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Your Growing Baby
Your On-the-Go Baby
“Is he crawling yet?” Friends and family tend to ask this question eagerly, as though failure to do so by now is a sign of developmental delay. In reality, while babies start to crawl sometime between 6 and 7 months on average, crawling is so unpredictable that many child development experts don’t even consider it a true milestone. And no wonder: Many complex actions have to sync up for crawling to occur. The higher brain (or cortex) activates the controlled movement of muscle groups from the top down, starting with shoulders and arms and eventually proceeding to the legs, so young babies often pull with their arms to try to move forward, letting their legs hang behind like dead weight. By the time a baby can control his lower body, he might have become so proficient at rolling or creeping that he doesn’t feel the need to crawl. Or he might crawl for a few days, then amaze everyone by standing up and cruising around the furniture.
In fact, some developmentally normal babies do skip straight to standing and walking. Bottom line: Your baby should show some signs of mobility by the time he’s 1 year old, whether he’s creeping, crawling, cruising, standing, or walking. You’ve got a while to go before you need to worry or bring it up with the pediatrician.
Of course, many babies do crawl, some at NASCAR speeds, starting over the next few months. So now’s the time to install gates at the top and bottom of the stairs and finish baby-proofing the furniture (wrapping the sharp corners of low tables in styrofoam padding, for instance).
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