On average, babies become mobile somewhere between 6 and 10 months…although the way they get moving has broad range of normal. It’s usually crawling that comes first; or a variation of crawling, at least. And sometimes, tots just skip the all-fours thing altogether.
According to Dr Tim Ubhi from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, whether (or how) your baby crawls or not is unimportant; what is important is that he becomes mobile.
“Some babies don’t crawl at all, and instead do what’s known as ‘bum shuffling’, or they just start pulling themselves up into a standing position by holding onto furniture.
“Others go straight from lying down to walking, and miss out this stage altogether. The important thing is that the baby is beginning to strengthen the muscle groups that will allow them to become mobile and, ultimately, stand up by themselves and walk.
“If parents see no signs of mobility by the 10-month age, they should seek advice from their GP or health visitor.”
Your little mover may be a statistical outlier; she may start crawling early–some do at just 5 months, or she may take her time. Plus there’s differences between siblings–one may begin crawling bang on the average age, while the other might eschew that stage and go straight into cruise-mode.
And there’s a few (funny, but totally normal) riffs on the traditional crawl style, too; including the bum-shuffle, the stomach slither, and the one-legged crab crawl.
Also, many babes begin crawling in reverse, first; so don’t worry if they go backwards for a bit–they’ll soon figure out the gears.