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When Do Babies Start Crawling?

The process of learning to crawl in babies initially starts when they are 5 to 6 months old. At this age they learn to roll and spend time on their tummy. Babies gradually learn to crawl and master this skill when they become 10 to 12 months old. Read on to know how babies learn to crawl.

Each phase of your baby’s development is exciting. But the real fun begins when your baby starts crawling. It is a learning experience for both of you. It is your baby’s first method of trying to get on his or her own feet efficiently. Also, it may be the first way your baby will get moving. Your baby will start balancing on his or her hands and knees, then figure out how to move forward and backward simultaneously strengthening the muscles that will soon
enable him or her to walk independently. Your baby will start scooting around your home in no time.

At What Age Do Babies start Crawling?

Mostly babies start crawling between 7 and 10 months of age, and master it by a year. Your baby may not crawl but opt for other ways of locomotion by this time, like bottom-shuffling, slithering on stomach, rolling across the floor, or may move directly to pull up, stand, cruise, and start walking. Getting mobile is important, be it however.

How Do Babies Learn Crawling?

Have a quick look at how babies learn to crawl gradually. 

6-7 Months: Tummy Time

In the beginning, your baby will spend a lot of time on this tummy, which is called tummy time. He or she will learn to rock back and forth on their tummy and then gradually, will use the momentum from rocking to pushing himself or herself forward. This strengthens his or her muscles.

Your baby may start commando-crawling by pulling along the tummy using the forearms. Finally, he or she may get up on all fours and rock back and forth, with arms straight and body parallel to the floor. If your baby is not doing a lot of tummy time, do not worry, he or she may be busy learning to roll over, crawl, or walk.

8-10 Months: Crawling Time

Your baby may be able to sit well with support by 8 months of age. Now he or she can look around by moving head up, and may likely start crawling as the arms, legs, and back muscles are strong enough to keep him or her from falling on the floor as he or she gets up on hands and knees. Soon he or she will figure out that pushing off the knees is all what he or she needs to go mobile and soon will learn to go from a crawling position back into a sitting position.

Your baby may master cross-crawling by moving one arm and the opposite leg together while moving forward, rather than using arm and leg of the same side.

1 Year: Crawler

By a year, your baby will be a really competent crawler and will be keen to tackle any challenge, including the stairs. As you know, practice makes perfect.

Your Responsibility While Your Baby Learns Crawling

  • Make sure your baby spends a lot of time on floor; else he or she cannot do tummy time.

  • Place a towel or cloth around his tummy and support him or her to teach the rocking movement.

  • Grab both ends of the towel around his tummy upward to bring him or her up on all fours.

  • Try dangling a toy just beyond your baby’s reach so that he or she tries to grab it with hands and move forward.

  • Make sure your house is childproofed, with special emphasis on stairway gates.

  • Create obstacle courses with pillows, sofas, and cushions that will help improve your baby’s confidence, speed, and agility.

  • Always be around your baby to keep an eye in case he or she gets into difficulty.

  • Keep the floor clean and keep an eye on electrical hazards and safety issues of your house.

  • Clean your baby’s hands and feet after a lot of time is spent on the floor.

After your baby has mastered crawling, soon he or she will pull himself or herself on everything he or she can reach, and once gets the feel of balancing on legs; he or she will be ready on her own and cruise while holding the furniture. Then it is just a matter of time until he or she is walking, running, jumping, and leaping.

How to identify if the baby has started learning to crawl? How do babies learn to crawl? When exactly do babies start crawling properly? Discuss here.

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Divya.6 years ago
My baby has started crawling and I am scared that he should not get hurt I need ideas for childproofing my house for baby who crawls.
Anjum.6 years ago
My baby is 7 months old and he is trying to crawl but he has to take a lot of effort. He does not turn on his tummy on his own :(
Reena.6 years ago
My baby is 5 months old and he rolls on his own. I encourage my baby to crawl by putting him on his tummy. He is now trying to move forward. I want to see him crawl soon.
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