Your baby may start learning to crawl when she’s between six months and nine months old.
She’s likely to be crawling well by the time she’s one year old. Crawling is your baby’s next big achievement after sitting up. Crawling is usually, though not always, a key step on the journey to walking.
You can help your baby to gain the strength she needs to crawl by giving her regular tummy time. This will help her to develop the muscles she needs to push up using her arms. Once your baby has mastered this skill, she’ll be one step closer to crawling.
Your baby may not get around by moving on her hands and knees, though. Babies are clever at getting around when they’re motivated! So your baby will move in a way that suits her. Your baby may prefer to bottom-shuffle rather than crawl. Or she may slither around on her stomach in a commando crawl.
By the time your baby is nine months old, she may be able to sit well without support. From this position, she’ll learn to move on to her hands and knees. She will begin to discover that pushing her knees forward is the boost that she needs to begin moving.
What can I do to encourage my baby to sit and crawl?
If your baby shows no sign of crawling, rest assured that some babies skip this stage altogether. Instead they move directly to pulling themselves up, standing and walking. It’s getting mobile that’s important, not how your baby does it.
Bear in mind that babies develop differently, some more quickly than others. If your baby isn’t able to put weight on her legs while supported by a parent by the time she is eight months old, talk to your GP or health visitor.