‘When do babies crawl?’ is a question that many parents ask right from the time the baby is born. This is especially because it is one of the major milestones that your baby will have in early life. The crawling milestone will give your baby a feeling of independence and a chance to explore the world around them. Knowing when and how your baby starts crawling will help you go through this exciting milestone together. Read on to know more about crawling and how to help your little one through it.

When Do Babies Crawl

Ideally, most babies start to crawl between the ages of six to ten months. During this time, you are probably always closely monitoring your baby to ensure that you see the first time they crawl. However, do not put much pressure on them as all children are different on the development path. Do not worry if yours takes longer to crawl either. When your baby is about to start crawling, you will realize them push themselves around with the legs or wiggling across the floor on their belly. Some of the ways through which you can help them accomplish this milestone are such as:

  1. Give them enough tummy time to help strengthen the muscles of the arms, back, legs and neck which are all necessary for crawling. 
  2. Use toys to encourage crawling. You could place the toys out of reach during play time and allow the baby to get to them. 
  3. Avoid supportive devices such as baby walkers are they could delay muscle development and limit practice time on the floor. 
  4. Avoid pushing them. Though it may be depressing to watch your baby’s age-mates crawling when your baby is still not crawling, do not be tempted to force them to crawl when they are not ready. You will enjoy it more when it comes naturally. 
  5. Allow your baby to play on various sides. When your baby plays on the tummy, left side and right side, their body will get stronger, thus enabling them to start crawling in no time.
  6. Childproof your home. When your baby starts crawling, they will want to explore almost all areas around them. Therefore, ensure that you childproof your home and always be around to monitor the child when they are crawling. Additionally, ensure that the areas where your child will be crawling are clean to avoid any infections.

When To Seek Help

Typically, you will be advised against comparing your child against other children and let them start crawling on their own. However, some signs will help you know that you need to consult your pediatrician. For instance, seek help you realize that your baby doesn’t show any signs of mobility such as shuffling, scooting or rolling. This is especially if they are above seven months and there are no signs of mobility.


#Please note that development differs from one child to another

# Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor

Sources: babycenter, mustelausa, zerotothree, youngparents, bellybelly

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