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Babies go through various developmental milestones in their first year, and one of the most anticipated is crawling. As a parent, you may wonder, “When do babies start crawling?”

In this blog, we’ll delve into the typical timeline for crawling and the various crawling styles babies may adopt. We’ll also touch on baby development and the importance of tummy time.

When Do Babies Crawl?

Crawling is a major milestone in a baby’s path to mobility and independence. Typically, babies start to crawl between 6 and 10 months of age, although this can vary. Some may begin with a “commando crawl” or “belly crawl,” while others may opt for a “bear crawl” or “crab crawl.”

Crawling Styles

  1. Commando Crawling: This style involves babies propelling themselves forward on their bellies, using their hands and feet to move.
  2. Bear Crawl: In a bear crawl, babies move on all fours, with their weight distributed between their hands and knees.
  3. Crab Crawl: Some babies exhibit a crab-like movement, shuffling sideways or in a diagonal direction.
  4. Classic Crawl: Babies in a classic crawl position move on their hands and knees, a common and efficient crawling style.
  5. Bottom Scoot: Others might sit on their bottoms and scoot themselves forward.

Factors Influencing Crawling

The timing of crawling can be affected by various factors, including muscle strength, personality, parental support, and more. Regular “tummy time” sessions help babies develop the muscles needed for crawling.

baby learning to crawl in blue onesie with little dog

Developmental Milestones

Crawling is just one of many developmental milestones in a baby’s journey. Australian Pediatrics recommend regular check-ups to monitor your baby’s development and ensure they are meeting these milestones.

The Importance of Tummy Time

Tummy time is crucial in helping babies develop the strength and coordination needed for crawling. It’s also a great way to prevent flat spots on the back of the baby’s head.

baby doing tummy time in yellow onesie smiling


“When do babies start crawling?” is a common question among parents, and the answer can vary widely. Babies develop at their own pace, so be patient and encourage your baby as they embark on this exciting journey. They may adopt various crawling styles, or in some cases, skip crawling altogether in favour of walking. Regardless of their unique path, enjoy watching your baby’s growth and exploration as they develop and discover the world around them.