Baby Crawling Styles – What is Normal?

This is when a baby scoots along but is unable to pick up their tummy off the floor. Earlier crawlers often display this method as they do not have the stregth to pick their trunks up.

Crab Crawl

This style can seem humorous to parents but often frustrates a baby. Mimicking a crab, baby can push themselves with their arms and usually go backward.

Bear Crawl

This form is when a baby extends their arms and legs while doing a classic crawl. Looking like a baby bear, a baby often prefers this method and can be close to standing.

Some movement milestones to look for before age 1 are as follows. If your child does not do the following, do not worry just mention it to your pediatrician. All babies move at their own pace.

  • Gets to sitting position without assistance
  • Crawls forward on belly by pulling with arms and pushing with legs
  • Assumes hands-and-knees position
  • Creeps on hands and knees supporting trunk on hands and knees
  • Gets from sitting to crawling or prone (lying on stomach) position

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