The Importance of Crawling

When it comes to motor milestones, the ones we seem to recall with perfect clarity are the quote-unquote “BIG ONES,” like a child taking their first steps, or a baby rolling over for the first time.

But crawling is one major milestone that can be overlooked. It’s like the sequel in an epic trilogy, often just seen as a setup for the finale (in this case, the big “W” – walking). If you don’t look too closely, crawling seems like just the awkward in-between phase, where they’re not really infants anymore, but they aren’t quite toddlers yet either.

Well, we’re here to tell you that crawling is much more than just a filler episode in your child’s development!

Here are some things you should know about crawling, why it’s so important, and what you can do to encourage your little one as they start this exciting road trip of motor skill development!

Laying the Groundwork

Babies don’t just go from zero to crawling in 6 months flat – a lot of preparation goes into a young one’s motor skills leading up to the milestone achievement of actually crawling.