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When Will Baby Crawl?

I know it means chasing baby around the house, but when will baby become mobile?

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I know it means chasing baby around the house, but when will baby become mobile?

The Bump Expert

Crawling is defined as getting from point A to point B -- so it includes the “army crawl” (more like a drag) and variations of the all-fours crawl. It’ll happen typically between six and eight months, but some babies will go for it at five months. Crawling technically isn’t a milestone, says pediatrician Cheryl Wu, MD, because some babies skip it altogether. That doesn’t mean anything is wrong. Because doctors now recommend that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS, babies have less tummy time and fewer opportunities to learn to crawl. Some just skip to pulling up.

How it happens

The main precursor? Baby has to be able to get onto his belly first. After that, look out for all kinds of movement. “If you watch a bunch of six- to twelve-month-olds in one room, they’re moving in all different directions,” Wu says. “Some babies scoot on their butts. Some kind of creep on their hands and feet. Others just roll over.” The late crawlers, or nine- to ten-month-olds, are actually really proficient at crawling, since they’re starting off stronger.

How to encourage baby

Give baby plenty of tummy time so she can practice holding herself up with her arms, and eventually, legs. “Whenever baby is awake and quiet, put her on her belly,” Wu says. Again, don’t worry too much if baby doesn’t crawl. Walking is a much more important milestone and that’ll come later -- anywhere from nine to seventeen months.

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Q&A: When will baby start to crawl?

Most babies start crawling, or some form of crawling, around 9 months of age. For more information on infant milestones, check out this growth and development chart, endorsed by the AAP, from Pathways Awareness: http://bit.ly/6NUpfi.

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