When Your Baby Starts to Crawl

From 6 months on, your baby will often be in constant motion. Lying on her stomach, she may arch her head up to look around; on her back, she may grab her feet or a nearby object to bring to her mouth. She may also be rolling over more often (keep a firm hand on your baby when she is on a changing table or other high surface, since rolling over could lead to a fall).

All this movement helps strengthen muscles for the crawling that typically occurs between 7 and 10 months (though some babies may not crawl until 11 or 12 months, and that is still normal). You may notice your little one rocking back and forth on his hands and knees. Eventually he’ll learn to push off from his knees and then he’ll be off! Make sure everything within reach is safe, childproofed and that he’s always in your line of sight.

One way to help your baby gain the muscle and coordination to crawl is to provide more tummy time, placing fun toys nearby that force her to pivot and reach.

Some babies never crawl, moving instead by sliding forward on their stomachs or scooting on their bottoms. They may go from this to pulling up to a standing position, holding onto a chair or table and finally, walking. It’s perfectly fine if your baby never crawls. Just watch him to see that, however he moves, he is using muscles on both sides of his body—which will help get him ready for walking. 

As always, if you have any concerns about your baby’s movement, talk with the healthcare provider.

See also ...

•  VIDEO: Fun ways to encourage your baby to crawl

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