Oh, baby. Your little one is changing so much in her first year of life. I've heard the quote "blink and you miss it" when it comes to the entirety of childhood, but that can especially be applied to those first precious months of life. With each milestone, your baby is growing and developing monumentally. One of the very first big milestones? Crawling. As she begins her quest to explore and get around on her own, there are 5 major signs your baby is ready to begin crawling.
Now, while most babies learn to crawl between 6 and 10 months of age, according to Parents, there's of course a wide variation here. The process of learning to be mobile is actually pretty complex, after all. Your baby will need to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs, then develop the muscle strength in their arms, shoulders, and legs to support their weight. Your baby may even opt for another method of mobility around this time, like bottom shuffling (scooting around on their bottom, using a hand behind and a foot in front to hoist themselves forward), slithering on their stomach like a snake (a cute one, of course!), or rolling across the room. Or, your baby may skip crawling all together, and that's OK. If you're at all concerned about your baby's development, consult your pediatrician.
In an interview with Romper, Amanda Gorman, a nurse practitioner, mother of two and founder of Nest Collaborative, a group of lactation consultants who provide affordable online breastfeeding support, shares her thoughts on signs to look out for when baby is about to begin crawling. Get ready, parents. This next stage of babyhood is quite the on-the-move adventure.