Does My Baby Really Need to Crawl?


Does My Baby Really Need to Crawl?

Crawling on hands and knees is an extremely important developmental milestone that should not be skipped. Crawling is important for a baby’s cognitive development, social-emotional development, gross motor development, fine motor development, and speech-language development. Here is how:


  • Crawling uses core muscles and therefore helps to strengthen them. A strong core is extremely important for posture and balance during sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Crawling encourages a child to explore their environment, sparks curiosity, and helps to improve problem solving skills.
  • Crawling helps to develop and improve shoulder stability and arm strength, which are important for climbing skills, handwriting skills, and getting dressed.
  • Crawling also helps to improve hip strength and alignment, which is also important for posture during upright mobility.
  • Crawling works on developing bilateral coordination (moving hands and knees synchronously) and allows both sides of the brain to work together.
  • During crawling, a baby uses their vision from a new perspective. This helps widen their visual field and helps to activate different areas of the brain important for development.
  • Crawling helps to develop fine motor skills. It helps to open a baby’s palms and strengthen the tiny muscles in their hands that are important for grasping, holding, and handwriting.

How can I help my baby to learn to crawl on their hands and knees?

  • More tummy time.
  • Limit the time the baby spends in car seats, walkers, and highchairs.
  • Placing toys just out of reach.

If you have questions regarding your child’s development. Please call us at 410-358-1997. For more info on Pediatric Physical Therapy click here.

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