Whether your child has reached six months or is still a newborn and is already rolling over, probably you are eagerly waiting for the day the baby will begin crawling. Luckily you don’t have to teach your kid how to crawl. This developmental milestone comes naturally when your child is ready. However, here are things you can do to help your baby learn how to crawl and get moving.
1. Find A Comfortable Area For Them To Explore
Look for a position on the floor that has interesting things that your baby can explore safely. When you stay in an uncarpeted room, then you can assist your kid to begin scooting across the floor slowly by dressing them in long pants and sleeves. Doing this on a smooth area will help your baby crawl with less friction on the floor, making it easier for them to start.
2. Provide Your Baby With An Adequate Tummy Time
Babies love sitting on their backs; this is advisable. But its always good to provide them with some tummy time daily when they are awake. Once your baby spends most of the time sleeping on their belly, they familiarize with raising their head away from the ground.
Doing this strengthens their back and trunk and helps them move their limbs quickly and freely. All these activities will help your baby develop the muscles needed for crawling.
Some kids might not feel nice during the tummy time during the first days, and they might end up protesting or screaming. This shouldn’t worry you! You can do I in short bursts and for a short time during the session. And finally, you can also try a bonding tummy through lying down on your back then place the kid on your stomach then look at their face as they practice to raise their head.
3. Lower The Amount Of Time In Bouncers And Walkers
Babies who don’t get enough time on the floor might end up taking a long time to build the strength needed for crawling. Even though baby bouncers, walkers, baby seats, swings, and others are a great way to keep your baby properly confined, providing your baby with some floor time will encourage them to explore and move.
4. Offer Them Extra Motivation
Small babies have an innate drive towards the movement. But you can make this more motivating and exciting by providing them an object to reach for. You can do this by placing their favorite toy on a specific place on the floor, but make sure the toy is out of reach. This will make them interested and give them a goal to strive for in their attempt to move.
Furthermore, you can trick your baby by placing a mirror on the ground in front of them then once they see their reflection on the mirror, the baby will get motivated to scoot then slowly crawl towards the object.
Your baby will try other creative methods to get to the toy, like stretching and rolling, and you might end up in a problem if you fail to help them. However, if you resist the urge to move the toy some distance closer, you’ll be amazed at how patient they will be as they struggle to solve the problem independently.
5. Crawl with the Baby
To facilitate a quick baby crawling session, allow them to practice it! One excellent way you can do this is lying close to them then support their stomach while they are on all fours.
After that, carefully hold most of the baby’s weight. At the same time, allow their feet and hands to touch the floor. Doing this will familiarize them with crawling movements and feelings.
Also, the truth is, even if the baby sees their best toy some distance away, they might not understand how to start crawling or scooting. But once you demonstrate to them what to do to get to the object, they will imitate the movement then attempt to move toward the item.
6. Don’t Make The Baby Struggle
Please remember to have fun and be patient with your baby, and if he gets tired and starts crying while playing, it’s OK, you can call off the exercise and allow your baby to sleep.
Your baby needs to develop some positive associations with the crawling practice and tummy time. Therefore, never force the baby to crawl when they aren’t enjoying the exercise, and always appreciate them after the exercise.
How to Teach a Baby to Crawl Down Stairs
moving down the stairs consumes more effort and time than climbing the stairs. Here are injury-free ways to follow if you want to teach your toddler how to crawl down the stairs.
1. Make The Baby Crawl In A Reversing Manner Down The Stairs
Before the baby begins experimenting on their own, teach her certain down-climbing lessons. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is for the baby to crawl down the stairs with her tummy support. Let the baby place her knee on the lower step in a reverse crawling way. As the baby is doing this, please be careful, so the baby doesn’t fall.
2. Scooting Down the Stairs
Once your baby understands how to crawl in a reverse manner down the stairs, now teach her how to scoot down. Let her sit a few distances above you then use your hands to assist your baby scoot to the next step. Keep on doing this and the baby will enjoy the training session.
3. Go Slow and Steady
Once your baby moves down the stairs courageously in sitting positions, you can now train her to crawl down. Among the best ways for babies to crawl down the stairs is starting with the bottom three steps. immediately the baby starts moving, hold their hand then help them in moving down the stairs. After that, allow the baby practice on her own once she gets some comfort. But remember to be careful during all this time.
That’s how to teach your growing baby to crawl. However, even if your baby can safely crawl down the stairs, you must still take precautions to prevent accidents and make your house a safe place.
- Never allow your child to carry toys and other things while crawling down the stairs
- Teach your child that playing on the stairs is risky
- Ensure that the stairwells are properly lit
- Keep your stairs free from clutter and toys
- Fix handrails if they aren’t present
Don’t forget that children’s safety should evolve as they grow through close supervision.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.