Crawling can come in many forms - from your traditional crawl on all fours to going everywhere backwards, bottom shuffling, rolling sideways, commando crawling on their tummy or even wriggling like an upside down crab!
Others may skip crawling and go from sitting, to pulling up, to standing and walking. Whatever they do, it's getting mobile that's important.
Crawling is probably the first way your baby will get moving. It often starts between six and nine months, and is usually in full flight by their first birthday.
Remember too, that babies develop skills at different rates, some more quickly than others. If your baby was born early (before 37 weeks) bear in mind that some milestones may be reached a little later than most babies. Whilst we are keen for our babies to reach those milestones of crawling and walking, we can do a few things to help them along.
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You can help your baby to crawl by encouraging them to spend time on their tummy.
In the early days, they'll only manage a few seconds but, by the time they are about four months old, they'll last a little longer and are likely to attempt to push themselves up. This action helps strengthen the muscles needed for crawling. Make it more fun by getting down beside them and pull funny faces or sing to them.
Once your child is almost crawling, you can make things fun by creating an obstacle course around your sitting room using pillows, boxes and cushions. Having a go at the obstacle course will help improve their confidence, speed and agility. Make sure you stay with them in case they get into difficulty.