When do babies crawl? Spot the Signs

When do babies begin to crawl: Spot the signs!

Posted in 10+ Months, 10+ Months Development

It’s always an exciting moment for parents when their bubs learn and try out new things.


As bubs grow, they start becoming more curious, independent, and start developing new skills with their hands and legs as their muscles strengthen.


One of the first major skills that some bubs acquire is the ability to crawl.


When do babies crawl?


All bubs reach their milestones at a different pace, but for some bubs, they usually develop their motor skills and become more aware of their body parts around the six month mark. Some bubs begin moving on their own by rolling and wriggling on their bellies, and may continue to do this for many months. In fact, some bubs hardly crawl at all and progress straight to walking!


At nine months, some bubs start lifting their limbs and torsos to fully crawl with their hands and knees. This is when they develop better hand-and-limb coordination and begin to move in a specific direction.


How to ensure safety when crawling


Bubs 6 to 9 months increasingly get more mobile as they become curious and their impulse to explore starts to develop.


Ideally, parents should start the process of baby proofing the house before bub begins crawling. Check the house thoroughly and regularly to ensure that spaces are safe enough for bub to move and explore. Avoid accidents by installing latches on cupboards, locks on drawers, and safety barriers on stairs. Remember that babies tend to place everything within their grasp into their mouth, so ensure that there are no choking hazards or small items lying around.


How can parents help when bub starts crawling?


At this point, it’s important to motivate bub to move around independently. There are many activities you can do to ensure that they learn how to balance and to master the use of their limbs.


You can start encouraging bub to crawl by having tummy time with bub, as this activity helps to develop their muscles and builds the strength in their back, neck, buttocks, and legs. Use a rolled up towel to put under bub's arms to prop them up until they are strong enough to do it on their own.


Soon, bubs will be able to lift their heads and push themselves up, in anticipation of newer movements and crawling!


To encourage bub to move from one spot to another, parents can place bub on their tummies across a stretched-out leg and put their favourite toy out of reach. Putting your hand on their hips for support can also make them feel comfortable to move forward.


For more fun ideas, you can also make a tunnel out of pillows, blankets and cushions so they can have obstacles to climb on or around. You can also encourage bub to crawl on different surfaces such as grass, carpet or hard-surfaces like flooring or tiles.


Remember to always supervise your baby in the presence of pillows and blankets to minimise the risk of suffocation.


Enjoyed this article? Why not try Baby Development Milestones: Walking to see what to expect during the next big milestone.



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