Do you know when your baby knows how to crawl? How to encourage baby to practice crawling and when moms need to worry if your baby doesn’t know crawling yet? The following article will give mom answers and more on this topic.
When does he know how to crawl?
Parents always feel excited and proud when their baby reach important development milestones. These milestones indicate that your baby is on track to grow and develop in the right direction, and it is natural for parents to be proud and happy for this.
Crawling is one of the milestones that many parents expect. However, besides the joy of seeing baby grow up, parents also become more worried because once the baby starts crawling, a whole new path of independence is also started. Parents will have to watch more baby!
However, keep in mind that every baby is unique and so do their development. Some baby can reach certain development milestones earlier than the average age and others later. Some baby even skip the cow training period. This is completely normal.
Why is crawling period important for babys?
According to Dr. Rallie McAllister, one of the authors of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, and other experts, the crawling stage is important because many reasons:
- Crawling contributes to your baby’s overall development because this skill requires a combination of brain and body use.
- Help strengthen muscles for babies, especially the muscles in the back, neck, shoulders, arms and abdomen. In fact, these muscles need to be enough for a baby to start crawling.
- Supporting eyesight for both eyes. Because when he crawls, he needs to use both eyes at the same time to focus on his “target” point.
- Your baby’s navigation and memory skills are improved through crawling. Dr. McAllister explains, for example, that your baby will discover that he or she must walk around the table and then go through the recliner to the toy basket.
- When your baby crawls, their arms and legs will be exercised and coordinated – this will help them prepare for later learning to walk faster.
- Help your baby develop independent sense and decision-making skills, when he or she finds a destination and a way to get there.
When does your baby start learning how to crawl and how do he or she learns to crawl?
First, remember that not all babies go through crawling. Many baby skip this stage completely and go straight to the stage of standing and walking.
However, the common period for babies to practice crawling is between 6 and 10 months of age. Signs of being ready to crawl in babies are:
- Stand still without any support (about 8 months old)
- Her hands are strong enough to hold her body, almost like she is doing a push up.
- Balance on both arms and knees.
- Able to push forward and backward with his arms and knees
As soon as you see these signs in your baby, it is very likely that it is time for your baby to begin his crawling phase! Your baby will start by moving with both hands and feet from a sitting position. Once your baby has mastered pushing forward or back with his arms and knees, he will find a way to lift his arms and knees to move forward in the first crawling movements.
When babies can crawl proficient, they always know how to coordinate arms and legs on both sides of the body symmetrically, instead of from the same side. Babies can gain this skill at about 12 months of age.
Remember that not all babies crawl to the finish line. Some babies move on their buttocks, stomach and even rolling.
Finally, moms should not worry about how your baby is moving. The important thing is that your baby has learned to move. As long as the baby knows how to coordinate and use 2 hands and 2 legs together, then the mother does not need to worry.
Abdominal exercises and crawls
Every parent knows about the importance of abdominal exercises for the baby’s physical development. These exercises are especially needed before your baby is crawling.
They help your baby lift his or her own head, thereby developing and strengthening the certainty of the neck, arms, torso and shoulders. Your baby’s legs and hips are also enhanced when he uses his small legs in abdominal exercises.
With all muscle growth through abdominal exercises, your baby will easily crawl.
Mom encourages him to move forward by placing a toy in front of and out of his reach while he is experiencing abdominal exercises. Soon, the baby will crawl forward with his stomach to come to the toy, and then he will quickly learn to crawl.
Notes on safety for babies when crawling
Baby safety seems to take it to a whole new level when they start to crawl.
All things in the house must be protected to avoid endangering the baby before crawling. Remember, even spots your baby could not reach in the past – such as the kitchen or furniture – will soon be able to reach him or her until he or she can hold on.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Do not leave hot drinks and food by the table or kitchen.
- When cooking, make sure the handle of the pot is turned towards the back of the stove and remind all household members to do so.
- Tighten microwave door with baby-resistant latch.
- Keep all cleaning chemicals out of the reach of your baby. They should be stored in wall cabinets where they cannot reach them.
- Do not buy or give baby clothes with drawstring or ribbons that could be loose. They are at risk of trapping their baby, especially when they crawl around.
- Remove all hanging and moving toys from above your baby’s crib as he or she knows to crawl, as he will try to grab them and may fall off the crib.
- Use covers for all sockets within reach of baby
- Block the balcony exit if you live in a high-rise apartment. Install a safety net for indoor windows.
- Make sure the curtain cords are not hanging down to the ground. This is a great danger for crawling and curious babies.
- Access to all unsafe areas must be blocked (especially stairs and the kitchen. Trash cans must also be placed where baby cannot reach them.
- When your baby is practicing standing, do not use tablecloths indoors. Baby can pull towels and everything on the table will fall as well.
- Fix all furniture that your baby can hold onto (for example, bookshelves, television) to the wall.
- Cover all corner objects in the house. Especially the low angle coffee tables.
- Get rid of all harmful indoor plants.
To check if there are still dangers to your baby, try walking with your hands and knees, at eye level, and look carefully to see if you have missed anything.
Where should the baby crawl?
Mother can try her best to keep her in the area of a rug or a blanket when she crawls. Babies may listen to this “arrangement” at first, but once they feel their own “free power” of movement, nothing will stop them from moving freely!
Mom, let me crawl wherever I want in the house, of course, I still have to be safe.
If you are concerned that your baby’s soft knee skin may get rough and dull due to rubbing the floor too often, always wear thin, cotton or tights to protect your baby’s knees . Mothers can also buy specially designed knee pads for babies when crawling.
Babies do not learn to crawl, when does the mother need to worry?
As mentioned above, some baby skip the crawling stage and “skip” to the next stage of learning to walk. Some babies also start crawling at a later age, especially if they are born prematurely.
I will only need to worry if your baby is 1 year old and still not showing any interest in moving on their own. If the baby is still developing well, there is no sign of slowing, although “hiding” the cow but still continue to complete the usual milestones such as standing, walking and running, the parents need not be too worried .
If the baby is unable to move their arms and legs in a coordinated way, and if the baby seems unable to support body weight or does not have enough energy to move around, parents should see a doctor immediately as this This could be a sign that your baby has muscle weakness.
Hope this article helps parents. Please share with us when your baby knows when to crawl? And what did mom do to support this developmental stage for the baby!