Watching your baby learn to crawl and move independently can be a truly memorable time. Take advantage of this brief period; before you know it, your little one will be pulling up, standing, and walking. Not every infant crawls in the traditional manner.
Different crawling styles include:
Classic hands-and-knees or cross crawl. This is when babies bear weight on their hands and knees, then moves one arm and the opposite knee forward at the same time.
Bear crawl. This looks like the classic crawl, but babies who do this keep their elbows and knees straight, walking on hands and feet like a bear.
Belly or commando crawl. Baby's who favor the military-style crawl move their bodies forward while dragging their bellies against the floor.
Bottom scooter. Babies scoot around on their bottom using their arms to move forward.
Crab crawl. Moving backward or sideways like a crab, babies propel themselves with their hands.
Rolling crawl. Babies with style of crawl get to their destination by rolling from one place to another.
Exploration and experiences affect a child's earliest learning, which shows why it's important for parents to encourage the development of their child's motor skills.
Tummy time provides a foundation for the skill of crawling. Floor time and crawling play an important role in your child's development!