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Moving around - motor development of babies and toddlers

move; roll; rolling; crawl; crawling; sit; sitting; walk; walking; stand; standing; develop; motor; ;


In thinking about the motor development of children, it is important to remember that children develop differently and at different rates. However, it is also important to know that children usually follow the same pattern of development. For example, a child learns to sit before he learns to walk, but the ages at which he sits or walks may be different from another child.

If a child is not following the patterns of motor development that are described in topics on the Raising Children Network website, that may be normal for that child, but it could be a sign that the child's development is not normal. If you are concerned that a child is not following this pattern of development, it may be useful to have the child assessed to see if there is a problem.

The Raising Children Network site has many topics on child development. Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government. 

Resources: South Australia 

  • Child and Family Health Centres. Call 1300 733 606 (9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) to make an appointment.
  • Parent Helpline: 1300 364 100.
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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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