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19 August 2003

Crawling

Most babies start to crawl between seven and a half and nine months. But don't worry if your baby hasn't started yet. Your baby will start at his/her own pace.

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Most babies start to crawl between seven and a half and nine months. Some parents are concerned when their babies don’t crawl by this stage. It is important not to compare your baby to anyone else’s. Your baby will start at his/her own pace. Good crawlers often start walking later than other babies. Some skip the crawling stage completely and go straight into a cruising stage, followed by walking.

There are also various different styles of crawling: some crawl on hands and knees, others scoot on their bottom or knee.

The most important thing is that your child should learn to move independently.

Here are some tips:

  • Encourage freedom of movement
  • Don’t let him stay in a playpen for long times
  • Put an interesting object a short distance away from him/her
  • Make sure his/her knees are covered
 
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