Oh, what joy when you discover your baby reaching one milestone after another! From being a helpless little cutie, soon enough, you’ll see your child crawling. This is such an exciting thing for every parent for sure, to witness physical development in their baby.
Babies experience a sense of independence once they learn how to crawl. Before, the only means for them to go from one section of the room to another is when you carry them. But now, they can do it themselves by crawling. No wonder they enjoy mastering this skill more and more!
So when do babies crawl, anyway? Here, we look into the common age when this milestone occurs, what to expect, and how to keep your child safe while experimenting with crawling.
Is My Baby Not Too Late or Too Advanced in Learning Crawl?
As simple as it may seem, crawling is definitely a seriously challenging task for every child. It’s not just a physical thing but it also involves your baby’s mind and focus. Initially, your child will need to have strong core muscles, neck, back, arms and shoulders to be able to crawl. This will give her ample support to lift herself up and stay balanced.
In addition to all of these, your baby also needs to have good vision to be able to crawl. In fact, babies use their binocular vision when they crawl. In other words, they use both of their eyes to stay focused on a certain target.
What they do is they look at a certain distance and then back at their hands, studying their depth perception. This is why crawling provides your child with a nice mental, as well as a physical workout.
It is this skill that promotes babies how to attain their navigational skills. They also kind of memories facts this way, in a sense that they remember how to go around from one place to another after doing it a couple of times or so.
Now, most parents are wondering when do babies crawl considering how important this skill is. The truth is, it happens differently from one baby to another. There are kids who crawl at 6 months of age while others don’t learn how it’s done until they are 10 months old.
Interestingly, some babies even don’t even get to the crawling phase because they are also stepping in other milestones at this point including walking, cruising, and pulling up or standing.
Teaching Your Child How to Crawl
But if you are concerned, and you want to encourage your child to crawl, you can do this by providing him with plenty of tummy time. What this means is that you give him plenty of opportunities and really encourage him to lift his head so he can have a good look around. This also allows your child to strengthen his shoulders, core, arms, and neck.
Each time your child lays on his tummy and kicks back his feet, this will help strengthen his legs and hips. There are babies, however, that are not really fond of being on their tummy. In this case, you have to make this fun for them by giving them interesting things to do while having tummy time.
You can consider placing his favorite toy a little farther from his grasp, then lie down just in front of your little one to keep him engaged. Another variation of this is by lying on the tummy sidewards and talk to your child while playing with him.
When he begins to try to lift himself up to a slight pushup using his knees and hands, this would mean he’s ready to start crawling soon! He will start rocking backward and forward, and before he knows it, he will start moving from this direction and crawl as he pushes himself hard enough using his knees!
Interesting Styles of Crawling Babies Make
Initially, you may notice the way your child crawls seems a little strange. There are different styles of crawling such as the classic crawl where they move their one arm and then the opposite leg at the same time, causing them to push forward. They may also scoot and drag their bottom from across the floor. Others do the so-called commando crawl by lying on their tummy and using both arms to move in a forward motion. Others may also crawl sideways, or do the crab crawl.
No matter what style of crawling your child makes, it does not one style is better than the other or that there is something wrong with your child. He is basically just experimenting with these different movements he is starting to learn, so do encourage him to keep learning.
He will also feel excited each time he discovers something interesting and feels disappointed whenever you take that object away from him. At certain points, he may be frustrated whenever there’s something blocking his path and preventing him from getting to it. These are all signs that your child would eventually want to learn how to crawl and get more engaged with that item he wishes to get closer to.
Crawling is one of those things your child does that gives him a sense of independence. While he may be starting a little slow, when he pulls himself up to stand, next thing you know, he will be walking and running. One milestone after another is surely something to look forward to for every parent!
But just as super exciting all these may be to you, be sure to be prepared and stay cautious to keep your little one safe as he explores the world around him more and more. Baby proof the house and make sure that if he lands on the floor after learning to crawl, the area is smooth, cushy, and free from sharp objects that can cause him injuries. Non-slip rugs can help and prevent any loose splinters that can definitely hurt your child.
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