when do babies crawl what age should your little ones get moving when do babies crawl what age should your little ones get moving
You may regret encouraging the curious little thing to be mobile, but when a baby starts to crawl is a big moment in their... when do babies crawl what age should your little ones get moving

You may regret encouraging the curious little thing to be mobile, but when a baby starts to crawl is a big moment in their young life.

When does the milestone of crawling come for the bundle of joy (and tears, and poop)?

For a baby being able to get around marks a huge day in their physical and mental development as they are no longer joined at the hip to their parents or carers.

Babies typically begin to crawl between six and 10 months, but some may never crawl and skip straight to walking, or some will create a kind of crawling/walking/shuffling hybrid.

Mother helping baby boy walk

Mother helping baby boy walk

‘Tummy Time’ (lying on their stomach) is essential on the journey to crawling, this will encourage them to lift their heads and look around, building strength in the neck, shoulders, arms and when they kick their feet while on the ground they are building muscles in their hips and legs.

Your baby may be ready to crawl when they start doing mini push-ups and lifting themselves up with their arms.

From there they will lift themselves up on hands and knees and rock backward and forward and then they will push off and crawl.

Crawling is a tough job for babies as it requires them to exercise their body and mind.

Close over shoulder view of woman playing with baby daughters feet on bathroom floor

The muscles in their back, neck, shoulders, arms and core must be strong enough to support their weight and balance.

Some babies despise tummy time so try to make it interesting and engaging for them.

Crawling allows opens up the possibility of more complex movements like standing, walking, and running and a whole world of discoveries for the youngster.

If you have a home of hard floor surfaces then you should consider buying some non-slip mats and rugs to help your baby with the possible knee pain.

They alternate between looking at their target in the distance and looking at their hands, this helps them with depth perception.

Don’t worry if your child isn’t crawling in the conventional way, there are other ways of crawling.

Caucasian father lifting baby son

Caucasian father lifting baby son

Scoot – dragging their bottom across the floor

Crab Crawl – Moving with one knee bent and the other extended, either forward or sideways

Commando crawl – Lying flat on their tummy and using their arms to move forward.

Odd ways of crawling don’t mean anything is wrong with the baby.

If your baby hasn’t made any progress in becoming mobile in 12 months, or if they drag one side of their body while crawling it may be worthwhile to consult a paediatrician.

 

 

Obinna Onyia

  • Desiree bland carver

    2017-08-17 #1 Author

    I’m going to try this for my daughter

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  • Tashea

    2017-08-17 #2 Author

    Chance is crawling , standing up and almost trying to take a step at 8 months!

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  • Amanda

    2017-08-18 #3 Author

    Good info to know for first time parents!!!

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  • Alicia Brown

    2017-08-18 #4 Author

    Babies Are A Blissful Joy. My NephewWill Be 1 October 22

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  • Briann Morris

    2017-08-18 #5 Author

    My baby started crawling at 8 months. I was so scared and nervous that she wasn’t gonna ever crawl (me being a 1st time mom I worried about EVERYTHING!) LOL but when she started it was less than 2 months later at 10 months she was walking!!!

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    • Sheronita Love

      2017-08-18 #6 Author

      My baby started crawling at 6 months, she’s now 8 months soon to be 9 months, she’s now pulling up on things preparing herself to start walkin….Yayyyy(proud mommy)

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  • DK

    2017-08-18 #7 Author

    I can’t wait till my babies get to crawling 💞😩

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  • Davierre

    2017-08-18 #8 Author

    My baby is getting strong and she is going to be 3 months on the 3rd I know she will be crawling in no time because she holds up her head and turns it around.

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  • Chris Barnes

    2017-08-18 #9 Author

    This is great information, this is my first rodeo so I was curious

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  • Jay Mac

    2017-08-18 #10 Author

    This was an awesome article especially for me being a first time mom! My son is showing so many signs that he’s ready to start crawling when we’re doing tummy time and he starts to flutter his little legs and feet! It’s such an amazing experience to see how excited your baby can be about learning! I’m enjoying every bit of this wonderful world of motherhood!

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  • Patrice Bonner

    2017-08-18 #11 Author

    Maddox is so active. He’s pulling up on things, and is trying to take steps.

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  • Alexandra Booker

    2017-08-18 #12 Author

    Peyton is 6 months and starting to get on her hands and knees. She just started pushing off of the ground so fingers crossed that she’ll be crawling by October !

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  • Jakoya

    2017-08-19 #13 Author

    I would have to say 7 or 8 months. My daughter started crawling really good at 8 months.

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  • Tanaya

    2017-08-19 #14 Author

    My son Regina loves tummy time and scooting but he hasn’t gotten the hang of crawling yet. He does great in the walker!

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  • Tanaya

    2017-08-19 #15 Author

    **My son Adrien**

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  • Andrea Oneal

    2017-08-19 #16 Author

    Really great article!

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  • Armana

    2017-08-19 #17 Author

    A’meeir is crawling out the car seat & bouncer. He’s 7 months today & he’s a busy body. I know I’m gonna have a hand full once he’s fully developed.

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  • Liyahhhh

    2017-08-19 #18 Author

    My baby don’t want to lay or her stomach she wants to stand up it’s like she wanna walk before she crawls

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  • Tearise Allen

    2017-08-19 #19 Author

    Thanks for the info. Very informative.

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  • Fulrishe Fulgence Ekian

    2017-08-22 #20 Author

    J’adore les bébés

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