he's 10 months). Before that he just did barrel rolls across the floor. No matter how he moved though he was always fast!
 

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A week! DD doesn't stop going at all. She's constantly pushing her limits. I thought we were safe without baby-proofing til about 7-8 months, as all the babies I'd heard of were basically little potted plants until that age, but nope. DD started army crawling at about 4.5 months, proper crawling about a week later, and now at 6 months she can stand and cruise about holding onto furniture with just one hand! We had to do some very hurried baby-proofing!!! IMO you should start now, as it takes a while to get out of bad habits and into good ones, like not leaving things on the coffee table and remembering to close doors etc.
 

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Wow, a lot of you guys had early movers! "little potted plants," lol. Yeah, I think it's time to get on that baby proofing...<br><br>
ETA: DD is exactly 8 mos tomorrow.
 

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My dd will be 10 months on the 7th. She has army crawled since 5 months. She is very fast and gets everywhere she wants to go. She uses her toes to push off as she "crawls". She occasionally gets on her knees and rocks, but no interest in crawling that way. She is working on pulling herself up to stand, but doesn't have enough strength even though she has the cognitive know how to do it.
 

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DD army crawled until she was about 12 months old. She could have crawled sooner if she wanted to, but I think the army crawl was easier for her.
 

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My dd started army crawling at 6.5 mo... she got pretty fast at it, too, especially since all our floors are wood and therefore easy to slide on! She started cross-crawling at 9.5 mo. At first she just used it for carpet, grass, etc. Now she almost always cross-crawls. She's not walking yet at 11.5 mo.
 

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within a month. It's pure insanity how fast her gross motor skills are developing. I'm freaking out a bit.
 

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i think he army crawled about 7-9 months and then regular crawl until now. at 12 mos just starting to walk a bit
 

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She started army crawling at about 5 & 1/2 months and regular crawling about a month or so later.
 

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about 1 month
 

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I think the question of "how much time before she's crawling for real" can best be answered by another question: does she get really frustrated with army-crawling, or is she content FTMP? If she is army-crawling but obviously frustrated that she's not getting THERE fast enough, then you prolly don't have much time. Frustration with the current skill set indicates that they are going to be moving to a new one FAST! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
If she's pretty content to take her time and get there on her belly, then she may continue with that for awhile.....but look out, because even army crawling can become lightning quick with practice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Short answer WRT babyproofing is: YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME AT ALL!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Get going on it now!<br><br>
But as for baby proofing (and this is JMHO, and I'm not an expert, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah">) it has always seemed to me that it really isn't that big of a deal. I mean, a big deal to do it, but not a big deal to get it done, KWIM?<br><br>
You don't have to have a huge kit or tools or anything. Move furniture in front of the outlets, buy a pack of those plugs for the ones you can't hide. Put breakable stuff out of reach. Teach her to safely maneuver/handle things that you can't or don't want to put out of reach. Make temptations as invisible as possible. Teach her where the cupboard full of unbreakable pots/pans/plastic kitchen stuff is, and let her drag it all out to her heart's content. Wear her a lot. Make sure the pets are either patient or inaccessible, LOL!<br><br>
Most of all, the most important tool for babyproofing is your <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/privateeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="private eyes"> Always scan the room where your baby is!! Scan the floor and everything below the knee before putting her down, and continue to scan the whole time she's playing. It's like driving--you are constantly watching everything around you for something that you missed or something that could change at a moment's notice.<br><br>
It pretty quickly becomes automatic, so that you can be in the middle of a conversation and discreetly remove a temptation and replace it with a toy, or pluck her back from imminent disaster, without skipping a beat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Then one day you'll find yourself in a doctor's office or someone's house, and you'll just automatically be rearranging their knick-knacks, and everyone will look at you strangely.......and then you'll remember that the baby is not with you this time, and you will feel foolish. And also? <i>durned proud</i> of your mother-ninja skillz! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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