There are many people who debate whether a baby should really crawl, but many parents know that this activity is one of the major milestones infants should (BE ENCOURAGED) to master. It’s a key period when your baby becomes stronger, learns their surroundings, improves physical abilities, and ultimately gains valuable skills along with neck strength.
When Should Babies Crawl?
We normally expect babies to begin crawling around 7-11 months; some are earlier while others are a little later.
How to Teach Baby to Crawl – Basics
Very little information is available about teaching babies to crawl, however, there are a few proven techniques many use to get this done.
One technique focuses on encouraging your baby to be more tolerable to tummy time. You need to tolerate the cries of protest and know tummy time is needed. Start with 1-2 mins. Once baby seems more receptive to it, encourage more tummy time daily for longer periods.
3 points to help/ teach crawling
- Position on tummy. The very first thing any baby must master before there’s any hope of learning to crawl is being comfortable in the tummy lying position. You’ll get great results doing this if you talk to and play with your baby when she’s on the carpet or any other soft mat.
- Put together a soft rolled up towel and raise your child’s upper body from over the towel. The towel will lift the upper body off the ground to free the elbows and arms. The most important step is to get down and lay on the floor directly in front of your child and face her. Now, let your baby look at your face while you talk to, amuse, and encourage her to come forward, legs kicking, and arms wailing. Initially, getting nowhere is to be expected to start.
Using Your Legs
Sit down on the floor and stretch your legs out in front of you. Lie your baby on his tummy across both your legs – arms and upper body on one side of your legs and legs on the other side.
It’s safer to lay your baby across your upper legs where you can easily reach and handle her.
In this position your baby should be in the natural crawling stance.
This position allows your baby to carry some weight on both arms and knees thereby strengthening them at the same time. Once the arms and legs strengthen, crawling will come naturally.