We know how exciting it is to see your baby achieve a new developmental milestone. One of those moments is when your little one learns to crawl. However, not every baby learns how to do it in traditional way, and not everyone starts crawling at the same age. For example, there are children that skip crawling all together, while others learn different ways to move or drag themselves. What’s important is that they figure out a way to explore and learn from their surroundings.
Sometimes, even if babies are able to be on all fours, they aren’t able to move forward just yet. It seems as if they want to start moving, but they can’t take that first big step. If that’s the case, your baby needs to gain more confidence before moving around the world on hands and knees. Maybe during the learning process you’ll see him get frustrated for not being able to move as he wishes. Learning how to crawl is more difficult than we imagine: your baby needs to coordinate the movement of arms and legs, as well as gaining enough strength to support his own weight. That’s why it is so important to be patient during this stage and, above all, not worry if your little one is still not able to crawl or has difficulties doing it.
You can always help and stimulate your baby to crawl on hands and knees. Try these ideas on different surfaces, at different times of day, and show him bright and interesting toys to keep him entertained:
- Make sure your little one gets enough tummy time during the day. This will help him develop the muscular strength needed to crawl.
- Encourage him to reach for the objects that call his attention.
- Make sure there’s enough space for him to explore.
- Place your palms against the soles of his feet when he is on all fours and push him gently to propel him forward.
Remember not to put pressure on your baby, since he’ll crawl whenever he is ready. The ideal is to stimulate and support him when you see he’s trying to move. Each baby develops at their own pace, so don’t worry if your little one takes longer. One day he’ll surprise you!