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Learning to crawl

  • 0-1 Years
  • 1-5 Years
  • Child development and growing up
  • Moving and being active
Baby crawling on floor in a living room

Crawling is the first way babies can move around independently. It's a broad term that can cover lots of different movements such as bum-shuffling and rolling.

Remember each baby is unique and will develop at their own speed.

Explore the topics on this page:

Crawling positions

On the move

Crawling positions

There are lots of different ways for your baby to crawl and move. Each baby is unique and has their own preferences. Your baby will find their own preferred way to move around.

On the move

To encourage your baby to crawl, put their toys away from them so they must look for them and crawl to get them. Using a moving toy can also motivate your baby to crawl.

We strongly encourage you to secure your furniture and babyproofing your home. Visit the Institute for Health Visiting Safety in the Home/Falls page for information on how to babyproof and secure your home.

Baby crawling on their hands and knees across the floor.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2023


Who can help

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support.

You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation.

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