Crawling is such an exciting and important milestone for your baby. Not only is your baby finally on the move, but crawling is great for your baby’s development too!
Crawling helps to develop the core muscles, as well as the shoulder and the pelvic girdle . It is also great for teaching your baby how to use both sides of his body together.
Most babies begin to crawl around 9 months old, some sooner and some later.
Here are some tips on how to get your baby to crawl:
Giving your baby adequate tummy time will get your baby used to being on his tummy and help to build all the right muscles that he will need for crawling. You can put your baby over your knee with his knees bent and let him play with a toy. This will get your baby used to the crawling position.
Place A Towel Under Your Baby’s Chest
While your baby is having tummy time place a rolled up towel under your baby’s chest. If your baby is keen to get moving but does not yet have the strength to lift himself up you can help your baby by lifting him up a little bit using the ends of the towel.
Put your baby’s favorite toy just out of reach while your baby is having some tummy time. This will encourage your baby to crawl forward to reach the toy.
Very often your baby may be using his arms to try get moving but not his legs. Put your hands behind his feet giving him a platform to push off which will help him to start using his legs and make it easier to get started.
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