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  • Writer's pictureJustin Prenioslo

The Crucial Role of Crawling in Baby Development

Crawling is often seen as just a milestone on the path to walking, but its significance goes far beyond mere locomotion. It plays a crucial role in your baby's development, offering a wide range of benefits that lay the foundation for future skills. While not all babies crawl, encouraging this stage of movement can lead to significant gains in physical and cognitive development.

Infant working on crawling in their own home to increase their gross motor skills with a physii.

The Benefits of Crawling

Crawling offers a host of benefits for your baby's development:

  1. Muscle Strengthening: Crawling helps strengthen the muscles in the shoulders, neck, and core, laying the groundwork for future gross motor skills.

  2. Reciprocal Pattern: The coordinated movement of crawling, involving opposite arm and leg movements, promotes bilateral coordination and balance.

  3. Crossing the Midline: Crawling requires your baby to cross the midline of their body, which is essential for brain development and coordination.

  4. Transitions: Learning to crawl makes it easier for babies to transition from sitting to standing and vice versa, as well as facilitating other motor skills like rolling and kneeling.

The Impact of Tummy Time

Babies who dislike tummy time or have limited opportunities to spend time on their stomachs may struggle with crawling. Tummy time not only strengthens the muscles needed for crawling but also helps babies develop the necessary coordination and motor skills. By providing ample opportunities for tummy time, you can support your baby's journey towards crawling and beyond.

Encouraging Crawling

Stork Mobile Physiotherapist helping a baby in boots for club foot to roll to enable the skills needed for crawling in their own home.

While some babies may skip crawling altogether and move straight to walking, promoting crawling can offer numerous developmental advantages. Encourage your baby to explore different textures and surfaces, provide plenty of opportunities for tummy time, and use toys or objects to motivate crawling movements. Celebrate each milestone along the way, whether it's a few tentative crawls or a full-on crawl across the room.

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For personalized guidance and support for your baby's movement development, contact Stork Mobile Physiotherapy at 587-606-2291 or schedule your appointment online here.


Crawling is more than just a step towards walking – it's a fundamental stage of development that lays the groundwork for future skills. By understanding the importance of crawling and providing opportunities for your baby to explore this movement, you can support their physical and cognitive growth. Remember, every baby develops at their own pace, so celebrate their progress and enjoy watching them reach each new milestone.


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