Crawling is a very important milestone in the developmental process of your baby. When your baby starts to crawl it indicates many things. These factors include the ability of the baby to support him or her to a position where it enables him or her to move, the ability of your baby to move on his own without help and also the inclination of your baby to move towards objects and so on.
The first method of a baby to move around is crawling and this phase should be welcomed by the parents. Your child will show signs of beginning to crawl when he or she begins to support and balance him or her on the hands and knees. Once your baby is sure of the balance, he or she will try to move backwards and forwards by moving on the hands and knees.
Beneficial Aspects of Crawling
Babies’ crawling is an important indicator that your child is developing. During the first couple of years of your child, there are various important stages which indicate the developmental progress. Crawling is one such indicator.
Babies’ crawling also helps to strengthen and develop the bones and muscles of the legs. During this age, the bones of the baby’s body as well as the muscles are in their developmental stage. In other words, the muscles and bones on the baby are still forming. Thus it is important to encourage your child to start crawling. Crawling will help to strengthen the muscles of the legs as well as those of the arms of the baby.
The growth and strengthening of these muscles will help your baby to be able to walk later on. It is a basic step that your baby takes in order to prepare to stand up and start to walk without any help later on. Also, the crawling is a kind of exercise for the baby to keep him or her active and engaged. Crawling helps to keep the baby interactive and engaged and thus serves to develop his or her social skills.
The Development of Babies’ Crawling
Generally, babies start to crawl when they are about 6 to 10 months old. At this age, babies start to push themselves or try to support themselves on their hands and knees. Some babies try to push themselves while sitting on their bottoms. While a baby starts to crawl, he or she may even topple sideways or fall or tumble down.
This is quite natural since the baby has not yet been able to balance itself. When the baby wobbles while crawling, it is often best to let the baby pick itself up again without any help. This will teach your baby how to balance. Other babies try to move on their stomach. Some babies skip the crawling stage and try to life themselves up on their feet. It does not matter how your baby begins to crawl, what is important is that he or she tries to do it.
How Your Baby starts to Crawl
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Because of the beneficial aspects of babies’ crawling that is mentioned above, it is important that you insist you baby to crawl. When your baby is 6 or 7 months old, he or she will be at a stage where the baby can hold his or her head up and can also sit up without any support. At this time, it is natural for your baby to start to use his or her hands and feet to move around.
You can encourage your child to crawl by gesturing with your hands, waving to him. You can also put his or her toys or other desirable objects in front of the baby, just out of its reach and make the baby wants to move towards them. You can also place pillows, cushions and boxes all around so that your baby has to negotiate his way.
Babies can be very playful if you can play with them. Crawling is not a chore that he or she should have to do. Hence try to play with your baby to encourage him or her to crawl and support itself. Playing with baby will also increase his or her interest and make him or her to take a more active part in trying to move about.
Once your baby can sit up and support, it is only a matter of time before he or she starts to get down on hands and knees and try to move. As a parent it is natural that you may want to help your baby crawl by physically supporting or helping him or her when the baby falls down. However, it is advisable that you allow your baby to do these on his or her own.
Crawling and moving on their own do increase the confidence of babies in doing these actions. Also, being able to move on their own do help to develop greater mobility and thus develop their muscles. Learning to crawl will also develop the cognitive faculties of your child. As your child learns to move towards objects or away from objects, he or she will learn to handle the balance without external support. This will enable the baby to gain confidence in his or her arms and legs.
Safety Measures for Your Baby
When your baby starts to crawl there are certain safety measures that you need to adopt. In order to protect your child while crawling, you will need to baby proof the house. A child will use its hands and knees to get proper support and you need to remember that all parts of a baby’s body are sensitive and soft. Thus you will need to protect the palms of your baby and knees when the crawling starts.
The first thing that you can do is to lay down soft blankets made of flannel or other soft material so that the hard surface of the floor does not hurt your baby. Use cushions and pillows in areas which can make your baby fall. Also it is important not to leave your baby alone when the baby is moving because he or she may swallow something or get stuck in between pillows.
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