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What’s Your Baby’s Crawl Style?

Starting to crawl is a huge deal for your tot - and each baby has a different way of doing it. From the crab crawl to the bottom scoot crawl, see if you recognise your baby’s style…
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Belly crawl

Belly crawlers shimmy along on their stomachs using their elbows to propel them forward. If this is your baby’s crawl style, you’re not alone – about half of babies begin crawling this way. [Alamy]
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Crab crawl

Little crab crawlers use their arms to push them forward – rather than pull. Annoyingly for them, it tends to mean that they’re sent backwards rather than moving forwards. [Corbis]
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Leapfrog crawl

This is a funny one: your baby’s a leapfrog crawler if he arranges his arms and legs to make a bridge shape and then thrusts forward. [Corbis]
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Bottom crawl

Sat upright, a bottom crawler pushes his hands on the floor to his sides and scoots his bum along the floor. [Alamy]
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Snake crawl

No arms or legs are needed for this slow-going maneuver - just a whole load of determination. Snake crawlers use their hips and shoulders to help them move (incredibly slowly). [Corbis]
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The classic crawl

If there was a ‘normal’ crawl style, this would be it. Your baby moves forward using the alternate side arm and leg at the same time. [Corbis]
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Reverse crawl

While it’s fun for parents to watch their baby crawl backwards, it’s not as amusing for a baby who doesn’t understand why he isn’t getting where he wants to go… [Corbis]
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Bear crawl

Legs and arms outstretched, bear crawlers move around in a stiff, slightly awkward fashion. But what isn’t awkward about a baby learning to get around? [Corbis]
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Confident crawl

A mix of a few different crawling styles, the confident crawler will get from A to B in whatever way they can. [Corbis]
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The roll

Why crawl when you can roll? Some babies simply roll to where they want to go. [Corbis]
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