05 Sep How to Support Your Baby During Their First Crawl?
Baby crawling is one of the most cherished milestones that your toddler can experience. It is a step in the right direction and when they start to crawl, you know that you’ve done your part as a good parent.
But, even if it may seem quite simple on the surface, the process of crawling is actually more complex than it seems. They might look like they’re starting to crawl, but they actually need a lot more time and support before they can do so.
Before anything else, you want to make sure that they are wearing protective baby clothes so that they won’t injure themselves when they do start the motion.
But, how exactly do you support your child during their first crawl? Read on to find out.
How Your Baby Learns to Crawl?
When you find that your baby is starting to do the crawling motion, in most cases, they will usually scoot backward before they can crawl forward. That is because they are still learning the entire process of doing the motion and would require numerous trials before they can successfully do so.
Although the process is not the same for babies, there are certain commonalities in cues that you have to be aware of. These are the:
- Crab- This is where your baby bends one knee and extends the other to help them move forward
- Classic- This is where your baby starts to crawl in a familiar; alternating fashion.
- Rolling Wonder- There are some babies that would roll over than crawl forward
- Commando- Some babies would crawl lying flat on their bellies and by using their arms, they can start moving forward
- Stride- There are babies that would start to ‘walk’ by striding a bit.
How to Support Your Baby?
- Pediatricians actually encourage parents to play with their babies with their tummies flat on the surface. Playing with them this way will allow them to develop their belly muscles in a way that increases muscle strength and endurance. IT also primes their supporting mechanisms (such as the arms, shoulders, torso, and back) to help them crawl much easier.
- If your baby is a couple of months old, you can start placing toys that they would like to reach. Doing so will encourage them to start crawling.
- Make sure that their crawling path is devoid of any hazards or things that could potentially be dangerous to your child.
- Ideally, when your baby looks like they’re going to crawl, you want to place the palm of your hands just behind their feet so that they can have something to push off from.
Things You Need to Avoid
- Baby walkers are a huge no-no because it can hamper the development of the muscles that are required for your baby to crawl and can potentially be dangerous to your child overall
- Do not put your baby in baby carriers or baby seats as they should be able to crawl freely. Allow them to do so by giving them ample time every day.
- Never push your child in an attempt to make them learn how to crawl much faster. Just let them and support them always.