Parents are always anxious about when their babies will finally move on their own. Although they are cute and cuddly, at first, we all want them to be independent and advance their motor skills. Crawling is a major developmental milestone does not begin immediately; they are born, and you may have to wait a year before you notice it. Some parents may never get to see their babies crawl because the babies skip the phase and begin to walk directly.
Crawling – A Major Developmental Milestone
Crawling is a tough job and requires a baby to use both mind and body, according to pediatricians.
During crawling babies achieve more than just reaching for their toys or to where their mother or sitter is. They also develop navigation skills and memorize facts. For example, they will need to remember their route, which requires them to go round the coffee table and beyond a particular object in the room to reach their favorite toys.
It is essential for their future development as they will replace their anxiety for separation with reaching out to where they are sure they will find the item. You will no longer have problems with separation anxiety anymore.
When To Expect?
In this position, they will lift their head to look around and build the strength in their neck, shoulders, and arms. They will also kick their feet to strengthen the hips and legs. If they do not fancy being on the tummy position, you can try to make it enjoyable by placing their favorite toy before them.
It will help you engage their attention and keep them in this position longer. You can also lie on your tummy-side by your baby’s side to play and talk to them. When you finally notice the mini-pushups, you will know they are ready to go. They will lift and prop on their arms then rock forward and backward playfully. They can push off their knees and move on to get to their toys.
What Should Parents Expect After The Crawling Starts?
Before the babies become good at crawling, you will notice a weird style. The lack of stability and balance should not worry you as the baby needs time to build muscle and get used to the process. The child learns to manage bodyweight and move forward most probably in commando style. Each child is different, and so is their ability to learn and adapt to steps ahead.
Moving one arm and the opposite hind leg like an animal would do on its fours. Although you may be frustrated at this, there is no need whatsoever to worry as this weird crawling types will fade sooner into a real crawls then walking. The important thing is that the baby has a focus on moving by itself. To help them, you may also try to do it correctly so they will learn from you. Do not get discouraged if they choose to keep their style of locomotion; it will not last long anyway.