Crawling is a milestone for babies as it is their first step towards independent mobility. An intermediate step between sitting and walking, crawling helps opens up your little one’s world to innumerable new discoveries and gives your baby a sense of power and accomplishment. But when do babies start crawling? To know baby crawling age, signs that help you know that you baby is ready to crawl and the different stages on how the baby learns to crawl, take a look at this interesting guide below.
When do infacts begin to crawl? – Between 6 and 10 months
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- About 50% infants start crawling when they are around 7 months
- About 25 % may do so at 10 months
- 90% infants master the skill of crawling when they are around 11 months
Most babies start crawling between the ages of 7- 12 months. If a baby who starts crawling before 7 months, he has developed his crawling skills quicker than most other ‘normal’ babies of the same age. However, if a baby masters his crawling skills around 13- 14 months, his development is slower than other ‘normal’ babies of the same age. There are many unique ways a baby may crawl. He may start with one style and progress to another or stick to favorite until he gives up crawling for good. However, some babies may also skip the crawling phase altogether and move straight to pulling up and standing, cruising and walking.
CAUTION – My Story
I just wanted to share a quick story about my baby and when she started crawling. It didn’t take her long to get the hang of it and before I knew it, she was crawling everywhere! And she was fast! If I just turned my head for two seconds, she was either crawling out of the room or somewhere else that she shouldn’t have! I decided to order this playpen which I love which keeps her in one place and I can use it both inside and outside.
After awhile though, she started to outgrow the playpen so I went for a nice baby gate (which stays closed automatically!) and play mat for the room.
It is crazy how much these items help!
Signs that your baby is ready to crawl
The baby starts using his hands to move forward. Infants begin pulling themselves forward with the help of their hands, using their legs minimally.
- When leaning on the hands, the baby bends his legs to bring it close to his body, creating a crawling position.
- Discovers how to use his knees to push forward.
- The baby can roll -over on his own and can sit without help.
- The baby starts making a rocking motion back and forth.
- How does a baby learn to crawl?
Six to Seven months
When a baby is six months old, he usually starts doing mini push – ups, lifting his head and chest up while lying on his tummy.Using his forearms, your baby will then try pulling himself forward on his tummy to move around.
Eight to Ten months
By this time, a baby is able to sit well without any support and tries to move from a sitting position on her hands and knees. Gradually, you baby will discover that pushing off his knees gives him the boost he needs to get moving. With practice, your baby will soon learn to go from crawling position to sitting position.
The infant would have gained enough practice of crawling by this time and would be keen to take new challenges, including the stairs.
What to do if your baby does not crawl?
Crawling is not considered as a major developmental milestone for a baby. So, if your baby is a late crawler or does not crawl at all, it is not a cause for concern. However, if you find that your baby is not able to use both sides of the body equally or is behind in other developmental areas, such as social interactions, language or other motor skills, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help.