You will feel proud of your baby when they reach a milestone in their development. Crawling is one of the most important milestones for your baby’s motor skills development. It marks that your baby is growing up in a good way and becoming more independent. Although it may look simple, the process of learning how to crawl is quite complex for your baby. They will need a little help to get used to this kind of movement. Let’s discover the things you should know about baby crawling.
When will your baby start to crawl?
Most babies start learning to crawl when they are 6 – 10 months old. At this period, your baby has learned how to sit properly and ready to move by themselves. You may see your baby start to get up on all four and lean back and forth. Your little one may stay in this state for weeks before they manage to crawl. However, your baby is unique and so are their ways of growing up. Some babies know how to crawl sooner, some know later, some even skip this step and start to stand up. Your baby weight may also affect the time your baby starts crawling.
The reason why crawling is important
When learning to crawl, your baby also learns to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs and develop the muscle strength in their arms, shoulders, and legs to support their weight. As your baby crawls to their favorite toys, their head will be up and their ability to focus on a target will be developed. Your baby’s ability to make a decision will also grow.
Crawling backward is a big step forward
At first, you may see your baby crawl backward instead of moving forwards. As babies try to shift their weight to a different direction to crawl, there are chances that they will go backward first, and then learn how to crawl forwards. Your baby may feel frustrated and cry as they somehow find themselves moving far from their toys. But don’t worry, your little ones are strong warriors, they will figure out how to move forward soon.
The crawling poses
There’s no such thing as “weird crawling poses”. Your baby will learn to crawl in different types of positions. Here are some common poses which you may see them familiar with your baby’s:
The Classic crawl: your baby alternates a hand on one side and a knee on the other to keep moving.
The Crab pose: Your baby bends one knee and extends the opposite leg to move
The Commando: Your baby lying flat on their belly and drag themselves toward the target with their arms
The Roll: Some baby often roll to move as their muscles are not strong enough to help them get up on all fours
How to help your baby learn to crawl.
Here are some tips to help your baby gain their crawling skill
- Tummy time is the key: You should try to give your baby plenty of tummy time since their birth. Your baby will develop their muscle in shoulders, back, arm and chest that will help them in crawling
- Guide your baby: Your baby will mimic a lot of actions of you, so you should crawl as an example to guide them
- Give your baby a target: Place your baby’s favorite toys a little far from your baby reach. Encourage your baby to move toward their targets and adjust the distance.
Learning to crawl needs time so don’t try to push your baby too hard. Do you have any other tips or hacks for other mothers? Let us know in the comment