Crawling is a big deal for most parents. After all, it’s the first sign that your infant is now mobile. Some babies start to show signs of movement when they shuffle around on their tummies, which is known as creeping. From this point, it’s not long before your little one will be on all fours and blazing a trail through your home!
While babies vary widely in how quickly they start to crawl, it’s often helpful for parents to have a typical timeline that gives them some idea of what to expect. Many infants start to learn to crawl around 7 months of age, and most are fully crawling by 9 months. This means that at one year old, your little one should be quite mobile and comfortable with exploring the outside world.
Having said all this, it’s worth reiterating that each child develops at their own pace. As a parent, you should be careful not to be too rigid in how you expect your baby to develop. Rather than helping with the process, this is likely to create unnecessary worry for yourself and other caregivers.
While some infants follow the classical pattern of sitting, crawling, then walking, others graduate directly from bottom-shuffling to walking. Still, others may pull themselves into a standing position and start walking without ever having crawled! The most important thing is that your baby starts moving — not how they do so.