Nothing is more exciting than watching your baby grow and develop into a little person.

Crawling

The moment your baby is born, he or she begins their journey of growing up. And while you may want your baby to stay little forever, developing is very important.

Crawling is your baby’s first method of getting around on their own. Typically, this involves learning how to balance on his or her hands and knees. Then comes going backwards and forwards. As the muscles become stronger, your baby will eventually stand and walk.

When Will My Baby Crawl?

Remember, every baby is different. However, most babies begin to crawl between 7 and 10 months of age. Prior to this, your baby has been practicing holding their head up and learning to sit on their own, gaining the necessary muscle strength to hold themselves up on their knees and hands.

Your baby will gain confidence by practicing all of these different moves and will eventually recognize that they can rock back and forth while either laying on their belly or when resting on their hands and knees. From this position they will realize that they can go forwards or backwards. Thus the crawling process begins.

But My Baby’s Style is Different

Don’t worry about your baby’s style. While some babies crawl in the very traditional way of being on their hands and knees, others opt for a different way. Some of the other styles include sliding on their bottom, rolling around, using a hand behind and a foot in front to get around, and slithering around on their stomach.

Some babies seem to skip the crawling process very quickly or all together by first standing while holding on to something and then begin walking.

What if My Baby Doesn’t Crawl?

While it’s true that every baby is different and will begin the process of crawling or walking on their own timetable, it is important that they begin by the time they are a year old. If your baby isn’t learning how to coordinate their arm and leg movements by a year old, you should mention it to your pediatrician.

You may also consider that premature babies tend to reach their milestones a little later than full-term babies.

Posted by Christiane Grau

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