Most babies start to learn how to crawl between 6 and 11 months. With the usual reciprocal crawl, your baby moves around on both their hands and knees. However, your little one might take to another style of mobility like shuffling around on their bum, slithering on the stomach, or rolling. The benefits of crawling include developing postural control, balance, and manipulation of the body. Babies should be encouraged to crawl along with a variety of surfaces for tactile stimulation. Following our fun tips to encourage your baby to crawl and help build up their strength.
Create an Easy Obstacle Course
This is the perfect time to get down on all fours with your baby and climb over cushions for indoor play. Climbing over or around obstacles like pillows helps develop your baby’s muscles and body joints. Your child will also appreciate the moral support and you’ll enjoy a different view.
Baby Treasure Hunts
Build a cave by using either a big box or by placing a blanket over a coffee table and put your little one’s favorite toy deep down in the cave. After that, guide your child to the place you hide it and let them find their toys on their own. By doing this, you’ll be creating an opportunity for your baby to sense space and problem-solve by figuring out a way to get to the toy and make it out of “the cave”. Plus, this also increases your baby’s curiosity.
Practice Tummy Time
Let your baby lie on the tummy on a soft beach ball with your hands around their hips. Now, elevate your baby so they can walk on their hands with tummy supported by the ball. Also, you can use an inflatable cylinder for this exercise. Rolling over a ball or the inflatable cylinder helps your baby’s arms carry their weight. If you roll the ball backward your baby will be moving backward on their knees.
Do Baby Sit-ups
To build the strength of your baby’s hands, place a soft blanket with your legs in a “V” and gently place your baby on their back in front of you. With their feet facing you, take their hands and allow your child to grasp your fingers for support while you help them do sit-ups.
Encourage your Paratrooper
Form a triangle from a tea towel or toweling nappy and place it on the floor. Gently place your baby on the tummy on the rectangle with its ends sticking out on both sides, and gradually pull the ends upwards. Your baby’s body will automatically move into an all-fours position. Their hands and knees should touch the ground before you gently rock your baby forwards and backward. Do this daily, until your baby starts to show signs of pushing up to crawl.
We hope these tips will help your baby on the way to learn how to crawl and finally walking. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comments!