Crawling is one of those milestones that parents look forward to with great anticipation. As with other developmental milestones in those first years of your baby’s life, crawling can be an exciting event. Crawling is the first method that your baby will use in order to get around all by himself. When he is learning to crawl, he will likely start by first balancing on his hands and knees. Eventually, he will figure out that he can actually move both forwards and backwards, by using his knees to push himself off.
Generally speaking, you can expect your baby to crawl at somewhere between the sixth and the tenth month of age. Having said that, some babies don’t crawl at all. Some babies may actually prefer a different method of getting around, such as rolling or shuffling on their bottom. Some babies will skip crawling, and go right into standing and walking.
Usually, you can expect your baby to crawl not long after your baby is able to sit up on her own without your help. At this point, she will be able to keep her head up to look at the world around her. Her arm, leg, and back muscles are developed enough at this point to keep her from falling down when she gets up onto her hands and knees. It is likely that it will take a couple of months or even more for your baby to move confidently from the sitting up position into a position on all fours, from where she will crawl. However, as she gets the hang of it, she will eventually move freely between a sitting position and a crawling position.
There are some things you can do to help your baby to crawl. You can begin by playing games with our baby. You can sit on the floor in front of your baby. Then, place a toy just outside of his reach. From a sitting position, your baby may begin moving into the crawling position in order to reach the toy.
When your baby does start to crawl, make certain that you childproof your house by covering electrical sockets, checking floors for splinters or sharp objects, watching for things that could be pulled down onto your baby, such as floor lamps or even a tablecloth. Of course, you will also need to make sure that you are using baby gates at stairways, and that they are secure and safe.