Babies and Crawling
It’s a very exciting time when your baby first starts to crawl. Suddenly your little baby will go from staying in one place to being able to maneuver all around the house.
Crawling is one of the major developmental milestones and you may be wondering just when your baby is going to start crawling.
While most babies will crawl between six to ten months, there are some babies that don’t bother with this milestone at all. They go straight from sitting and rolling to standing and walking.
As well as the time differences when a baby starts to crawl, there is also a big difference between babies in how they choose to crawl.
Learning to Crawl
When your baby first learns to move around and crawl she’ll most likely start out by shuffling around on her stomach. She’ll use her arms to pull herself along on her tummy.
After a little while of doing this, she’ll be able to discover that she can rock back and forth and balance on her hands and knees.
From this position on her hands and knees, she’ll quickly learn that she can push backwards and forwards on her knees. In no time, she’ll be scooting from one room to the next and doing all kinds of exploring.
From Sitting to Crawling
When your baby is about eight months old she’ll be able to sit quite well with very little support. You may find her moving from a sitting position to her hands and knees.
At this time, her back, leg, and arm muscles will be strong enough to keep her from falling flat onto the floor. Once she’s mastered this position she’ll soon be able to figure out that she can push off with her knees to give her the motion she needs to start moving forward.
At first, she may move backwards away from that toy she wants to grab. But with a bit of practice, she’ll be able to crawl forward. It also won’t take her long to figure out that she can move from crawling back into a sitting position.
Babies love to practice crawling and by about one year she’ll be crawling with great confidence. She’ll soon be ready to start taking her first steps!
Crawling Means Mischief
Once your baby has started crawling, make sure to let her crawl as much as she wants to. She’ll have lots of energy and be excited to discover that she can explore wherever she wants to go.
Crawling also means that your baby is going to be able to get into a lot of mischiefs. You need to ensure that your home environment is safe and secure, so she doesn’t get into trouble or injure herself.
You’ll need to baby-proof your home as best you can. It might be easier to baby-proof a portion of your home rather than every room. This way you can keep a closer eye on her when she’s in other areas of your home.
You’ll still need to watch your baby as close as you can since no matter how safe you make a room, your baby is always going to find something new to explore.
Baby-Proofing for Your Crawling Baby
Just because your baby is now old enough to be crawling around on the floor it doesn’t mean that she’s going to understand the rules of what she can touch and what she shouldn’t touch.
It’s up to you to baby-proof your home so that it’s a safe place for your baby to explore and play.
A good way to see what it is that your baby is going to run into when crawling around the floor is to get down there and see for yourself what it’s like to take a crawl from one room to the next.
Here are some of the more obvious things to think of when baby-proofing:
- Electrical cords;
- Electrical outlets;
- Baby gates at the bottom and tops of stairs;
- Locks on toilet seats;
- Plants that are within your baby’s reach;
- Small tables that can tip over;
- Cleaning supplies, whether poisonous or not, that are within your baby’s reach;
- Sharp edges and corners on furniture; and
- Fragile objects that your baby can knock over or grab.
As well as making sure that your baby’s crawling environment is safe, you’ll also want to make sure that it’s clean. You don’t want your baby crawling through dirt and household soil as she explores her world.
After all, you can be sure that what’s on the floor is going to end up in her mouth!
Make Crawling Fun
Crawling is just as exciting for your baby as it is for you. Why not make it as fun as you can by setting up an obstacle course around the house for her to negotiate?
Put boxes, pillows, and larger toys around the room and watch her move around. This type of play will help to build your baby’s confidence as well as her agility and speed when she’s moving around.
Always make sure to stay close by so that you’re there to lend a helping hand.