When Does A Baby Begin To Crawl?
One of the first big milestones that your baby will reach in terms of movement is when they begin to crawl. Needless to say, it is something that you should be prepared for — but in order to get ready, you first need to know when you can expect your baby to start to crawl.
In general, it is safe to say that your baby will start trying to crawl anything between six to nine months along the line — but it may be up to a year before they are crawling well and properly able to get about.
Initially, your baby will start with the ‘commando shuffle’, i.e. crawling on their tummy and shuffling around. From there, they will begin to learn to balance on their hands and knees, before finally learning how to ‘push off’ and get moving forward.
Make no mistake, as much as these are the ‘common’ milestones involved in crawling, there is no hard and fast rule that states your baby is going to follow exactly the same recipe. Frankly speaking, some babies never actually crawl and end up pulling themselves up completely and learning how to walk directly.
If you want to encourage your baby to start crawling, one of the best ways to do so is to place them on their tummy. Needless to say, this is the natural position from which babies start crawling, and studies have shown that the more time babies spend on their tummy, the greater the chance that they’ll begin to commando shuffle at an earlier age.
For more tips on how to encourage your baby to start crawling, it may be helpful to visit a mother’s social network such as moms.com. By reading about what other mothers’ have gone through with their own children, you may be able to get an even better understanding of what you can expect from your own.
All said and done, each child will develop at their own pace and so it’s impossible to tell exactly when yours will begin to crawl. That being said, at least now you should have a rough idea of the timeline that you’re dealing with and should be able to plan accordingly. Even if your child appears to not want to crawl when they’re about six to eight months, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about — and chances are they’ll start soon enough anyway.