When Does a Baby Crawl; a Complete Guide About Crawling

When Does a Baby Crawl; a Complete Guide About Crawling

Every day you watch your baby learning, growing, and becoming more independent. It is exciting to watch when your little one starts to crawl. But like many other milestones, a question arises when does a baby crawl. The process of learning to crawl is pretty complicated. Observing and helping your baby master this new skill is one of the joys of parenting, you will be going through in the first year. 

When does a baby crawl

Between six and tenth months, most babies start moving. Initially, they may get up on all four and move back and forth like a rocket at countdown, waiting for take-off . The process of crawling is actually knotty. Babies need to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs. They have to develop the muscle strength in their arms, shoulders, and legs to support their weight.

Some babies do a commando-type crawl, pulling themselves along the floor by their arms. The process of learning crawl is different among babies as they work out a way to move that is unique to them. No method is right or wrong; the matter of fact is your baby is making progress in his abilities to use his body to get around.


Signs your baby is ready for crawling.

Before crawling, your baby needs to develop strength between legs and arms. There are some things you might notice in your baby while he/she gets ready to start crawling.

  • Grabbing his/her legs while laying on the back
  • Turning and flipping over when your baby is lying on the bed.
  • They are pushing themselves backward instead of forward when he/she is on all fours.
  • They were crawling on the hands and knees.

Types of crawling

You might be amazed to learn that there are many types of crawling. Some common styles are listed below

Rolling crawl; in this crawling method, your baby moves around by rolling from one place to another.

Belly Crawl; Babies may crawl around on his belly while moving forward.

Bear crawl; your baby crawls on his hands and feet, keeping his elbows straight and knees straight.

Classic crawl; babies start to crawl on their hands and knees, moving one arm and opposite knee at the same time. This is the most common method of crawling.


How to help your baby in crawling

To encourage your baby to crawl, try the following tips.

Give your baby plenty of tummy time.

By playing on their bellies, babies develop the muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, and neck muscles. This will help your baby to a great extent in crawling.

Encourage to reach for toys.

Place your babies favorite toys just out of reach in front of them while playing on the floor. This technique inspires your child to crawl towards his favorite toys.

Make sure your baby has enough space.

 It is the time for childproofing your home. Take a walk through your home and see what potential hazards may be at your baby’s level.

  • Place palms of your hand behind your child’s feet when he/she is on fours. 
  • This stabilizes him and gives your child something to push off when he/she is just learning crawl.


Contact your child health care provider.

There is nothing physically wrong with babies who are slow to crawl. They may be just busy in developing other skills that are more interesting to them, such as learning to use hands to figure out how objects work. They prefer to sit and explore the world visually or by touch, instead of exploring through movement. Always remember babies have different interests and preferences so as not to panic if your child is not crawling at seven months. Contact your child prediction if 

  • You notice that your child is using only one side of his body during crawling.
  • Your young one is not making any progress in using her body to get around.