Thursday, 21 September 2017
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Baby Development Milestones: The Ultimate Guide to Crawling

Every stage of a baby’s development is completely exciting but the real fun actually begins the moment when they start crawling. This phase will be a new learning experience and you should be ready for it. Crawling will be the baby’s first way of getting around on their own and this will be a natural step after they are done with rolling over and sitting upright. Knowing about when should babies crawl is an excellent idea. However, you should also note that some babies skip this phase entirely and head straight to cruising, standing and walking. If you are wondering what to expect, here is everything you need to know about crawling.

When Should You Expect Your Baby To Start

Crawling?

Most babies are expected to start crawling when they reach seven months old or when they are ten months old. You baby could opt for a different method of moving like bottom shuffling or slithering on their stomach, which is just as good, as long as they are trying to move. You should not worry about their style of movement. Remember, it is the fact that they are moving that is important regardless of how they decide to do it. If the baby is using all his limbs equally on both side and learning how to coordinate them, then nothing should worry you.

What Are The Signs That Your Baby Is Preparing To

Crawl?

It is hard to predict when exactly the baby will start creeping then crawling. However, there are a few signs you can examine. At this point, your baby will have mastered rolling over on their own and sitting up without assistance. Watch how babies sit up. If you see them resting their face down on their hands with their butt high in the air, this is usually a sign that they are definitely trying to move.

How Can You Help Your Baby Crawl?

Incentives to move- If you want to encourage your child to crawl, the best thing you could do is place desirable toys and objects beyond their reach so they can go for them. You can also use boxes or pillows to create obstacle courses for them. Doing so will help babies improve their agility, speed, and confidence. When you decide to do this, do not leave them on their own.

Tummy time- you should give babies a lot of tummy time even before they begin to crawl. This simply means that you place them on their tummy. Then you play with them while in that position so they develop the muscles they need to crawl. Tummy time will also benefit the baby in preventing a flat spot from developing which happens when babies spend too much time on their back.

Childproofing- When babies start crawling, they are bound to get into mischief. You need to childproof your home and especially on the stairs. They will definitely be drawn to stairs and this can be very dangerous. Keep the stairs off limits. Keep any other danger zones covered and the best ways to find them is by going on all fours yourself. Keep dangling cords, easily accessible house cleaners, sharp corners or anything breakable away from them. In summary, keep items that the baby may yank or pull away from the baby.

Different Types of Crawls

Different babies normally prefer different crawling styles, which is okay. Babies can propel themselves forward and even backward in many ways, but here are the most common crawling ones.

• The classic crawl- babies put weight on their hands and knees. Then they move one arm and one leg in tandem. This is also known as cross crawling and it helps the baby to balance.

• Bear crawl- This one occurs when babies walk on all fours keeping their elbows and knees straight. They move as though they are a little bear cub.

• Belly crawl- This is also called the commando crawl. In this case, babies drag their belly along the floor while they move. This is also very common among babies.

• Crab crawl- You will not miss this one because it will is very interesting. Babies will crawl using their hands to scurry back and forth. They will push themselves using just one leg out on their side. Additionally, they will keep their leg bent in front of the body. This is what makes it crab like.

• Bottom scoot- Babies will scoot on their padded bottom and they will use their arms to propel themselves forward.

• Rolling crawl- This occurs when they make 360 rolls to get to where they want to be. There will be a master roller.

When If the Baby Fails to Crawl

You are probably quite excited waiting for the time to come when the baby will start crawling. Do not be too alarmed by this because it is okay for some babies to skip this phase entirely. Contrary to what most people believe, crawling is not a highly significant milestone. In fact, some babies bypass it and instead, they simply start walking.

However, that said, if at seven months, your baby is still floppy then you should have some level of concern regarding his development. This level of concern should increase if your child cannot support his weight while standing. In this case, it is wise to visit your pediatrician. Keep an eye on your baby’s progression. If he goes for a few months without new developments, then you should worry. You should head over to see your GP.

What Comes Next After Your Baby Crawls?

Once babies master crawling, they will learn how to walk. They will start by pulling themselves up on everything they can reach on in order to stand. As soon as they are able to balance on their feet, they will start cruising around while holding on to furniture or the people around. After this, it will only be a matter of time until they are actually walking and eventually running.

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