Crawling is a milestone that almost every little one achieves. We say almost all the little ones because there are babies who go directly from the sitting position to the standing position and from there to walking. Although these cases are minor and not usually the norm. The usual thing is that the little ones start to crawl, although if you see that your child has a little trouble, then the ideal is that you help him to do it.
Each baby is unique in their crawling
Each child is unique so some begin to crawl before others, and as we said in the previous paragraph, there are also those who never crawl and nothing happens as long as they have a good physical development. Typically, between 6 and 10 months, babies begin to turn on their stomachs and have strength in their muscles to start crawling when you least expect it.
There are babies who crawl on their butt, others on their belly, others on their sides, others push themselves with their legs… there are many ways to crawl and if there is no physical problem they are all correct! Here are some tips to help your baby crawl, and he’ll start right when he feels ready!
Tips to help your child crawl
If your baby is between 6 and 10 months old, it is normal for you to be expectant to see when he starts to crawl. To make it easier, don’t miss these tips:
Put him face down for a little while every day
The most important thing you can do to help your child crawl is to leave him face down for a little while every day. In this way, he will force his neck and little by little he will gain enough strength to be able to crawl since his muscles will be beginning to develop correctly. The muscles in his neck, legs, back, and arms will begin to gain strength. Put him in a safe place where he can’t fall if he starts to roll.
Playing with your hands up
Another way to help strengthen your baby’s muscles is to have him play with his hands up. To do this, put his hands on a pillow or on top of a stuffed animal for a while while it’s upside down but not too long so as not to hurt it, it should be easy for him.
To make it more fun you can encourage him to put his hands on raised objects like toys while sitting. You will have to be very careful to prevent your baby from falling backwards.
Lift your baby off the ground
Help your little one train his legs by gently lifting him off the ground (a bit on his own). You can lift him by the arms or armpits little by little, but without his feet taking off the ground. This way your baby will have the opportunity to practice the movement of walking, thus strengthening his legs.
Put your baby in front of a mirror
Babies like she loves to look at herself in the mirror because of her innate curiosity. In addition, spending moments in front of the mirror is a lot of fun, it can end in great laughter! This will help you investigate your reflection and allow you to almost inadvertently hold on and reach towards the mirror by practicing balance and support movements.
Toys help crawling
Toys are great allies that can promote the impulse of crawling, or at least motivation. For little ones, toys will be like small rewards and they will try to reach them as they stretch. You can also place the toys a bit out of their reach during playtime, which will make them want to grab them so they can continue playing.