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When do Babies start crawling?

When do Babies start crawling?

Up until now,you and other adults around your baby have been your baby’s means of transportation, from carrying on your back, to pushing your baby in a stroller, to using a carrier, or simply lifting from one point and dropping at another. In the not too distant future though,your little one will hit a major milestone and start moving from place to place on all fours (hands and legs), or even skip the crawling phase and go straight to pulling up and standing,walking, and eventually running!

Below are things you need to know about this exciting phase in your little one’s development

When do babies actually crawl?

Crawling in most babies is an intermediate step between sitting and walking (and sometimes running) and like stated above, some babies skip this phase and go on to stand with the help of a support after rolling. Usually babies begin to crawl between 6 and 10 months, using different methods which varies from child to child. Some babies start with what doesn’t look like crawling (using their bottom, pushing themselves on their stomachs, or simply rolling across the room) and then progress to crawling.

How to help your baby crawl

  • You can help your baby prepare for crawling by allowing him play on his tummy. As he lies on his tummy, he lifts his head to look around and this helps to strengthen the neck, shoulders, and arms. For some babies, once they start doing what looks like a mini pushup (usually in one spot), they’re almost ready to start crawling.

  • Encourage your child during this period and make the experience fun and play along with your child.You can place his toys within reach and let him try to get it and then move it away further. Do not make him get agitated. Make him get to the object after a few tries. Remember the goal is not to force the child to move at all cost but to encourage him to try it. This helps to boost his confidence and before you know it, he’ll begin to rock forward and eventually realise that with a little push and certain movements he’ll be able to move from spot A to B.

Safety tips

  • As your baby starts crawling, you’ll have to be extra sure your babyproofing is intact as your little man will explore any area he is in. You can get on all fours (hands and knees) to try and see what your baby can see from that level and then take out any potential harmful object from within his reach.

  • It’s a time intensive task to look after a child that’s seriously and happily enjoying a new found ability, but you have to keep an eye on him at all times and provide knee guards or stockings that make it easy for him to be able to move on whatever surface your floor is made of.

  • Make sure any harmful object is kept out of reach and a safety gate is in place if you have a stairway nearby, but do not totally bar him from approaching the stairs as he needs to learn how to manuever as well. Just make sure an adult is around to guide and guard him as he goes along.



What to do if your baby doesn’t crawl

While some babies have been known not to crawl, and that in itself shouldn’t be something to be worried over, you’re strongly advised to consult with a medical professional if your baby hasn’t shown any progress in becoming mobile by 12 months (scooting with his tummy or his buttocks or any form of movement), or if he drags one side of his body while crawling.

 

What next after crawling?

For most babies after crawling, they move to climbing, standing, walking and then running. There isn’t a laid down order for this stages as every child is unique, so just brace yourself and enjoy the experience with your little one because he sure is having the time of his life.

You can find our in-depth article on when babies roll over here as well.












 

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