The baby usually starts to crawl between 6 and 10 months, because in this phase he can already lie on his stomach with his head held high and he already has enough strength in his shoulders and arms, and also in his back and trunk to crawl.
Therefore, if the baby already has some interest in crawling and can already sit alone, without support, his caregivers can help him crawl with some simple strategies, such as the ones below.
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- Lift the baby up in the air: while talking or singing to him, because this causes him to contract the abdominal muscles that will help him learn to crawl;
- Leaving the baby most of the time on the floor, lying on his stomach : avoiding placing the baby in the highchair or highchair, makes the baby get used to the floor and develops greater muscular strength in the shoulders, arms, back and trunk, preparing to crawl;
- Put a mirror in front of the baby when the baby is lying on his stomach: because this makes him attracted by his image and is more willing to approach the mirror;
- Put the baby’s toys a little away from him : so that he tries to get it by himself.
- Place one hand on the sole of the baby’s foot , when he is already on his stomach: This will make him naturally, when stretching, force against the hands and crawl.
- Crawling beside the baby : when observing how it is done, the baby tends to want to imitate the movement, facilitating his learning.
Most babies start to crawl at 6 months, but each child develops in a different way and you cannot compare your development with that of other children. However, if the baby is 8 months old and still cannot crawl, there may be a delay in development, which should be investigated by the pediatrician.
How to ensure the safety of the crawling baby
To ensure the safety of the baby that is crawling, and discovering a new world in front of you, you must:
- Cover all wall outlets and eliminate all wires that may cause accidents;
- Remove objects that the baby may swallow, trip over or hurt;
- Dress the baby in clothes that facilitate his movement;
- Do not leave sheets and blankets on the floor that could suffocate the baby.
A good tip is to put your own knee pads for the baby to prevent the knees from turning red and put on socks or shoes so that the feet do not get cold.
In addition, the shoes of the baby that is crawling should be reinforced in the front to protect the little fingers and to have greater durability. See other precautions you should take when buying baby shoes from now on: Know the characteristics of the best baby shoes .
After the baby is able to crawl alone, it is likely that in a few months he will begin to venture out and want to walk, standing on the shelf or on the couch, training his body balance. In this next phase of child development it may seem tempting to put the baby on a walker so that he learns to walk faster, however this is not ideal. Understand why baby walkers are not recommended .