Every parent wishes that their baby starts scrawling as soon as possible. As crawling is baby’s first method of being mobile and independent. Parents should learn to be patient and help the baby to crawl instead of forcing her to crawl.
When do babies start crawling?
Most babies learn to crawl between the ages of seven – ten months. By this time the babies can hold their head up to look around, their arms, legs, and back muscles are strong enough to keep them from falling on the floor when they get up on their hands and knees
A baby may opt for another method of motion around this time, though – like bottom shuffling i.e. moving his bum to strengthen his muscles, using a hand behind and a foot in front to propel himself, slithering on his stomach, or rolling across the room.
Your baby will gradually learn to move more confidently from a sitting position to being on the crawling position, and she’ll soon realize she can rock back and forth when her limbs are straight and her trunk is parallel to the floor.
Somewhere around 9 or 10 months, she’ll figure out that pushing off with her knees gives her just the boost she needs to go mobile. As she practices more, she’ll slowly & gradually learn to go from a crawling position back into a sitting position. By the time she is one year old she learn to crawl perfectly and soon she will move on to the next benchmark of walking.
Every baby is different. Every baby has an individual style, so it is unimportant to think about the right method of crawling. Some babies may skip crawling all together and instead move directly to pulling up, standing and walking with supports of furniture or people.
How can I help my baby to crawl?
- Tummy time
Placing your baby on her tummy and playing with her for several minutes a few times a day while she’s awake and alert will help to develop muscles that she needs to crawl. Tummy time can also prevent a flat spot from developing on her head, which sometimes happens when infants spend a lot of time on their backs.
- Encourage her to move
The best way to encourage crawling is with reaching and grabbing. Keep toys and other objects she loves (even yourself) just beyond your baby’s reach. This will help improve her confidence, speed, and agility. Just don’t leave her alone – if she gets stuck under a pillow or box, she’ll be scared and may be in danger of smothering. Be alert and around the baby when she is learning to crawl, to avoid accidents.
- Massage baby’s legs
Focus on massaging the calves of the babies. When the calves’ muscles get strengthened then the baby can exert more pressure while crawling. Massaging also relieves the pain in baby’s legs because of constant exertion. You can use a oil or baby cream for the same.
- Childproof your home
A crawling baby becomes very naughty as she is overwhelmed with her new mobility. Make sure your house is childproofed, with a special attention provided to shutting the entry points of the staircases. Your baby will be drawn to stairs, but they can be dangerous, so keep them off-limits until she’s really mastered walking (usually by about 18 months).
What if the babies doesn’t crawl altogether?
Some babies don’t crawl but they start pulling themselves, usually these kind of babies straight away start walking and skip crawling completely. But if your baby is not trying at all to achieve any means of mobility then it is a matter of concern. Consult your doctor regarding the same. Premature babies can crawl or walk later than full term babies.