Growth & Skill Development
My child has been crawling for about four months and seems to prefer crawling to standing. Is this okay?
No need to worry. Crawling actually helps a child develop the arm and leg strength necessary for balance in walking. Many children also find crawling a much more effective way to get around than the first slow steps of walking—so they’re bound to prefer it until their walking abilities improve.
Whether your child walks "early" or "late" has little to do with her future physical capabilities. The developmental process is different for each child, so remain supportive of her crawling activities. She’ll be walking before you know it!
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