Getting Your Baby to Crawl
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Your baby is on all fours and rocking back and forth. This is it! You have your phone out and ready to take a video. But alas, no...you are fooled again. He transitions quickly into a sitting position and you will just have to wait a little longer for your baby to be mobile. Perhaps you will google some ideas on "how to get your baby to crawl" and you'll come across Our First Year's blog post. You are in luck. This week, the Our First Year team is providing you with some ideas to encourage your baby to crawl.
Crawling is an important milestone in your baby’s development. Your baby will typically start to crawl between 7 and 10 months. Crawling is actually an involved motor skill in which your baby needs to develop muscle strength in their arms and legs to support their weight, as well as learning how to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs. You can start getting your baby to crawl, by you guessed it, giving them plenty of tummy time starting from birth. When babies are playing on their tummies, they are developing muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, back, and trunk (torso) that will help them learn to crawl. Usually babies will first get into a hands and knees position and just rock back and forth (this is when parents and caregivers get really excited). This helps to build strength and stability in both their arms and legs, especially at the shoulders and hips. It is also important that crawling takes place on their hands and knees. So how do you get your baby to crawl? Here are a few suggestions, which require you to get on the floor and play with your baby.
- Encourage your baby to reach for toys that interest them. This allows them to learn to weight shift, which is a prerequisite for crawling. As they begin to move you can push these toys farther away.
You want to encourage weight bearing through the hands and knees (quadruped position), so your baby can develop stability and control in this position. Your baby may first start out on their forearms and knees, though you can use a bolster or a small ball to promote stability and help them hold themselves up in the hands and knees position.
- You can make use of a towel or blanket that you place under your baby’s torso to give them support, but allowing their hands and knees to touch the floor. You hold the towel and move them along the floor. To increase motivation, make sure you have that OFY toy that they want to get.
- You can place your hands on the bottom of your baby’s feet behind them so they can push off from your hands. Yes, this will require you to get down on the floor and play with your baby, but make sure they are moving toward their favorite OFY toy and have room to explore.
- Lastly, please ensure that your baby has a safe, obstacle-free space to explore freely. Over time, you may want to change up the environment a bit; perhaps a park, indoor play space, and different floor surfaces to expose them to novel sensory experiences.
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Check back next week on our blog to find out why is it so important that your baby learns to crawl!