Crawling is a skill that almost all little ones achieve. We say almost all the little ones because there are babies who go directly from the sitting position to the standing position and from there to walking. Although these cases are minor and it is not usually the norm. The usual thing is that the little ones start to crawl, although if you see that your child has a bit of trouble, then the ideal is that you help him do it.
Each child is unique so some begin to crawl earlier than others, and as we have said in the previous paragraph, there are also those who never crawl and nothing happens as long as they have good physical development. Typically, from 6 to 10 months, babies begin to turn on their stomachs and have strength in their muscles to start crawling when you least expect it. There are babies who crawl on their bottom, others on their belly, others on their side, others push themselves with their legs. There are many ways to crawl and if there is not a physical problem they are all correct! Here are some tips to help your baby crawl, and it will start right when he feels ready!
Put it upside down every day for a while.
The most important thing you can do to help your child crawl is to keep him on his stomach for a little while each day. In this way, he will make force with his neck and little by little he will gain enough strength to be able to crawl since his muscles will be beginning to develop correctly. The muscles of the neck, legs, back and arms will begin to have the necessary strength. Put it in a safe place that it cannot fall if it starts rolling.
Play with your hands up.
Another way to help strengthen your baby’s muscles is to have him play with his hands up. To do this, put his hands on a pillow or on a stuffed animal for a while while he is on his stomach but without it being too long not to hurt him, it should be easy for him. To make it more fun you can encourage him to put his hands on elevated objects like toys while sitting. You will have to be very attentive to prevent your baby from falling backwards.
Lift your baby off the floor
Help your little one train his legs by gently lifting him off the ground (a bit alone). You can lift him by the arms or armpits little by little, but without his feet leaving the ground. This way your baby will have the opportunity to practice the movement of walking thus strengthening his legs.
Put your baby in front of a mirror
Babies love to look in the mirror because of their innate curiosity. Besides, spending moments in front of the mirror is a lot of fun, it can end in great laughter! This will help you investigate your reflection and allow you to almost inadvertently hold onto and reach towards the mirror practicing balancing and supporting movements.