What's the age range for crawling?

Karen - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son Theo is 10 months old and doesn't yet crawl or walk. He can roll well and sit very confidently and has just started pulling himself up on things a bit (but still needs heaps of practice to be confident at this). I know kids do these things in their own time, and he started talking lots from 7 months onwards so I'm not too worried about him. He spent over a month on his back in hospital so he has reason to be a bit delayed but I'd love to get an idea of what the normal age range for starting to crawl is...? I know that some babies don't crawl and just go straight to walking, so maybe he will do this...


Sarah - posted on 01/12/2010




In my experience there is no set time for when babies do any of their milestones. If he is a talker he may do his physical stuff a bit later. But I am sure you'l find people who say their child did everything early. He might skip the crawling phase althogether, some children do but if he is pulling himself up on things even with hesitation involved it is proof that he is progressing which is the most important thing for you to look at. My youngest son has left doing everything for a while and only started to shuffle/crawl backwards and sit up a couple of months ago, but since 3 days before xmas (when he was actualy feeling quite poorly) he has started to crawl forwards properly and since the 8th he has been pulling himself up into full standing (much to all our horror, as he is still very unsteady. I'm now trying to teach him how to land safely lol). It is often strange what provokes them to do things and when it happens it's normaly all of a suden, which I think is part of the fun and excitement. Don't be worried I know some children do all their crawling and walking as late as posible, especialy if they have lots of people to do things for them. I made my sister realy lazy because I was 12 when she was born and wanted to do everything for her, so when I have noticed any of my boys falling into that trap I have tried to inspire them to move by getting their attention with favourite objects and then just puting them slightly out of their reach etc (some children tho will just do it when they are ready no matter how much you try to inspire them). I do also think that boys have a way of geting mummy to do it for them and I know from falling into the trap myself that sometimes its better for them to have a bit of a paddy and get over it and try again than for me to say help them by giving them what they want, it still happens now with my twins and they are 9! He will probably do it when you least expect it and once he does there will be no stoping him so enjoy the rest while you have it because once he's of you'll be runing around all over the place. If you get the oportunity try and take him to a baby group of some sort that has mixed ages as I have found that since I have taken my littlest he has watched the other crawlers and walkers and wanted to copy. Hope this is of some help, feel free to give me a shout if you have anymore questions, and I wish you the best of luck with the crawling :)


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Cass - posted on 01/16/2010




There is no time frame really....my oldest son didn't crawl til he was 12 months and didn't walk til he was 15 months. My youngest son started crawling at 6 months and not walking yet (10 months)

Valerie - posted on 01/15/2010




There is no age range. My son started to crawl when hes was about 5 months and started walking when he was 9 months, but hes not very verbal. My daughter just started to crawl at about 9 months and has started to pull herself up on things, but she is a talker. Every kid is different, i really dont think that you have anything to worry about. He sounds like he is doing just fine

Lady - posted on 01/15/2010




it sounds to me as if your son is doing fine - having four kids of my own and working with other peoples for fifteen years believe me there really is no age range for children to do things. some will do it as early as 5/6 months others as late as 13 - if he wasn't showing any interest in moving then you might be concerned but if he is pulling himself up then that's a really good sign - do you have a baby walker for him i know some mums don't like them but i really think they help stregthen their legs and it's something to keep them amused for a while - they see the world from a completley different hight - although my 10 month old doesn't like his which came as a bit of a shock as the other three all loved it.

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