Don’t Cramp My Style – Baby Crawling 101

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Don’t Cramp My Style – Baby Crawling 101

There are LOTs of different types of crawling out there- have you ever watched a baby commando crawl? It’s hilarious watching a baby sweep the floors clean! Babies typically start to crawl anywhere between 7-10 months . Don’t worry about your babies crawling style (aint a trendy thing!) – it’s becoming mobile that’s important, no matter how your baby does it. Don’t forget, some babies don’t crawl and move directly to pulling up, standing, cruising (furniture walking), and walking. As long as your baby spends lots of time in Tummy Time and exploring their environment, your on the right track.

Don’t worry about your babies crawling style (aint a trendy thing!) – it’s becoming mobile that’s important, no matter how your baby does it.

Crawling is beneficial for many reasons including social, motor, cognitive, sensory and emotional factors. Babies begin to see the world in a whole new way, as well as increasing independence. Crawling helps to strengthen muscle tone and develop eye-hand co-ordination and balance. It also helps to develops spatial, visual, and tactile integration.

Types of crawling:

“Give me the classic”

This is the classic crawl- The infant weight bears on her hands and knees, then moves one arm and the opposite knee forward at the same time

Army or “commando” crawl

Lying flat on their stomachs and dragging the body forward.

Leap Frog

Baby makes a bridge with his arms and legs and then thrusts forward.

The Rolly Polly

Who needs to crawl when I ROLL everywhere!

Bottom Scooter

The infant scoots around on her bottom using her arms to move herself forward.

Most babies learn to scoot backwards and then forwards. They might cry because they are actually moving away from the toy they are trying to reach. Try to support their exploration of their environment by creating challenging but achievable targets for your baby to reach towards.

How to support your baby’s new crawling skills:

  • Use a pillow to support your baby in a crawling position. You can place your baby over a pillow on their tummy with their knees bent and arms straight in a crawling position. This will facilitate shoulder and core strength and help them learn the sense of what it feels like to be on all four limbs.
  • Allow for plenty of tummy time to develop upper extremity, trunk and neck strength. Tummy time provides the foundation for crawling and walking.
  • Facilitate crawling by putting a toy near them so they have to reach for it, and then slowly move the toy away. Practice makes perfect!

Crawling means baby proofing. My advice: take a crawl through your home and see what is at your baby’s level!

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Lauren Hershfield, MSC OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

About Lauren Hershfield, MSC OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Lauren is a registered occupational therapist working in Toronto. She has worked and trained in a variety of community, school and hospital settings, She has an interest in working with children and adults on motor development, co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills and adaptations for play, self-care and productivity.

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