A very nice and fun milestone in the young life of your child learn to crawl. Because crawling is an important step towards walking. When your baby is going to crawl can vary greatly per child. Some babies first go for a tiger or on the bill sliders before they learn to crawl. And again, others are crawling all over! Is that bad? And how can you encourage learning to crawl? You read it in this blog!
When does a baby crawl?
First you must realize that every baby develops at his or her own pace. There is no clear guideline for when your baby needs to learn how to crawl. Most babies start crawling between 7 and 10 months. It may be that your little one is earlier, but later, of course, too. If it is the case that your baby does not make any moves after a year to get moving (so do not pee or slide around) and your baby always stays in the same place, then it is good to present this to the clinic.
From crawling to crawling
There are many babies (but not all of them) who first start to dig before they learn to crawl. The first step to tiger is that your baby will slide up and down on the belly. Later you can see how your baby will turn around his or her own axis, like a young dog running behind his tail. Super cute. A little later, your little one finds out that when she puts herself off with her feet and then pulls her arms forward, she can also come forward. Ahhh handy!
Tigers are especially easy on a smooth or wooden floor. If your baby can grow, it usually does not take long for your baby to crawl by itself. If you have a smooth floor at home, it can take a little longer for your baby to move to crawl, because crawling on a slippery floor is more difficult. Therefore, make sure that you also regularly put your baby on a rug.
Learn to crawl
Some babies postpone learning to crawl and slide on the buttocks. Sometimes they push themselves through using two legs, sometimes they only use one leg. It is not bad in itself if your little one is a bilge penny. With some children, the steps are the step before they start walking. If your baby is an avid bobbin, then it may be that he starts walking a bit later because your baby trains on the bottom of the legs and then develops during crawling.
You can stimulate your baby to learn how to crawl through:
- Your baby regularly on the belly to lay. Make it fun for your baby to lie on the belly by playing games.
- Can your baby roll over already? If that is not the case, it is good to encourage rolling over.
- Play with your baby on the parental bed. Here your child can enjoy themselves safely with rolling over, sitting, falling over, etc.
Baby does not crawl
You only have to intervene if your baby does not start moving completely after a year in the form of tigering, shuffling or rolling over. As long as this is not the case, nothing is wrong. Incidentally, not every baby crawls. Some babies do not learn to crawl, but become real bill sliders. That, too, is a good intermediate step to walking. Other babies simply skip everything and immediately start to move up to explore the world vertically. This is their intermediate step to walk.
Crawling skip consequences
If your baby spends learning how to crawl and immediately starts to pull up and stand or start to grow, then that is not bad at all: even then your baby will learn to walk properly. Sometimes there is a very simple reason why your child misses the creep, namely because your floor is too slippery or too hard. This makes it easier to crawl.
Then think of floor insulation! Especially if your baby is going to crawl, make sure you use a pleasant floor by using clothing or insulation. Knowing more?
Intermediate steps for learning to crawl
Before your baby can learn to crawl, your baby must first have mastered other skills, otherwise your baby will never succeed. First of all, it is very important that your baby spent a lot of time on the belly. Put your baby under the supervision only and slowly build it up. If your baby is on the belly, your baby trains the neck, back and arm muscles that are very important for crawling.
From the moment your baby can lift the head and chest well, your baby is strong enough to crawl or crawl. What can also be an intermediate step to crawling, is that your baby first learns to sit independently. This does not have to be very long. Incidentally, it does not have to be that your baby must first learn to sit before your little one can crawl.
Tips and exercises baby learning crawling
A large part of the development of your baby goes automatically. Especially if you let your baby spend enough time on the belly. Yet it can never hurt to encourage your baby to subtly move a little more. Do not, however, force your child or discourage your child. See, for example, that your baby can only move sideways or backwards, just let him go ahead!
Ways to subtly learn to crawl your child:
- Put your baby on the stomach regularly. Do not you like your baby that much? Then place him with his belly on your stomach. Your baby feels safer then and can look at you nicely.
- Make the moments on the belly nice, by sitting in front of your baby and singing or moving toys for the face. Very cozy! As soon as your baby does not like it anymore, the tummy time is over. Do not force your baby to stay longer.Try again after a few hours and build it up like this.
- Learning to crawl on a smooth or hard floor is quite a challenge. If you have such a floor, put a piece of carpet or foam tiles on it. A large play mat could also be, but usually folds too much.
- Do not put your child too much in the sitting posture, because it is precisely when your baby is lying that he has more freedom of movement.
- Try to get your child on all fours, help him a little by offering something to hold on to. Keep this to the minimum. Do not practice for more than a minute, otherwise your baby will not like it anymore.
- If your baby tries something, reward him by giving compliments, laughing and seeking eye contact.
Learning crawling toys
Toys can also help to teach your baby to crawl. These are especially toys that move. Your baby will have the need to check the back of these toys and to move accordingly. Moving toys are for example a ball, train or car. Let your baby play with it and let your baby do his or her best to grab the toy when it is rolled away. However, do not tease your baby for too long, because that raises frustration.