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When Do Babies Start to Crawl?

Babies start crawling around the 9-month marker or later. Some begin as early as 6 or 7 months, while some take their sweet time putting four on the floor. And other babies, in fact, bypass crawling altogether — going straight from sitting up to walking.

Keeping Your Crawling Baby Safe

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Once your little one starts crawling, you might be surprised at just how soon he will be able to move fast. Covering your baby’s knees with stretchy pants or comfy leggings may help him keep up the pace and avoid painful rug burn or scratches. Be ready for sudden accelerations by taking away hazards and breakables from his path. Keep a close watch on him at all times. Make sure the home is childproofed for a newly moving baby. (Getting down on all fours yourself and seeking for trouble at his level is a good step).

What not to worry about: Creeping is not even included in most assessments of developmental progress. So if your little one is a late crawler (or never crawls at all), it is not a cause for concern. However, if he is also behind in other developmental areas, such as social interactions, language or other motor skills, or if he is not able to use both sides of his body equally well, bring it up with his doctor.

Baby’s First Words

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Your Baby’s first words are an important milestone, particularly when waiting for that first real “mama”. Your little one’s first words are likely to happen after a couple of months of vocalizing and verbal experimentation. From growls to coos to sing-songy combinations of consonants and vowels. But listen closely and one day you will hear it: the first “real” word. By eight months, your baby will probably start stringing together “mama” sounds without necessarily knowing what they convey. But when those sounds begin to transform into words with meaning, it is a developmental milestone that feels like magic.

When do Babies Start Talking?

Babies begin talking — that is, attempt to express oneself in words with meaning — anywhere between 8 and 14 months. Some perfectly normal children do not say a recognizable word until they are 18 months, whereas some kids begin to communicate in words or word-sounds (“da-da” for dog or doll or dad or “ba-ba” for bye-bye bottle or ball) as early as seven months. “Da-da” seems to be slightly easier for munchkins to say than “ma-ma.” So do not be surprised, Mum, if Dad (or the family dog) is the honored subject of your little one’s first “real” word.

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