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By around 8-12 months, your baby will start to move more by crawling, climbing, standing, and cruising. The more practice your baby gets, the easier it will be for them to become confident in these skills.   

Crawling and Climbing 

Your baby might crawl backwards at first, but this is okay.  

Here are some tips to encourage crawling: 

  • Place toys just out of reach  

  • Chase your baby around or create an obstacle course using cushions or toys 

  • Try different surfaces like grass, carpet and sand  

  • Hold your child’s ankles and guide their feet up steps or ladders 



Before babies learn to walk, they need to become strong enough to hold their body up.  

Here are some tips to encourage standing: 

  • Use low furniture such as a couch or table to help your baby to pull themselves up to stand  

  • Place toys on a table or use objects such as building blocks to encourage bending 

  • Make sure to remove anything that can break easily from your baby’s reach.   


Cruising is when your baby starts to move around while holding onto pieces of furniture. Instead of holding onto their hands, hold your child around the hips to support them.  

Some other tips: 

  • Provide the environment for cruising – low, stable furniture or equipment  

  • Keep practicing crawling while your baby is starting to cruise 


For more information on movement and play ideas for babies visit Raising Children:  

Related pages: 

Baby play time 

Play ideas 

Toddler play ideas 1-2 years