Crawling has always been a major milestone for your little one. From the moment he was born, all he does is depend on you so he can move around. Crawling is very essential and exciting for baby because this is his first step towards being more independent, towards discovery of movements he is capable of, towards understanding of physical development and adventure he could explore. As a mommy, all we want is to know when will this milestone take place and what can we do to be of help to our baby at this time of success?
Tips to Help Baby Crawl
Around 4 months old, constantly put your baby on a tummy time. If he can already bear the weight of his head, things will be easier for him. He will start moving and explore how to crawl.
•Let him Discover What He Can Do
At 6 months or above, your baby may start to actually pull his legs, bend his knees, push himself through his elbows or arms and move around little by little until he can successfully pull himself up in a crawling position. He will get excited once he discover this capability and so he will tirelessly repeat it until he could already master the act.
•Let Baby Practice
What you can do at this point is to support your baby. Give him lots of tummy time to encourage him. Let him practice crawling in a surface where he won’t hurt himself if he’d stumble down. During tummy time, motivate him to practice crawling by placing his favorite toy in front of him but a little far to encourage him to try moving and pushing forward until he reach it.
•Provide Proper Place and Space
Give him proper space to crawl around without too much obstacles to block his way. You may also consider using knee and elbow pads so that he wont hurt those areas even if he spends much time in practicing how to crawl. Getting on the floor together with your baby is a nice way of showing your support too as it would help him gain more confidence seeing you are there, ready to catch him whenever he falls around.
Crawling may seem a simple task for us to do, but for your baby, he needs so much more than that. The muscular strength of his body should be developed to support him. He should also have the ability to balance and coordinate his movements altogether so he won’t stumble and fall. This is not that easy for him so he needs to practice the skill to master it. Be there with him all the way as he finally takes his first move towards his own independence.