When Do Babies Start Crawling – A Quick Guide

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Babies are loved by everyone and it is very cute for every parent to see the first milestones of their baby and also each and every first move of their life. There is no more happiness than seeing your baby grow. 

Not All Babies Make Progress At Same Pace

A baby lying on a bed

Crawling for babies differs and it is not necessary that all babies crawl at the same age. Crawling mostly occurs between the age of 6 months to 10 months and there are babies who start to crawl very late and some very early. 

It has been found that babies who try crawling earlier have the chance of having strong motor and sensory skills as in most children. Before crawling or trying to crawl, certain babies try wiggling with their stomachs, some may use their hands to pull their small bodies front and back. 

Let Them Crawl

A hand holding a baby

Many people and doctors say that we have to allow the baby to crawl the maximum as they help in making their legs and hands firmer and stronger. It also helps in getting the muscles of their neck, back, shoulders, arms, and core the strength enough to balance their body weight. 

The stage of crawling also plays an important role in their vision. Here another factor is that binocular vision is important when crawling in babies happens as it helps them in getting both their eyes focussed on the target that they are aiming for. 

It is always important to note that, when your baby is eager to crawl they show certain signs like rocking himself back and forth, doing a small push up and down, trying to lift both his arms and knees and so on. 

Types of crawling

  • Criss-Cross Crawling

This crawling is basically required for the knees and hands and the limbs from opposite sides to keep in coordination with each other. They do this by shifting the role of hands and legs where one hand on one side gets connected on the floor and the opposite leg doing the same. 

  • Belly Crawling

It is said that most of the babies start crawling with their bellies pressed on the floor. This type of crawling helps babies to start crawling in full swing earlier than those starting to crawl with hands and knees. 


Basically crawling is important for babies as it is helpful in their development of brains. This movement is very helpful in supporting their cognitive functions, problem-solving ability, and ability to grasp and learn things easily. 

Crawling is also considered as the physiological form at the start of their walking. They are also helpful in shaping the hip and in pulling them forward and backward.

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