Every feat, big and small, can make mom and dad jump with glee. Smiles, sitting up, and learning to interact are some of the many milestones that are deeply treasured by parents. Crawling, which appears around 7-9 months, is among these celebrated milestones as it marks the beginning of baby on the move. This milestone is worth digging deeper into because there’s a lot to discuss when your kiddo can easily go from point A to point B. You might even think that your kiddo is turning into a sneaky ninja.
The Mighty Baby Encouraged to Crawl
Crawling is an extraordinary feat for a child because it requires strength, coordination, and balance. How then exactly can you get your kiddo to build up to crawling? The secret sauce is to practice with tummy time. You can practice plenty by engaging in activities that make tummy time sessions more exciting. While baby is on their tummy, you can encourage crawling by placing objects out of reach. You can try these other suggestions by pathways.org to help get your kiddo cruising right along.
When Trouble Strikes with Crawling
Look out! Crawling baby on the loose. When your baby is on the move, you’ll want to be extra cautious about surrounding objects and supervision. Always supervise your baby when they’re in motion. There’s a lot to explore, even dangerous items around the house. Keep what you can out of reach, but also be mindful in creating a space for your baby to explore around without the fear of hazards. Spacious playpens or near-empty rooms can help in providing this space. Of course, that watchful parent-eye of yours is going to come in handy when crawling appears. Supervision is key after all!
Around the 7-month mark, your kiddo should have conquered other physical milestones too. If more milestones are not met in addition to crawling, you’ll want to set up an appointment with your primary care provider. Seek help if your kiddo:
- Does not trying to get things that are out of reach
- Does not roll over from stomach to back and back to stomach
- Appears stiff and has tight muscles
- Appears floppy like a teddy bear
- Cannot bring things to mouth
- Is unable to life head
- Cannot push up on arms during tummy time
Remember that all kiddos are a bit different, and there’s no shame in reaching out for a little extra assistance. That’s what we’re here for!
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