Baby having bubble bath

How Babies Learn to Crawl

Crawling is your baby's first method of getting around on their own. Most babies learn to crawl between the ages of six and ten months. Your little one may opt for another method of movement around this time, like bottom shuffling (scooting around on their bottom, using a hand behind and a foot in front), sliding on their stomach, or rolling across the room.

Some babies skip crawling altogether and move directly to pulling up, standing, and walking. Don't worry about their style; it's getting mobile that's important, no matter how your baby does it.

When do babies start crawling?

Your baby will probably start crawling soon after they're able to sit well without support (probably around six or seven months old). They will gradually learn to move confidently from a sitting position to being on all fours, and they'll soon realize they can rock back and forth when their limbs are straight and their body is parallel to the floor.

Somewhere around the age of nine or ten months, they’ll figure out that pushing off with their knees gives them just the boost they need to get up and go.

Excited newborn

Making it safe

As your baby starts to move around, make sure your home is childproofed. A crawling baby can get into a lot of mischief! Also, as your baby uses their hands and legs to move along the floor, they’re much more likely to get dirty, their skin may get dry, and they can become more prone to nicks and cuts.

Keeping your baby clean

For a quick and easy way to keep your little crawler clean, try our unfragranced JOHNOSN’S® baby skincare wipes. The hypoallergenic formula means they’re gentle enough to use whenever your baby gets a bit grubby.

To keep your baby's skin soft, moisturised and protected from dryness you might also like to try a gentle moisturiser such as JOHNSON’S® baby Lotion.

Newborn baby